Navy Jet Crash in Virginia Beach – Should You File a Claim?

The U.S. Navy jet crash that occurred in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) left multiple families searching for a new place to live since the crash demolished an apartment complex. The crash also injured multiple Va. Beach residents, according to the LA Times. The Navy is offering initial payments of $2,300 per individual to help pay for housing, meals and clothing, according to the Associated Press.

But the bigger question that many of the victims are probably contemplating is whether they should consider filing a claim against the Navy to seek damages for the pain and trauma associated with this accident. As injury lawyers based in Virginia Beach, we understand the gravity of pursuing civil litigation against a major organization. The U.S. Navy would definitely fall under that category.

Nevertheless, that does not mean that a victim should refrain from pursuing legal action, if they feel they have a legitimate claim. Just imagine coming home from work or school and finding your home completely destroyed.

"I've been on my own for 38 or 39 years, and it's very difficult to not have your own belongings and your own home and watch your TV. This friend that I'm staying with, she said I'm not imposing. But you know, you feel like you are," said Joanie Coleman, one of the evacuated apartment complex residents, according to the AP article.

If that wasn’t bad enough, there are some people who not only had to deal with the trauma of suddenly being displaced, but also the worry associated with ensuring their injured loved one received proper medical treatment.


Capt. Bob Geis  the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana, told reporters that the  initial money being distributed was meant to be a short-term fix, but some residents could receive more funds. The disbursement of larger funds will reportedly be decided on a case-by-case basis, according to the AP article.

Keep in mind that displaced residents who want to pursue legal action for property damage and/or injuries have up to two years to make a claim. If you or a loved one is considering taking legal action, you should consider speaking to an injury lawyer in Virginia Beach to discuss your options. Any litigation process can be complicated, so consulting with a lawyer may help your chances of recovering a larger sum for your pain and trauma.

To learn more about the potential liability associated with the Virginia Beach jet crash, take a look at this article which was written by an experience personal injury attorney in Virginia Beach.


Richard N. Shapiro
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