The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus was founded in 1970 and quickly became one of the world’s leading makers of civilian and private use aircrafts. Today, they are best known for luxury planes like the Airbus 350 and light-weight civilian use helicopters such as the Airbus 130. But a company’s size and profit margins are not always indicative of their commitment to passenger safety. Airbus helicopters have been investigated for many safety issues, including defective engine parts and exposed fuel tanks as a result of cracked and peeling paint. When these issues lead to crashes and other accidents, victims are left with life-altering injuries that require monetary compensation.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in an Airbus 130 helicopter crash, you may be able to sue Airbus for your losses. Contact our office and speak to one of our Los Angeles helicopter crash attorneys.
Airbus 130 Crash History
We take it for granted that helicopters are safe and don’t become aware of safety issues until there’s an accident. Sadly, companies like Airbus do everything they can to hide complaints and deflect responsibility when there are problems with their aircrafts. One story we’re keeping a close eye on is the recent lawsuit between Airbus and Qatar Airways. According to Qatar Airways, some of the recent planes delivered by Airbus have serious flaws that compromise the safety of their fuel tanks. This could result in the fuel tanks exploding and causing the plane to crash.
Instead of investigating the issue, Airbus has brushed off the claims and ended their contract with Qatar. Airbus has come under heavy criticism for this decision, considering their record of helicopter crashes throughout the years. Take, for example, the Airbus 130 crash in Nevada that caused the deaths of 5 passengers. Airbus was also ordered to pay a settlement of $100 million in 2015 to David Repsher, who sustained burns over most of his body when the Airbus 125 he was riding in crashed shortly after takeoff.
Every victim of a helicopter crash involving negligence by Airbus has the right to take legal action. Our lawyers look forward to assisting you in a helicopter crash compensation claim against Airbus.
Airbus 130 Helicopter Crash Injuries
Helicopter crashes result in some of the most serious injuries we see at our practice. These injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Third degree burns
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Loss of function in the limbs
- Puncturing or rupturing of internal organs
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severed body parts
Is Airbus Liable for My Injuries?
Yes, Airbus is liable if their actions or lack of action was the direct cause of your injury. This is generally referred to as a company’s negligence, meaning Airbus fell short in their duty of care towards its passengers. For example, Airbus is responsible for running tests and maintaining their helicopters so that they are as safe as possible for each and every flight. If they are aware of certain defects and sell the helicopter anyway, that is a form of negligence and the injured parties can sue Airbus for compensation.
Of course, not every helicopter crash is a result of negligence by the manufacturer. Bad weather and pilot error may be to blame. But Airbus has long been accused of neglecting serious complaints that can compromise the safety of their aircrafts. They should not be able to get away with this, and our lawyers are ready to fight for your losses.
If you are a helicopter crash victim or lost a loved one in a helicopter crash, call the DTLA Law Group to learn about your rights and legal options.
Compensation Available to Airbus 130 Helicopter Crash Victims
There’s no set amount that a victim can receive from a helicopter crash lawsuit against Airbus. However, victims are entitled to various forms of compensation, such as:
- Medical expenses for treatments and procedures, including surgery, hospitalization, and physical therapy, now and in the future.
- Lost wages for job loss or career change as a result of disability.
- Pain and suffering to treat mental health issues like PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Depending on the degree of negligence by Airbus, you may also be able to ask for punitive damages. This is much harder to fight for since you will need to prove gross negligence, or actions by the defendant that caused you extreme levels of harm. Arguing for punitive damages requires expert knowledge from a lawyer with experience in suing Airbus for helicopter crash accidents.
Call us to find out more about the types of compensation you could receive as an Airbus helicopter crash victim.
Can I Sue Airbus if My Loved One Died in a Crash?
Yes, you can sue Airbus if your family member or loved one died as a passenger of an Airbus 130 helicopter crash. Our attorneys can help you file a wrongful death claim against Airbus so that you can recover from your losses.
