What You Need to Know about Helicopter Accidents
Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Mar 03, 2015 in Aviation Accident News
Losing a loved one in an airline or helicopter crash is confusing and devastating. The unexpected consequences of such an accident can present financial difficulties for years to come. In addition, insurance companies will do their utmost to get you to sign off on documents you don't understand and are not equipped to deal with while you grieve. There are important things you need to understand when you are facing the loss of a loved one in a helicopter accident.
A Range of Accidents
Helicopter accidents almost always involve fatalities. They can involve such diverse situations as helicopter tours gone wrong, collisions, maintenance issues, pilot negligence, faulty equipment and many other factors. The individual and complicated nature of helicopter accidents can be confusing to even the savviest individual.
Aviation Law is Specialized
The statutes and laws surrounding aviation accidents are not the same as those with work-related, land-based or other types of personal injury. The industry has a great deal of regulations that involve treaties with other countries and even international law. In the United States, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are often directly involved with cases of this nature.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for aerial accidents is very short, so the window to seek compensation is very narrow. In Nevada the statute of limitations for these sorts of occurrences is two years. If an insurance company succeeds in having you sign the right paperwork, you could lose your right to sue entirely. Time is definitely not on your side when you suffer a loss or injury due to helicopter accident.
The helicopter company may not be the only liable party when it comes to filing your suit. These kinds of accidents are often complicated and involve a lot of factors. The company that owns the helicopter is only the top of the chain. Others that may share responsibility can include the maintenance personnel, air traffic controllers, flight crew, aircraft manufacturer and many others, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
Who Is Entitled to Compensation
Each case is individual with its own circumstances, but depending on what happened, how and when, any surviving passengers, the pilot, surviving family members and even spectators who were on the ground when the crash happened might be entitled to damages from the accident.
What to Do
If you or a loved one is involved in a helicopter crash, and the crash resulted in injury or death, you need to call a qualified attorney immediately. The attorney you choose should be well versed in aviation law. Not every lawyer has the experience and expertise to navigate the complexities of these kinds of cases. Only an expert aviation accident attorney will be able to fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
Our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys are available to lend their expertise in the area of helicopter accidents. We will keep an open line of communication at all times and fight for your rights to the very end. Give us a call today for a free consultation.