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Defective Parts Caused Fatal Plane Crash, Families Awarded $48M

After winning a wrongful death lawsuit against an aftermarket parts dealer in 2011, the families who lost their loved ones in a 2006 plane crash learned last week that their $48 million verdict has been affirmed.

The families' loved ones were killed in a tragic plane crash while on a skydiving adventure. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the victims had boarded a plane to go skydiving, but shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed. Seven out of the eight people who were on the plane that crashed had died from their injuries.

After investigating the plane crash, the families discovered that the plane's blades had been made with substandard materials. The families pursued a lawsuit against a parts dealer, claiming that the dealer knowingly sold the defective blades that were used on the plane. But after a jury returned a $48 million verdict, which included $20 million in compensatory damages and $28 million in punitive damages, a Missouri judge later dismissed the plaintiffs' $28 million punitive award.

The plaintiffs fought the judge's decision, but an appeals court agreed that the plaintiffs did not provide enough evidence in their case to prove that the parts dealer had knowingly sold defective plane blades. However, this ruling was overturned by another appeals court last week. The court ruled that the plaintiffs had indeed made a strong case for punitive damages, meaning that the full award of $48 million has been affirmed.

When pursuing a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one in an aviation accident, you will want to make sure you consult an attorney who knows how to handle these types of complex claims. An experienced attorney will make sure the cause of your loved one's accident is thoroughly investigated as well as the cause of your loved one's fatal injuries. With this information and other evidence, an experienced attorney will fight to protect your rights so that you can recover the compensation you may be entitled to receive for the loss of your loved one.

Source: emissourian.com, "Court affirms $48 million verdict in Sullvan plane crash," May 9, 2013

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