Ribbeck Law Chartered files a multi-million dollar lawsuit on behalf of the families against Boeing, the US manufacturers of Dana Air Plane.
The search for justice, a multimillion dollar lawsuit begins.
American firm Ribbeck Law files case against Boeing on behalf of the families of the victims of Dana Air plane crash Chicago, Friday, June 29, 2012: the first pleading in the USA was filed against the parent company of McDonnell Douglas, Boeing.
Boeing is the manufacturer of the aircraft that crashed in Lagos on June 3, 2012. Boeing is the first defendant named in the case filed by Ribbeck Law in Chicago.
Deon Botha, a member of Ribbeck Law stated that “it is of most importance to the families of the victims we represent that all responsible parties are brought to justice without exception. Sometimes a person can be so negligent that it amounts to a crime, especially if the criminal negligence results in people getting killed”.
Rose Metcalf, a member of Ribbeck Law as well, stated that the action in Chicago had been filed on behalf of Uchegbu Chukwuemeka Michael, as a Personal Administrator of the Estate of his brother, Uchegbu Chukwuebuka Philip, who died in the crash.
Although the families of the victims are from different countries and regions, they are united in their search for the truth and justice. They are together in their desire to find the real cause of the crash.
Mr. Uchegbu Chukwuemeka Michael stated that “it is important to learn the cause of these terrible plane crashes. Four plane crashes of identical model have occurred in the past five years killing hundreds of people. Through our lawsuit we seek to find the real cause of this crash. Our goal is to avoid similar accidents in the future from happening again. Through our efforts changes to the planes will be made ultimately resulting in saving lives.”
Mr. Uchegbu Chukwuemeka Michael further said “It is important that we protect the rights of the families immediately and before the engineering, design, manufacturing and maintenance records disappear. We have asked Ribbeck Law to request that all records involving the control systems of the aircraft be protected and provided to the families’ legal representatives immediately. We should not wait a day longer”
Each of the lawsuits will be filed individually in accordance with the losses and damages each family has suffered. Deon Botha explained that the Petition for Discovery filed in Cook County, demands that the court order the defendants to immediately release to the families all relevant evidence concerning design and manufacturing records of the accident aircraft as well as any records concerning its maintenance.
The Petition for Discovery has been filed against Boeing, the United States manufacturer of the Dana Air plane. The plane was originally designed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas. Boeing acquired McDonnell Douglas Corporation in 1997. There have been multiple accidents involving this type of plane, McDonnell Douglas aircraft of the same MD-80 series model. For example, the crash of One-Two-Go in Phuket, Thailand on September 16, 2007; another one in Isparta, Turkey on November 30, 2007, yet another one in Madrid, Spain on August 20, 2008. Mr. Botha stated that the families are concerned that there may be similarities among these crashes. We have retained aviation experts to determine if there are design and manufacturing defects that could be causing these crashes so they could be corrected.
Mr. Botha stated that among other things, the Petition for Discovery requests that the judge find the identity of any and all owners of the aircraft. In addition, the Petition demands the identity of all of the lessors and lessees of the aircraft. The petition specifically asks for the disclosure of the companies performing any maintenance work to the aircraft during the time it operated under the control of Dana Air. Moreover, it demands to know the name of the company which made the engines. The Petition demands the disclosure of the names of the ailerons and aileron control system of the air. The Petition also requests the disclosure of information pertaining to the elevators and elevator control system.
Finally, it demands disclosure regarding the rudder, the rudder control system, the flaps and the flap controls systems of the disaster aircraft.
The filing in the USA will secure through the courts evidence of possible design and manufacturing defects that may have contributed to the disaster. Mr. Botha said “through the initial discovery process in the courts we will obtain for the families all the facts and information necessary to prove fault and from the start will seek to preserve the evidence in this case, including protecting the wreckage from destructive testing.” “We will leave no stoned unturned, and successful discovery achieves the goal of setting the tone from the onset. It will lead to earlier and higher recovery amounts for our cases.”
During this initial discovery period all documents such as design, manufacturing, maintenance records, safety manuals, internal memos and other evidence that might support the case is collected.
Ribbeck Law Chartered, based in Chicago, concentrates in litigation involving wrongful death and catastrophic injury arising from aviation disasters.
It has represented victims of aircraft accidents in major aviation litigation in more than 30 cases, several involving McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series planes.
Ribbeck Law Chartered currently represents the largest number of victims of plane crashes in Europe, America, South East Asia and the Pacific Rim and is litigating in courts in the USA on behalf of victims of aircraft disasters that occurred in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Ribbeck Law Chartered’s successes have resulted in maximum and record breaking compensation for victim’s families.
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