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Clifford Law Offices Offers Free Article on Airline Cases

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 20, 2008

A free legal article with a look at airline cases and aviation litigation is now available from Clifford Law Offices. The Chicago law offices are posting aviation legal articles on their website at

An introduction is provided here, with a link to the full article below:

When a Southwest Airlines jet skidded off the runway in a snowstorm at Midway Airport, it crashed through a barrier and slammed into the family car of Joshua Woods that was on a nearby street.

The six-year-old was singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” when he was killed before the eyes of his parents and two brothers, who also were hurt. The family brought a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court (Woods v. Southwest Airlines, No. 06 L 3686, 2006) which was removed to federal court (Woods v Southwest Airlines, No. 06 C 2203, N.D.Ill., 2006). The case later settled, but the issue continues to come up in aviation cases.

The issue of where airline cases should be filed is an issue early in aviation litigation. Robert Clifford, nationally renown aviation attorney, examines the issue in an article that appeared in the Chicago Lawyer, “Not All Airline Cases ‘Arise Under’ Federal Law. To read more,

click here for full article

“We are now offering aviation articles to help educate the public on legal issues”, says Robert A. Clifford, Founder.

About Clifford Law Offices

Clifford Law Offices is ranked one of the top Chicago aviation law firms. The staff includes an experienced airplane accident attorney, aviation attorney, aviation lawyer, aviation accident attorney, Chicago lawyers, Chicago attorneys, and more.

Toll Free: (800) 899-0410

Phone: (312) 899-9090

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What is a propulsionist?

Question by frui_tloops: What is a propulsionist?
My little sister just graduated from elementary school and so I was looking through her yearbook. Under the kids names it shows what they want to be when they grow up, so i saw a variety of things like Broadway Actress, Male Model, Marine Biologist, Criminal Lawyer, Stock and Bond Trader, Supreme Court Judge, Commodities Broker, Scientist of Aviation. Neurosurgeon, Duck Farm Owner, Horse Wrangler, Hedge Fund CEO (i was amazed at that one), and then i saw Propulsionist. I looked it up and couldn’t find anything but the definition: “Propulsion: a propelling force”. My cousin said that maybe its some type of engineer, but im thinking possibly a motivational speaker. Any ideas?

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Answer by RAY G
Someone who specialises in propulsion mechanisms.

Typically it refers to people working on “fringe” technologies that they hope will propel UFO-like craft by principles not accepted/known by mainstream science.

See Google Books:

* The Propulsionist
* Anti-Gravity & the Unified Field

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Aviation Attorney ? A Unique History Of Work And Educational Experience

Aviation Attorney ? A Unique History Of Work And Educational Experience

All attorneys need an extremely complicated set of skills in order to be successful and victorious; however, an aviation attorney needs all the skills of any other lawyer plus a very unique history of work and educational experience. Aviation lawyers not only need to be well versed in the typical legal techniques and linguistics, but must also be able to apply that knowledge to the complicated field of aviation law. Therefore, a working knowledge of both private and commercial aviation is required. This necessitates either a strong educational background in commercial flight or direct experience in the flight industry.

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In order to sift through all of these possibilities for even a simple accident where there is little damage or no injury takes an incredible amount of patience, commitment, and specific knowledge of aviation terminology, physics, and procedural experience. An aviation attorney has usually had some past experience with flight and could have been a commercial pilot in the past. Several lawyers are still currently licensed pilots and fly private planes in their free time. This experience helps a successful lawyer sort through the minutia of the data quickly and efficiently thereby assigning fault and liability more accurately.

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Aviation law is a complicated legal field. A successful aviation attorney has be well versed in the complex and intricate processes that happen thousands of time a day across the nation at local airports in order to quickly and effectively assign liability where appropriate. In order to do these a lawyer must not only understand the legal aspects of the situation, but the aeronautical aspects of it as well. He or she can do this by either having direct experience as a pilot or through additional education I a related field.

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Availing The Right Claim With An Aviation Accident Lawyer

Availing The Right Claim With An Aviation Accident Lawyer

Being involved in aviation accident is one of the nightmares you never expect to dream. Now, it already happened and luckily you survived in the accident. Perhaps, you are thankful enough for the chances of surviving but you are still in the midst of critical condition while you are confined in the hospital. Basically, big airline companies have their written conditions and representation of claims for every aviation accident. Because of the helpless situation, you barely need the assistance of an aviation accident lawyer upon availing it.

Your personal aviation accident lawyer will work out to do some study and investigation to get the proper compensation entitled to you. There’s also an instance that the victim is your husband that had not given a chance to survive in the accident. Hence, you are in the right side to fight for the justice of proper claims. Obviously, you cannot bring back the life of your beloved partner through the use of money but it will be a great help in your family to adjust and overcome the financial crisis.

