By: Ira Sherman
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all the passengers whose
lives were lost in the Germanwings airline crash. The acknowledged failure
of the Lufthansa-owned budget-flight spin-off, Germanwings to protect
its passengers from the actions of the co-pilot proved to be fatal to
all 150 people on Flight 9525.
Nothing can bring loved ones back, but the families of the victims do have
an opportunity to pursue justice and accountability against Lufthansa,
the flag ship carrier of Germanwings. The pursuit of accountability can
provide full information to the families about what tragically occurred,
and in so doing can spur needed change in aviation safety so that other
families will not experience such loss.
Seeking such accountability will necessarily involve complex matters of
international law and conflict of laws as well as superlative litigation
skills whether there is a negotiated settlement or whether there is a trial.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. would be pleased to discuss
these issues without any obligation of cost with any family members of
the victims. In this undertaking we have secured the assistance and expertise
of Dr. Allan Gerson. Dr. Gerson initiated the lawsuit on behalf of the
families of the victims of the PanAm 103 Lockerbie downing. The story
of that epic struggle, which resulted in a settlement of $2.7 billion
from Libya, is recounted in the book "The Price of Terror: How the
Families of PanAm 103 Brought Libya to Justice" (2011). Dr. Gerson,
a former professor of international law and a US government official,
has recently applied his experience to this tragedy in a
recently published article.
: All of the partners, Ira Sherman, Joseph Cammarata and Allan Siegel,
of the law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have
been listed in
SuperLawyers® Magazine and Partners Joseph Cammarata and Allan Siegel are board-certified
civil trial lawyers. Ira Sherman and Allan Siegel are past-presidents
of DC Trial Lawyers Association (DC-TLA) and Joseph Cammarata will be
inducted as President of DC-TLA on May 9, 2015. Collectively, the partners
have 90 years of experience litigating complex personal injury and other matters.