Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC has extensive experience in the area of helicopter crash litigation. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you and your family navigate the legal bureaucracy and complexities of helicopter accidents.
Aviation law that applies to helicopter crashes is predominately federal regulations and statutes that cover all types of air travel, including helicopter accidents. These catastrophic events often overlap with maritime law, particularly when the helicopter crash occurs in the Gulf of Mexico offshore oilfield. Within the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates helicopter flight. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), often in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), investigates helicopter accidents and publishes their findings and conclusions regarding the facts and probable causes of each accident.
It is important that an attorney representing helicopter crash victims and their families has knowledge and experience regarding the federal statues and law as well as dealing with the FAA, NTSB and USCG bureaucracies. It is also very important that your attorney be knowledgeable about how helicopters operate, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, where pilots face certain risks not typically encountered during land based flights. Finally, it is important that your attorney have a network of helicopter industry specialists and experts to call upon when handling these complicated cases.
LKSA has years of experience with helicopter crashes with causes including defective engines, cockpit design defects, maintenance and repair deficiencies and pilot error. We know how helicopter operating companies are supposed to operate and have the knowledge and experience to expose their negligence when their failure to follow the rules results in serious injury and death.
Examples of the types of helicopter cases we have successfully handled include crashes caused by the following:
- Negligent inspection procedures
- Negligent repair procedures
- Pilot error in landing on and taking off from offshore oilfield installations
- Failure to properly execute emergency landing procedures in water
- Defective throttle system design making the helicopter vulnerable to sudden loss of power
- Negligent use of substandard replacement parts and helicopter components
By their very nature helicopter crashes usually involve catastrophic injuries and death to the pilot and passengers. Often times this includes brain injury and paralysis. In addition to our knowledge and experience in determining the cause(s) of a crash, Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC excels at maximizing the damage awards in these cases. Whether the victim requires long term hospitalization, institutionalization or a life care plan that fully includes all future medical and custodial care expenses, we know which professionals to rely on, what questions to ask and how to ensure that the crash victim is fully and fairly compensated for all damages.
If you, a loved one or a friend is the victim of a helicopter crash, contact Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC for a free consultation about your legal rights and remedies. We have the knowledge, experience and a proven record of success in handling helicopter accidents.