Wrongful death lawsuits underway following October plane crash

Lion Air flight JT610 tragically crashed into the Java Sea on Oct. 29, 2018. The incident, which occurred shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, killed 189 people. Authorities have not yet determined the official cause of the accident. However, at least three wrongful death lawsuits have already been filed against Boeing Co., the Chicago-based company which manufactured the airplane.

The lawsuits claim Boeing is responsible for the crash because the plane's faulty sensors caused its anti-stall system to improperly engage, forcing the plane's nose down again and again despite the pilots' attempts to point the nose back up. The lawsuits also claim that because the instruction manuals were inadequate, the pilots were unable to respond appropriately to the malfunctions.

What to know about wrongful death lawsuits

The losses caused by airplane crashes are devastating to the victims' families. If one of your loved ones was killed by the Lion Air flight JT610 crash, or other airplane crash, you may be able to receive compensation to cover your loved one's funeral expenses and your family's loss of support, loss of wages and emotional distress. To potentially receive this compensation, the personal representative of your loved one's estate must bring a wrongful death lawsuit against an entity whose negligence caused the death.

In general, there are many factors that could cause or contribute to an airplane crash, and the liable entity can vary depending on the cause. In the Lion Air flight JT610 instance, the relatives of the victims are bringing their lawsuits against Boeing. A manufacturer, like Boeing, may be liable when a defect in the airplane, or in a component of the airplane, causes a crash.

If a wrongful death lawsuit successfully proves liability, financial compensation may be awarded to the victim's estate. The estate will then be distributed based on the decedent's will.

Accidents happen. However, no one should have to suffer because of an accident caused by someone else's negligence. Nothing can bring back a loved one, but litigation may be able to help recover some of the financial losses associated with the death of a loved one.

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