Did you or a loved one suffer a helicopter accident involving a Bell 206 helicopter? Did you suffer injuries? Did your loved one suffer fatal injuries? If so, you might have grounds to sue. Depending on the situation, you might have grounds to file a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim.
If you are interested in learning more about your right to file a lawsuit after you were injured or a loved one was killed in a Bell 206 helicopter accident, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience handling all sorts of lawsuits – we are ready to evaluate your claim and help you recover the compensation that you are owed.
If you would like to discuss your claim with our lawyers, contact us immediately.
About the Bell 206 Helicopter
The Bell 206 is a family of helicopters (the JetRanger, LongRanger, TwinRanger, and Gemini ST). The family of helicopters consists of two-bladed single-engine and twin-engine helicopters. The helicopters are manufactured by Bell Helicopter. The Bell 206 helicopter is associated with a fatal accident rate of 0.55 per 100,000 flight hours. It has been associated with 30 fatal incidents in over 5.5 million flight hours.
Common Causes of Helicopter Accidents
Helicopter crashes are among the most devastating types of accidents. These accidents can happen for a number of reasons, some of which could include the following:
- Pilot error (negligence of pilots, flying under the influence of alcohol, drugs, prescription drugs, flying in bad weather, etc.)
- Untrained or unskilled pilots (negligence of pilot companies, pilot training companies, etc.)
- Mechanical or electric failures (negligence of the helicopter owner)
- Defects present in the helicopter
More about Helicopter Defects
A recent helicopter crash involving another type of aircraft that has a long history of defects has highlighted the importance of helicopters being completely free of defects. Some possible defects that could exist in helicopters include the following:
- Issues with the rotors and rotor mast (tail rotor and main rotor)
- Issues with the engine and transmission
- Issues with the fuel tank
- Issues with the tail boom
- Issues with the electric system
Any of these issues can quickly lead to an incident that can cause the helicopter to crash. In fact, any defect related to the helicopter’s design or manufacturing can pose a critical risk to pilots, passengers, and even to innocent bystanders.
Possible Results of Helicopter Crashes – Injuries and Death
Helicopter accidents can definitely be minor and result in no major injuries. However, in some incidents, the helicopter essentially freefalls down from the sky and crashes down. Some of the injuries that victims can suffer include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries and other head injuries (like fractured skull, etc.)
- Neck injuries, back injuries, and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones (these are typically complex fractures all over the body)
- Crushing injuries
- Ruptured/punctured organs (internal injuries, in general)
- Severed limbs
- Extensive nerve damage
- Burn injuries (ranging in degree and severity)
- Scarring and disfigurement
If you were injured or a loved one suffered fatal harm in an accident involving a defective Bell 206 helicopter, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, you should seek legal help immediately.
Understanding Bell Helicopter Liability for Accidents Caused by Helicopter Defects
Is Bell Helicopter liable for an incident caused by a defect present in one of their helicopters? If the accident can be connected with a defect in design, manufacturing, or labeling, then the company could be liable. This is based on the concept of product liability. Based on the concept of premise liability, all companies owe their consumers a duty of care – they have a duty to ensure that their products are completely safe to be released to consumers. They have the duty to thoroughly test and inspect their products in order to identify and address any defects present in their products. This means that Bell Helicopter has to make sure that their Bell 206 helicopters are completely free of defects before making available to consumers. If they fail to do so and an incident occurs directly because of a defect present, then they can definitely be liable for any resulting harm – and victims and surviving family members could sue them.
Is it possible for any other parties to be liable for the incident? Yes – other parties could be liable for helicopter incidents depending on the specific details surrounding the incident. These parties could include the following: third parties that own the helicopters (including individuals and companies), third parties that maintain/repair the helicopters, private pilots, pilot companies (including training companies), etc. As already mentioned, this liability will depend on the details surrounding the incident.
For more information about liability after a helicopter accident involving a Bell 206 helicopter and your right to sue, do not hesitate to contact us immediately.
Can I File an Injury Lawsuit?
Yes – if you are a survivor of a helicopter accident, you could definitely file a lawsuit. With the help of an experienced helicopter accident attorney here at our law firm, you can begin or continue your claim against Bell Helicopter or any other party or entity liable for the harm that you suffered.
Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim?
If a member of your family died in a helicopter crash, you might have grounds to sue. However, only certain people can file wrongful death claims. In fact, claimants must have a specific relation with the deceased victim. Can a divorced parent file a claim? Can a brother file a claim? Can a sister file a claim? Can stepchildren file a claim? These are all reasonable questions that are important to address.
In California, the following parties can file wrongful death claims:
- The decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, or (when there is no surviving family) the persons entitled to the decedent’s property based on intestate succession
- The decedent’s putative spouse, the putative spouse’s children, the decedent’s stepchildren, or parents (only if they were financially dependent on the decedent)
- Any minor that was residing with the decedent (and financially dependent on the decedent) for the last 180 days
If you are uncertain about your right to file a wrongful death claim based on your relation to the decedent, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately. We can help you understand your right to sue.
Recovering Monetary Compensation
If your helicopter accident lawsuit is successful, you could be eligible to recover significant monetary compensation. Some of the categories that could be available for recovery include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
- Legal expenses
In the case of wrongful death, claimants could also be eligible to recover wrongful death benefits. These benefits include costs for medical care incurred before death, loss of financial support, loss of consortium, and funeral/burial expenses, for example.
If you are interested in learning more about the specific type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to recover if your Bell 206 Helicopter accident claim is successful, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest settlement available for your helicopter crash lawsuit.
The Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations determines the time that claimants have to file their lawsuit. In California, claimants are subject to the following deadlines to file:
- Two years to file a personal injury lawsuit
- Two years to file a wrongful death claim
Of course, there are exceptions to the statute of limitations that could apply, which could affect the time that you have to sue. To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the specific length of time that you have to file your claim after a helicopter accident, do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately. We can help you file your lawsuit on time.
Need Help Covering Funeral Costs?
Without a doubt, we understand the huge financial stress that follows the sudden death of a loved one. If you need financial help with funeral costs, we can help. We can help you with covering all funeral expenses after a helicopter crash or any other type of aviation accident (like a plane crash). For more information about how we can help you cover these costs, contact us today.
Downtown L.A. Law Group – Our Experts are Ready to Fight for Your Rights
Here at our law firm, our experts have many years of experience handling all sorts of injury claims and wrongful death claims arising from different types of incidents, including plane crashes and helicopter crashes. If you are in need of legal help after you or a loved one were involved and harmed in a Bell 206 helicopter accident, you can trust our lawyers to provide you with the guidance that you need to take legal action and fight for your right to compensation.
We are proud to offer our clients free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. Whether you are looking to begin your claim or continue it after starting it elsewhere, we can help you. Our helicopter accident lawsuit lawyers will answer your questions and provide you with all the information that you need to pursue your claim and reach a positive claim outcome.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that you will never have to pay upfront legal costs for any of our legal fees. In addition, because we work on contingency, you will not have to pay anything until you win. If you do not win, you will not pay legal fees.
If you are ready to discuss your helicopter accident claim with our experts, contact us today.