There’s no amount of money that make up for losing your loved one. However, a person’s death has the ripple effect of harming many individuals who depend on them on financial and emotional support. These individuals can be the victim’s children, spouse, parents, or siblings. Our lawyers will fight to recover the following amounts:
- Medical bills associated with the deceased person’s injuries
- Funeral expenses
- Emotional trauma from losing your loved one
- Lost inheritance and savings as a result of your loved one’s death
A spouse or registered domestic partner of a deceased individual can also sue for loss of consortium, which has to do with the emotional loss from losing your significant other. In essence, the love, comfort, and companionship you received from your partner cannot be replaced, and as a result, you are able to seek compensation for those losses. Loss of consortium can also include loss of sexual relations and loss of future children, depending on your age, health, and other circumstances.
Loss of consortium is much harder to recover than economic losses, and should not be undertaken without help from a skilled wrongful death claims attorney. Contact us today to see what other types of compensation you may qualify for.
Special circumstances also apply to brothers and sisters of individuals who died in a helicopter crash. A sibling can only sue Airbus for wrongful death if the victim has no surviving children and both their parents have passed away. You can, however, sue as the executor of the victim’s estate, but keep in mind that the compensation award belongs to the estate. As the executor, you are responsible for distributing the award according to the will’s instructions, or state law in the absence of a will.
As you can see, wrongful death claims are a complicated process and there is plenty of room for mistakes. Our attorneys will ensure that your wrongful death lawsuit against Airbus is filed properly.
Can I Sue Airbus if I’m a Divorced Parent?
Yes, you can sue Airbus if you’re a divorced parent who lost your child in an Airbus 130 accident. Married parents and parents who were never married can sue Airbus as well to cover things like funeral costs, medical bills, and therapy sessions. However, you can only file one wrongful death claim in the state of California, so both of you cannot file your own claim. Instead, one of your will file the lawsuit and list the other parent as co-plaintiff.
And yes, you must give the other parent a chance to join the lawsuit, even if you’re not on speaking terms. If you don’t notify them and they find out about the lawsuit later, they can actually sue you for the damages they missed out on. This can compromise your settlement and add unnecessary stress to your life.
Our wrongful death claims compensation attorneys will take on the work of contacting your ex and advising them of their legal rights. If they want to join the lawsuit, we will address their questions and concerns so that you can have peace of mind no matter what they decide. Call the Los Angeles attorneys of DTLA and let us take care of your wrongful death compensation claim from start to finish.
How Long do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations to sue for a helicopter crash accident is 2 years in the state of California. This gives you some time to seek medical treatment and figure out how to move forward with your life. However, the costs of recovery pile up quickly when you’re unable to work or cut back on your hours. You may also need to pay for surgery, physical therapy, and other medical procedures. Staying on top of these bills requires compensation from Airbus, so you must file your lawsuit as soon as possible.
In most cases, you are unable to sue for compensation if you miss the 2-year deadline. But the court may grant extensions for victims who were underage at the time of the accident. You can also ask for more time if you physically or mentally incapacitated as a result of the accident. If you were out of the state or country of the accident, more time may be given depending on your circumstances. Our attorneys will be happy to explain this in more detail and verify if you qualify for an extension.
Acting quickly will also give your case more credibility since the details are still fresh in your mind. You also have easy access to information that can serve as evidence. As memories become fuzzy and evidence gets lost, you risk the chance of losing out on compensation that is rightfully yours. Contact our lawyers today and get started on your claim for damages.
Why You Should Choose DTLA Law Group
Going up against a major corporation like Airbus can be scary, especially if you’ve never filed a lawsuit before. Sadly, many plaintiffs lose out on the compensation they need because of overwhelming legal procedure and pressure from the company. You may also be worried about your finances and feel that legal representation is not something you can afford.
The DTLA Law Group believes that victims should not have to pay a penny of their own money to seek the damages they deserve. That’s why we operate on a contingency fee basis and only get paid when we win you case. If we lose, you still pay us nothing as a part of our Zero fee guarantee, and we eat the costs. There’s absolutely no risk to you by coming in for a free consultation and learning about your legal options from one of our attorneys. We will answer all your questions and give you some estimates of what your claim may be worth. This way, you can make an informed decision on whether or not to sue Airbus for your helicopter crash injuries.
Come in today and speak with a Los Angeles helicopter accident attorney.