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NASCAR and Florida Family Reach Wrongful Death Settlement

NASCAR and insurer United States Aviation Underwriters have reached a settlement agreement with the family of Janise Woodward, the Sanford. Florida woman who, along with her 6-month old son Josiah, died when a plane operated by the racing agency crashed onto the Woodward residence last July. The wrongful death claims were filed separately on behalf of Janice’s husband, Joseph Woodard, and their daughter, Jurnee, 4. The deadly plane accident occurred on July 10, when the plane when down in an Orlando neighborhood. Two NASCAR employees were flying the plane. The plane’s pilot noticed smoke coming from the cockpit soon after leaving Daytona Beach. Controllers were guiding the plane so it could land at Orlando-Sanford International Airport when the collision occurred. The plane also crashed onto another Sanford residence, this one owned by Peter and Milagros Dechat. Peter sustained serious burn injuries in the accident. The Dechat’s daughter Gabriel, 4, also died in the aviation accident. Their son Daniel Happy, 10, is still being treated for his burn injuries at Cincinnati’s Shriners Burns Hospital. The couple says that they plan to file injury and wrongful death claims also. Personal injury and wrongful death claims and lawsuits related to plane accidents can be challenging cases to handle without the help of an experienced Florida plane accident lawyer. Plane accidents often leave no survivors and can also seriously injury or kill innocent bystanders and residents on the ground who are just going about their daily life—whether they are walking up the street, riding a car, or sitting in their kitchen having breakfast. A good plane accident attorney can determine whether the pilot, the air traffic control team, the plane company, or anyone else can be held liable. Your personal injury attorney should have a solid understanding of aviation law and the different rules that govern private planes, commercial airliners, and military jets. Family reaches settlement after fatal Sanford plane crash, OrlandoSentinel.com, January 16, 2008 Family Who Lost Mother, Son In Sanford Accident Settle With NASCAR, Aero-News Network, January 16, 2008 Related Web Resources: Federal Aviation Administration United States Aviation Underwriters NASCAR In South Florida, the personal injury law firm of The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. handles wrongful death cases for people who have lost family members in tragic accidents. Please contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. today to request your free consultation with one of our Florida wrongful death lawyers.

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