This month, Corey J. Hogan and the personal injury team at HoganWillig obtained a significant settlement on behalf of our clients who lost four family members in a 2003 aviation accident in Florida. While this settlement cannot replace the lives of their loved ones, we hope that they can now begin to find peace and enjoy greater financial security. As stated by our client, “It has been a long road, but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is important that we never gave up that we would be able to obtain justice. Without the team at HoganWillig, these results would not have been possible.”
Airplane crashes cause a substantial amount of pain and suffering for all those involved—families, friends and the surrounding community. Dealing with that pain and suffering can at times be unbearable, especially given the suddenness of a loved one being taken away. At the beginning, it is hard to imagine how one will press on and be able to continue supporting (financially and emotionally) the survivors of the victim. It is a rare occurrence when family or friends don’t question “why did this happen” and wonder if the accident was fate or if it could have been prevented.
Over 100 Million American adults have not designated an agent to make medical decisions or documented the type of care they desire. Although it can be a difficult issue to tackle, it is important for all adults to think about who would make certain medical decisions for them in the event they were too sick to convey their wishes personally. In some cases, the individuals assume that their spouses or children can step in and take over the medical decision-making. However, New York is one of a few states that do not automatically authorize families to make critical medical decisions for loved ones who lack the capacity to decide for themselves. Unfortunately, this fact is often not discovered until it is too late. As a result of the failure to specifically designate an agent to carry out your wishes, your family members and doctors could face bitter, lengthy legal battles in an effort to determine what treatments you would want.