Helicopter Accident Attorney
While helicopters are a common means of getting to oil rigs, crashes are common.
In fact, data compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) showed that there were more than 140 civil helicopter accidents in 2008, with nearly 30 of them proving to be fatal. This led to an accident rate of 3.67 per 100,000 flying hours and 1.22 per 100,000 departures. Unfortunately, these accidents almost always lead to severe injuries, such as spine injuries.
Injured in a Helicopter Crash? Seek Help Today!
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a helicopter crash—or if you lost someone you love— you need experienced legal counsel, and you need it now. At Arnold & Itkin, we know how much is on the line in the wake of serious aviation accidents such as this. Our team is composed of trial lawyers serious about helping injury victims. We have recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on our clients' behalf. If you have been victimized in a helicopter accident, we encourage you to reach out and contact our firm as soon as possible. Not only can we help determine which laws apply to your case, but we can also help walk you through the process, step-by-step.
With our firm on the side, you don't need to feel alone.
Throughout the years, we have gained a reputation for being compassionate attorneys who truly care about our clients. We have been known to travel to our client's homes, hospital rooms, and to promptly answer calls or texts whenever they are sent. We understand that we are more than just your attorney: we are your advocate.
$1.67 Million Recovered for Victim of Helicopter Accident
We have successfully represented helicopter accident victims in the past. For example, in 2013, we recovered $1.67 million for a man injured in a helicopter accident on the way to a platform in the Gulf of Mexico. In this case, the helicopter's tail rotor stopped functioning, causing the pilot to perform a controlled emergency landing on water. However, the flotation devices had been improperly installed—this led to the helicopter rolling over in the water. The helicopter company argued the two other passengers had not been injured due to the soft landing and non-violent rollover. They also alleged our client had pre-existing conditions. Despite these claims, we recovered $1.67 million.
Common Causes of Helicopter Accidents
Due to the volatile nature of helicopter crashes, there are obviously many different situations that can lead to a crash or an accident. These, however, can typically be grouped into the three main categories.
- Operational Error: This refers to helicopter accidents caused by some form of human error—usually by the pilot. For example, it could mean that the pilot did not operate within the aircraft's operational limitations or it could mean that they operated in unsafe environmental conditions. One example is improper maintenance.
- Mechanical Malfunction: This refers to accidents that are caused by the failure of some component of the aircraft. This could mean that the component was improperly designed, was never tested, or was manufactured incorrectly (ex: with poor quality materials). Another example is improper use.
- Electrical Malfunction: The third cause of helicopter accidents refers to accidents caused by some malfunction in the electrical components of the aircraft. This can stem from an electrical source that malfunctions, an electrical short, inadequate design, testing, or improper quality control.
Contact an Aviation Accident Attorney — (888) 493-1629
Regardless of whether you were injured during a helicopter tour or if you were being transported to work on a drill site or on an oil platform, it is important to contact a knowledgeable attorney who can help to protect your legal rights. At Arnold & Itkin, we are trial lawyers who are committed to our clients' success. We know high winds and inclement weather can cause a crash, just as much as we know that crashes can be caused by improperly trained pilots. Regardless of the cause, you can trust our personal injury law firm to protect your legal rights.
To schedule a free consultation, fill out our online form or call (888) 493-1629.