KAL 007: In 1983, a Soviet MIG shot down Korean Air flight KAL 007 after it had wandered off course deep into Soviet territory during its flight from New York to Seoul, Korea. History records this incident as second closest the USA and the Soviet Union came to starting World War III, behind only the Cuban Missile crisis. After interviewing numerous U.S. law firms, the families of 89 of the 102 Koreans who died in this disaster chose Herrmann Law Group to represent them. Charles Herrmann’s role in winning the case was portrayed in the HBO movie Tailspin and featured in the book Death of Flight 007.
Arrow Air: In 1985, a charter flight of Arrow Air carrying 256 members of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division crashed. Shortly after takeoff at the airport in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada the plane crashed and burst into flames, killing everyone aboard. The parents of our only hometown trooper chose us to represent them.
KE 801: In 1997, Korean Airlines crashed its flight KE 801 into Nimitz Hill while trying to land at Agana, Guam in bad weather. Approximately half of the passengers survived the initial impact only to burn to death in the ensuing fire. There were a handful of survivors.
The victims came together to select a committee and chairman. They screened all the U.S. aviation firms until they selected 10 firms to make presentations. After the presentations, 56 families chose our firm. The second biggest group any law firm had was 14. We recovered in excess of $92,000,000.00.
CI 611: In 2002, China Airlines flight CI 611 disintegrated over the Straight of Taiwan during a flight from Taipei, Taiwan to Hong Kong, China. Our investigation revealed that the plane came apart as a result of faulty repairs at the direction of Boeing, the company that had built the plane. All people on board were killed. Like the Koreans, the Taiwanese came together to form a group to interview all the U.S. lawyers interested in representing them. All but a handful of the victims chose our law firm to represent them; recovering in excess of $26 million U.S. dollars.
CA 129: Also in 2002, China Air flight CA 129 from Beijing crashed into a mountain while attempting to land at Busan, Korea. 86 of the 97 victims chose us to represent them. The case was concluded before the Supreme Court of Korea and we obtained a judgment several times the amount that Korean courts have traditionally awarded for wrongful deaths and personal injuries totaling more than $23 Million.
NTPS: In 2003, a Korean Air Force Major was selected to attend a highly specialized course at the National Test Pilot School near Rosamond, California. In his first training flight with an instructor, the plane crashed killing both men. We are particularly proud of the fact that the incident landed on the Korean Air Force Attaché’s desk at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. where he proceeded to conduct a meticulous survey of U.S. aviation firms. He made the final decision to refer that deceased Major’s widow to our firm. We collected $4,000,000.00 for his family.
TA 390: In 2008, TACA Airlines flight TA 390 ran off the runway while attempting to land at the airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We filed the first lawsuit in the USA on behalf of several of our Honduran clients. Five survivor cases filed in the USA have been settled for as much as $1,750,000.00. Denied justice in the courts of El Salvador, we are now representing 28 victims before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Central America.
MI JOO BUS CRASH: In December of 2012, the grossly overworked driver of a Mi Joo Tour Bus lost control on snow and ice upon the roadway to plummet off a cliff with 45 passengers onboard resulting in 9 deaths and dozens of catastrophically injured victims. Herrmann led all plaintiff attorneys in reaching agreement with the defense to pay their maximum policy limits (C$10 million) and then to submit the question of each victim’s damages to a single arbitrator. The total award for our clients was a pro rata share of the C$10 million based upon total combined evaluations of $14,364,389.00.
OZ 214: Asiana air crash at San Francisco Airport in July 6, 2013. A combination of an inadequately trained crew, defects in the design of the plane’s auto throttle, and malfunctioning evacuating slides resulted in the aircraft striking the seaside bulkhead while landing at San Francisco. The Herrmann Law Group represented most of the cabin crew as well as many of the passengers onboard the flight securing well deserved, as we demanded, but confidential, compensation for these victims.
