Passengers on Southwest Flight 1380 are already consulting with attorneys about their legal rights. After an engine failure blew out a window and sent shrapnel flying into the cabin, one woman died and seven other people suffered injuries. The passengers and crew were traumatized by the emergency, fearing for their lives. Thanks to the pilot’s fighter pilot training, the plane landed safely at Philadelphia International Airport.
Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 passengers may have legal claims
While the cause of this tragedy is still being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, passengers are consulting attorneys about potential lawsuits. It’s still too early to determine specific causes of litigation, but if you were on Flight 1380, your potential claims could include:
- Traumatic injury lawsuits. You could potentially file injury lawsuits if they are diagnosed with PTSD or another trauma injury.
- Personal injury lawsuits. If you suffered shrapnel wounds or other physical injuries, you could potentially file injury lawsuits.
- Wrongful death lawsuits. The family of the deceased passenger could potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit.
- Defective product lawsuits. If it is determined the engine manufacturer or another company knew the engine could fail or knew the design was defective, you could potentially file a defective products lawsuit against the company or companies.
- Breach-of-contract claims. You purchased tickets that contractually promised you would be delivered safely from Point A to Point B. That didn’t happen. You could potentially file a breach-of-contract claim.
Take steps now to protect your health and your legal rights.
You should be consulting with attorneys about your legal rights in the upcoming days and weeks. The full effects and repercussions of this traumatic event will not necessarily be evident right away. However, consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer will help you understand if you have a case and what your next steps should be.
An experienced lawyer will answer your questions, walk you through your legal options, explain the deadlines to file your lawsuit, and help you determine what your next steps should be. At VB Attorneys, our attorneys have helped victims injured in explosions and other tragedies hold billion dollar corporations accountable. We know how to ensure our clients get world-class care and treatment after a traumatic event. From doctors to therapists, we have helped clients recovering from physical injuries, grieving the loss of a loved one, and dealing with the life-long effects of PTSD.
We know how to use the civil justice system to make sure our clients are able to conduct an independent investigation. The government and companies are conducting their own investigations into the Flight 1380 explosion already. Except in our experience, we know that those results may not be made public in time for our clients to get justice. That’s why we file Temporary Restraining Orders on behalf of our clients in these types of cases. (Read about how we’ve used Temporary Restraining orders in explosion cases.) A Temporary Restraining Order prevents the companies from destroying or altering any evidence. It also enables our independent experts to get access to the evidence to conduct their own investigation, allowing our clients to find out who is responsible for their injuries in time to file a lawsuit.
Southwest has historically had excellent customer service and a good maintenance and operation record. That may mean the company will treat you fairly, but you don’t want to risk going up against a billion dollar company without help. Having an attorney on your side will help ensure your legal rights are protected and you get the best outcome possible in the shortest amount of time. If you do have to sue Southwest, you will have the advantage of already consulting an attorney and knowing what to expect. To consult our attorneys about your case, call us at 877-724-7800 or fill out a form on our website.