Helicopters are used in many different industries and by many government agencies. Their maneuverability often makes them the ideal option for transporting maritime personnel to offshore oil rigs and vessels, performing search and rescue operations, fighting widespread wildfires, capturing news events, and transporting those in need of emergency medical care. However, they are also incredibly complex machines that require a high level of skill in design, manufacturing and operation.
Even the most careful and seasoned helicopter pilots can have an aviation accident. These accidents are often the result of negligence and can result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death to the passengers and pilot.
If you were injured or a loved one killed by a helicopter crash, it’s important to get experienced legal assistance. A New Orleans helicopter accident attorney at The Lambert Firm can help you navigate the legal complexities regarding personal injury and wrongful death claims resulting from these accidents.
Causes, Injuries & Liability
Helicopter injuries can happen for many reasons. Common causes of chopper accidents include:
- Bad weather
- Pilot error
- Poor maintenance
- Defective parts
The most common chopper crash injury claim is, unfortunately, a wrongful death claim. For wrongful death victims, families should consult an experienced helicopter accident attorney for assistance with legal options. While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one, the responsible party should be held liable for the damages they’ve caused.
If you have survived a helicopter crash, it’s likely that you are suffering from serious and life-altering injuries. Spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), severe burns, broken bones and fractures, paralysis, and emotional stress and trauma are typical injuries suffered in helicopter accidents.
Depending on the cause of the crash, a number of parties may be found negligent, including:
- Maintenance personnel
- Fixed base operator (FBO)
- Air traffic control
Because helicopter accidents often occur over water, they can be complicated when it comes to investigating. Evidence can be difficult to recover, but not impossible. The Lambert Firm’s accident attorneys in Louisiana are experienced in dealing with accident investigators to gather and analyze as much evidence as possible to support your claim.
Contact a Gulf Coast Helicopter Accident Attorney
The Lambert Firm has represented a multitude of individuals in helicopter-related personal injury and wrongful death claims, on land and offshore, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. Our offshore helicopter accident attorneys have represented pilots, passengers, and the survivors of passenger‑victims in actions against many aviation companies, including:
- Petroleum Helicopters, Inc.
- Air Logistics
- Bell Helicopter
Aviation accident victims are often left with debilitating injuries that limit their ability to work and enjoy the same quality of life they experienced before the accident. Medical bills can be overwhelming and combined with lost wages can quickly result in dire financial situations. The parties who are responsible for your accident should be held accountable for the physical, emotional and financial damages you are suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of commercial or private helicopter crash, we can help you through the complex claims process and protect your legal rights. Contact a New Orleans personal injury lawyer at The Lambert Firm today.