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Award-winning Aviation Attorneys

The personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Clifford Law Offices have dedicated their careers to understanding the complexities and logistics involved in explosions, railroad tragedies and premises liability.


Clifford Law Offices’ highly experienced aviation attorney team has successfully represented passengers and crew members involved in commercial aviation, private aircraft, corporate jet and helicopter accidents.


Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices of Chicago, has experience representing passengers injured or the families of those who have lost loved ones involving midair and exploding engines, similar to the tragedy that struck in April when a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas had to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia because of a mid-air engine problem that killed a female passenger. Several others were injured in that incident. He represents a number of passengers injured in a fire after a similar uncontained engine failure (UEF) on American Airlines Flight 737 at O’Hare Airport in October 2016, that forced an aborted takeoff.


In August 2016, Southwest Airlines Flight 3472 from New Orleans to Orlando experienced a UEF of the same engine (CFM56-7) involved in the tragedy on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 to Dallas. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has not completed its investigation into Flight 3472, and Clifford has called for the immediate grounding of all flights with similar engines until the fan disks and blades are repaired, and a replacement plan is finalized. “This is drastic action but we now have positive proof of the deadly and negligent consequences of not doing so,” said Clifford, an internationally recognized aviation crash lawyer.


Clifford served as co-lead counsel in yet another similar UEF accident involving United Airlines Flight 232 where an engine exploded in mid-air in July 1989, and the DC-10 wide-body airliner crash landed at Sioux City, Iowa, killing 144 people and injuring many more as it cartwheeled in flames down the runway. The firm has solid aviation crash experience for victims and their families.


Clifford Law Offices also has extensive experience in helicopter crash accidents. For example, the firm obtained a $10 million settlement on behalf of a Brazilian executive who was killed with his wife and the pilot in a short flight from New York to New Jersey. Robert Clifford and Kevin Durkin also received a $4.1 million settlement on behalf of a photographer killed when a helicopter crashed in a Chicago suburb. They frequently offer programs and are quoted in the press on the safety of helicopter flights.


Clifford Law Offices and its aviation law attorney team is involved in determining aviation liability and pursuing aviation litigation around the world. The firm’s highly experienced aviation accident attorney staff has successfully represented passengers and crew members involved in commercial aviation litigation as well as private aircraft, corporate jets and helicopter crashes. The aviation law attorney division of Clifford Law delivers comprehensive counsel in this specialized area.


For all of these reasons, it is imperative that plane crash victims and their families retain the services of an experienced aviation law attorney who has the extensive resources required to usher a complex aviation case from its initial stages to a satisfactory resolution.