It is important to understand that results in prior cases do not reflect compensation in future cases. Each accident is different; just as each victim’s injuries are unique. Nonetheless, we believe proven results reflect the competency and experience of our legal team. Here is an itemized list of our settlements/awards in previous mass transit disaster cases:
|1||KAL 007||42-year-old married businessman||$10,000,000.00|
|2-3||KAL 007||63-year-old retired man & wife||$1,575,000.00|
|4||KAL 007||44-year-old cruise ship purser||$2,275,000.00|
|5-8||KAL 007||34-year-old housewife & 2 children||$2,225,000.00|
|8||KAL 007||19-year-old student||$575,000.00|
|9||KAL 007||20-year-old student||$575,000.00|
|10||KAL 007||32-year-old travel agent||$575,000.00|
|11||KAL 007||44-year-old businessman||$3,275,000.00|
|12-89||KAL 007||(78) – Koreans combined||$7,800,000.00|
|90||Arrow Air||19-year-old single soldier||$650,000.00|
|91||KE 801||52-year-old executive||$2,000,000.00|
|92||KE 801||47-year-old married businessman||$2,586,244.79|
|93||KE 801||60-year-old retired single tax officer||$825,000.00|
|94||KE 801||36-year-old housewife||$1,500,000.00|
|95||KE 801||34-year-old single clinic manager||$750,000.00|
|96||KE 801||38-year-old married school teacher||$2,185,000.00|
|97||KE 801||40-year-old single businessman||$1,500,000.00|
|98||KE 801||23-year-old female college student||$825,000.00|
|99||KE 801||38-year-old single computer tech.||$825,000.00|
|100||KE 801||13-year-old survivor||$3,500,000.00|
|101||KE 801||32-year-old married businessman||$2,500,000.00|
|102||KE 801||45-year-old married businessman||$2,000,000.00|
|103||KE 801||42-year-old married businesswoman||$2,600,000.00|
|104||KE 801||25-year-old single businesswoman||$2,500,000.00|
|105||KE 801||46-year-old lawyer & 9-year-old son||$3,000,000.00|
|106||KE 801||36-year-old married businessman||$6,250,000.00|
|107||KE 801||27-year-old single travel agent||$750,000.00|
|108||KE 801||24-year-old housewife survivor||$5,500,000.00|
|109||KE 801||29-year-old single executive survivor||$850,000.00|
|110||KE 801||18-year-old high school student||$850,000.00|
|111||KE 801||32-year-old single physician||$1,700,000.00|
|112||KE 801||11-year-old student||$850,000.00|
|113||KE 801||38-year-old married executive||$1,500,000.00|
|114||KE 801||27-year-old survivor||$2,550,000.00|
|115||KE 801||24-year-old survivor||$3,500,000.00|
|116||KE 801||26-year-old single technician||$750,000.00|
|117||KE 801||72-year-old widow||$750,000.00|
|118||KE 801||41-year-old married businessman||$3,200,000.00|
|119||KE 801||23-year-old single female model||$750,000.00|
|120||KE 801||42-year-old married businessman||$2,375,000.00|
|121||KE 801||24-year-old female computer tech||$4,650,000.00|
|122-147||KE 801||(26) Partial cases combined||$30,000,000.00|
|148||CI 611||48-year-old restaurateur||$3,500,000.00|
|149||CI 611||57-year-old businessman||$3,265,000.00|
|150-208||CI 611||(59) – Taiwanese combined||$26,375,000.00|
|209-301||CA 129||(86) Koreans Combined||$22,360,000.00|
|302||NTPS||38-year-old Air Force Major||$4,000,000.00|
|303||TA 390||52-year-old injured business woman||$1,750,00.00|
|304||TA 390||31-year-old injured secretary||$300,000.00|
|305||TA 390||64-year-old injured attorney||$90,000.00|
|306||TA 390||46-year-old injured construction owner||$90,000.00|
|307||TA 390||55-year-old injured government employee||$90,000.00|
|308-320||Mi Joo||13 Victims Combined Evaluation||$14,364,389.00|
|321-332||Mi Joo||11 Victims UIM Settlements||$455,000.00|
|333-345||OZ 214||13 injured Cabin Crew & Passengers||Confidential|
|346-349||Duck Boat||1 Decedent & 3 injured||Pending|