Helicopter Accident Claims
When correctly maintained and piloted, helicopters can be a very useful method of transport, especially if you want to be somewhere in a hurry but an aeroplane is not appropriate, or if you need to go to a hard to reach location. 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-altering injuries, while fatalities leave bereft families missing a loved one on whom they are financially as well as emotionally dependent. If you have been hurt or affected by a helicopter accident, call The Compensation Experts today.
What is a Helicopter Accident Claim?
A compensation claim for a helicopter accident can be made when a person is injured or killed while flying as a pilot or passenger in the aircraft, or if they are injured on the ground. Potential causes are many and can include:
- Pilot error, either due to inexperience or negligence, such as flying in adverse weather conditions
- Equipment failure, possibly resulting from an inadequate schedule of routine maintenance
- Inadequate monitoring and support of trainee or student pilots
- A distraction impairing visibility, such as smoke or a laser
- Receiving incorrect information about weather conditions
- Receiving inaccurate or insufficient information from Air Control
In some instances, it may be that more than one element is to blame. For example, a pilot who experiences equipment failure and who makes an error of judgement about how to manage this. A solicitor who specialises in aviation accidents will understand the implications when more than one party is responsible.
Helicopter Accident Compensation Claims
An investigation into the cause of a helicopter crash can take some time, but it is necessary to prove who is liable for the incident. Some actions your solicitor may do are:
- Visit the accident site to make notes and take photos
- Obtain reports from any emergency services who responded to the crash
- Obtain medical reports detailing the injuries sustained and the short and long-term prognosis of recovery
- Obtain witness statements
- Research the aircraft model to see if had any known faults
- Obtain detailed information about the weather at the time of the crash
- Obtain advice from independent aviation experts
An example of a high profile helicopter accident claim involved oil workers on a CHC Super Puma when it crashed into the sea near Shetland. Four passengers died and the survivors suffered a range of injuries. The cause of the accident was determined to be human error on behalf of the pilots as they did not monitor their instruments and therefore did not notice a drop in speed until it was too late to recover from it. More than £2.5 million in compensation 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 an informed decision about if, and how, to proceed with 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.
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Need some help?
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 you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
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 and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee*
We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information provide, which aids us determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury solicitors are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
Each client is provided with their own Personal Injury solicitor who will work on the case from start to finish, being there every step of the way. The client will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of the solicitor.
Expert helicopter accident claims solicitors working for you
We specialise in helping victims of injury claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.