Helicopter Accident Claims
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Helicopter Accident Claims
When correctly maintained and piloted, helicopters can be a very useful method of transport. This is especially true if you want to be somewhere in a hurry but an aeroplane is not appropriate, or if you need to get to a hard to reach place. Off-shore oil workers are reliant on helicopters to commute to their rigs, and the military also use them to great effect.
Given the nature of their construction and the way they are used, helicopter accidents often have devastating results. Survivors may be left with life-changing injuries, and fatalities leave families missing a loved one on whom they are financially and emotionally dependent. If you have been hurt by a helicopter accident, then call The Compensation Experts.
What is a Helicopter Accident Claim?
A claim for a helicopter accident can be made when a person is injured or killed while flying in the aircraft, or if they are injured on the ground. Potential causes include:
- Pilot error, due to inexperience or negligence, such as flying in adverse weather conditions
- Equipment failure, for example inadequate maintenance
- Inadequate monitoring and support of trainee pilots
- A distraction impairing visibility, such as smoke or a laser
- Incorrect information about weather conditions
- Inaccurate or insufficient information from Air Control
In some instances, there may be more than one element to blame. For example, a pilot who has equipment failure and who makes an error of judgement about how to manage it. A solicitor who specialises in aviation accidents will also understand the implications when more than one party is responsible.
Helicopter Accident Compensation Claims
An investigation into a helicopter crash can take some time, but it is necessary to prove who is to blame for the incident. Your solicitor may:
- Visit the accident site to make notes and take photos
- Obtain reports from emergency services who responded to the crash
- Have medical reports detailing the injuries and the short and long-term prognosis of recovery
- Obtain witness statements
- Research the aircraft model to see if had any known faults
- Obtain information about the weather at the time of the crash
- Obtain advice from independent aviation experts
An example of a helicopter accident claim involved oil workers on a CHC Super Puma that crashed into the sea. Four passengers died and the survivors suffered injuries. The cause of the accident was found to be human error on behalf of the pilots as they did not monitor their instruments. Therefore they did not notice a drop in speed until it was too late to recover. More than £2.5 million was paid to survivors.
Our expert advisors are happy to talk to you in a free, no-obligation consultation to give you the information you need to make a claim.
We offer a No Win No Fee* conditional agreement to make claiming simple and reduce the risk of paying legal fees with no promise of compensation.
So call now, or fill in our online form and we will call back at a time that suits you.
*conditions may apply
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In these cases you may then have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can also differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure. These include: extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.Find out more
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence. They will then notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be up to date every step of the way.Find out more