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Handling of aviation accident case is very complicated for there’s a need of thorough processes before getting the right justice. There are some cases that the airline company ignore the demand of the victim’s family and just give as little as possible claims that may not be enough for hospitalization and medical cost of survivors. With this situation, an aviation accident lawyer will be your strong companion who will fight for your right against the injustice treatment of the company.

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Kansas City Law Firm Commemorates 25th Anniversary

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) November 3, 2009

The Kansas City, Missouri law firm of Robb & Robb LLC is commemorating its 25th anniversary year this month. The firm has become one of the nation’s most well-known and successful plaintiff’s transportation law firms, with over 0 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of its clients. The firm was founded in 1984 by partners Gary C. Robb and Anita Porte Robb, both of whom worked for large defense firms after graduating Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Law School. They independently reached the conclusion that their hearts were with Plaintiff’s causes, and began their Plaintiff’s firm with only four cases. Over the past 25 years, their precedent setting cases have resulted in improved safety practices as well as record setting outcomes in cases across the country.

Their 25th anniversary year has been a busy one for the law firm. Highlights of the firm’s outcomes this year have included a .2 million jury verdict in a wrongful death case relating to a movie filming in Des Moines, Iowa (Schlotzhauer v. The Final Season, et al, Law. No. CL 102824, Polk County, Iowa), and a million settlement in a plane crash lawsuit in Chicago, Illinois ((Waugh v. Morgan Stanley, et al, Case No. 06 L 001410. Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, County Department, Law Division). In addition, the firm has been busy handling local high-profile cases, including a fatal school bus crash case which occurred outside Kansas City. “We have had our hands exceptionally full this year,” says partner Anita Porte Robb.

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Founded in 1984, the law firm of Robb & Robb, LLC has long been recognized as a leading transportation law firm in the United States. The firm’s cases have been featured on the CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Larry King Live, and have been covered in USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, AOL Online, as well as many local media sources.

Aviation lawyer Gary C. Robb has been designated by Forbes magazine just this year as “by far the most successful helicopter crash attorney in the U.S.” Ms. Robb has been named by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s “Top Ten Women Trial Lawyers,” and by Lawyers USA as one of five “Women of Note” nationwide.

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Learning From Aviation Disasters

Learning From Aviation Disasters

Air travel has become an everyday occurrence and air travel is rarely thought of as a risk. That said, latest figures suggest that, on average, one thousand people per year die worldwide through aviation disasters. Add to this the one and a half thousand people that die in light aircraft, business jets and helicopters and the risk is propelled into the arena a little more forcefully. Of course, this does have to be balanced in some proportion to the fact that hundreds of flights with thousands of passengers take place every single day of the year.

Although just about everyone travelling with an airline will have taken out some sort of insurance, in the event of an accident or incident, they or their families are still entitled to claim compensation also. In nearly all cases the compensation secured will amount to considerably more than the insurance pay out, particularly if it is secured by a specialist aviation lawyer that has in depth knowledge of the international laws surrounding air disasters.

General injury lawyers can, in no way, possess the ability to deal with such complex issues such as air disasters. There is an international framework of laws specific to aviation accidents and they become very complex when you consider how many aspects there are to deal with from piloting to navigation from maintenance to manufacturing and design.

When an accident or major incidence occurs in the UK, the Air Accident Investigation Branch, who are part of the Department of Transport, will investigate in order to determine exactly what happened. This is not for the purpose of apportioning blame but to ensure that safety is improved upon to prevent repeat occurrences. The AAIB have the power to make safety recommendations as they see fit and adhering to this is bound to carry insurance implications for future flights.

Aviation insurance is a multifaceted business and totally different to every other type of insurance. Most aviation insurance is held with insurers in London and large aircraft manufacturers will take out around billion cover to insure against each accident. These insurers will appoint specialist aviation defence lawyers to represent their clients and protect their income.

That said, how could your average injury lawyer possible take on companies that have the latest inside knowledge on aviation laws as well as foreign laws? How could they possibly have the right contacts to deal with air disasters and to secure the best compensation for their victims and their families when up against this sort of knowledge?

That is why the best plan for compensation claims from air disasters is an aviation lawyer. These lawyers are adept and dealing with these types of cases only and therefore can apply everything they know to the case in question. Aviation lawyers will often be instructed to act on behalf of all the passengers and passenger’s families that are affected by an individual plane crash.

A single individual barely stands a chance of gaining compensation from the global companies involved in aviation without the assistance of an aviation lawyer. There are often language barriers to overcome as well as understanding foreign laws if the accident occurred overseas and also the understanding of the way aviation insurance, insurers and their lawyers operate.

With an aviation lawyer the case will still be complex and often drawn out but the end result will be that something positive came out of something terrible. Compensation will have been gained for those entitled and measures will be put in place to prevent a repeat of the accident.

Legal expert Catherine Harvey looks at how aviation disasters require specialist aviation lawyers to extract compensation from those responsible.

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