Bell 407 Helicopter Accident Attorneys
Were you injured in a helicopter crash? Did the crash involve a Bell 407 helicopter? Was the crash caused by a defect present in the helicopter? If so, you might have grounds to file a lawsuit. If you are interested in exploring the legal options available to you, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
If you would like to learn more about your right to file an injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit against Bell Helicopter after an accident involving the Bell 407 helicopter, our lawyers here at Downtown L.A. Law Group can help you. We are a law firm with decades of experience successfully handling all sorts of injury lawsuits. We are ready to handle your helicopter accident claim and help you recover the compensation that you are owed.
About the Bell 407
The Bell 407 is one of the helicopters manufactured by Bell Helicopter. It is a four-blade, single-engine helicopter. It has been in production since 1995. The Bell 407 has been associated with a rate of 0.62 fatal accidents per every 100,000 flight hours. The helicopter has been involved in about 13 fatal accidents in roughly 2,113,700 flight hours.
Bell 407 Helicopter Incidents
Helicopter incidents, unfortunately continue to occur. One of the latest helicopter accidents actually involved a Bell 407 helicopter. The incident occurred on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Livermore, California at a PG&E training facility. The Bell 407 was being used for training when the crash occurred. According to authorities, the two people on board sustained injuries and were transported to hospitals. The cause of the accident remains unclear. The accident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration as well as the National Transportation Safety Board.
Helicopter Accidents and Possible Injuries
Helicopter accidents are among the most critical types of accidents, most of which are associated with serious injuries which can be fatal. Possible injuries include the following:
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Severe burns
- Broken bones all throughout the body
- Ruptured and punctured organs
- Severed limbs
- Significant nerve damage
- Scarring and disfigurement
In minor accidents, survivors have suffered just a few scrapes and bruises. However, in most cases, these incidents have resulted in critical injuries. In these cases, survivors suffer disabling injuries that cause lifelong issues.
Regardless of the specific type of injuries that you suffered, you could sue. Similarly, you could sue if a loved one suffered fatal injuries in a helicopter crash. For more information about your right to file a helicopter accident claim, contact us immediately. Our lawyers are ready to help you understand your legal options.
Helicopter Accidents Caused by Defects
Without a doubt, helicopter accidents can potentially be devastating. Although many accidents occur because of the negligence of pilots, pilot companies, private helicopter companies, etc., accidents can also occur because of the negligence of the helicopter manufacturers- like Bell Helicopters. Defects in manufacturing and design (most often) can lead to incidents, although incidents caused by labeling defects are also possible. These defects can include issues with the tail rotor, the main rotor blade, the rotor mast, the engine, the transmission, the fuel tank, and the tail boom, for example. Even an electrical issue can quickly cause an accident.
Liability for Helicopter Accidents Caused by Defective Helicopters
Who is liable for the harm resulting from defective helicopters? Based on the concept of product liability, the companies that manufacturer the helicopters could be liable. For example, if you were injured in a helicopter accident involving a defective Bell 407 helicopter, then Bells Helicopter could be held accountable.
Based on product liability, all companies have a duty towards their consumers. They have a duty to thoroughly inspect their products to be able to identify and address any defects present that could lead to incidents that could harm innocent consumers. When these companies fail to take any action to identify and address the defects present in their products, they could directly contribute to incidents – and, undeniably, they could be liable for all resulting harm.
This means that Bells Helicopter could definitely be liable for the harm resulting from any incident caused by a defect in one of their Bell 407 helicopters.
Can anyone else be liable for the harm resulting from the incident? In fact, yes – other parties could be liable, but it will all depend on the details surrounding the accident. Let’s consider some examples. If the helicopter was owned and rented by a specific company that was aware of existing issues with the helicopter, then this company could also be liable. If the company was maintained/repaired by a third-party company that failed to identify issues or even created additional issues, then this company could be liable. Similarly, if the accident was caused by pilot error, the pilot (or his estate in case of fatality), the pilot company (that made the pilot available to passengers), and even the pilot training company can be liable. As mentioned before, liability all depends on the specific situation.
For more information about liability for helicopter accidents and your right to sue, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm immediately.
What Compensation Can I Receive?
This is a very common question among those who are looking to file a lawsuit after any type of accident, including a helicopter accident. If your helicopter accident lawsuit is successful, you could be eligible to recover a significant payout for the harm that you or a loved one suffered. Although every claim is different, you could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
Wrongful death: in the case of wrongful death, claimants could be eligible to recover compensation for medical expenses incurred before death, loss of financial support, loss of consortium, funeral/burial costs, etc.
For more information about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to recover if your Bell 407 helicopter accident lawsuit is successful, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately. Our expert attorneys are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to really understand what you could potentially recovery.
You can trust our lawyers to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest settlement available for the harm that you or a loved one suffered in a helicopter accident involving a Bells 407 helicopter.
Filing Your Claim Promptly
All lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations – or a deadline to sue. If claimants do not file their claims within the appropriate deadline, then they could lose their right to sue entirely. How long do you have to file your helicopter accident claim? How long do you have to file your helicopter accident wrongful death claim? In the state of California, personal injury claims and wrongful death claims are both subject to a two-year statute of limitations, which gives claimants only two years to sue. Depending on the details surrounding the claim, some exceptions that could toll/pause the deadline could apply. For more information about the specific length of time that you have to file your lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
If you lost a loved one to a fatal helicopter crash, you might be wondering if you have the right to file a wrongful death claim. In general, only surviving family members have the right to file a wrongful death claim. You might have some of the following questions:
- Can a divorced parent bring forth a cause of action?
- Can a brother or sister file a wrongful death claim?
- Can stepchildren file a wrongful death claim?
Yes – divorced parents, brothers, sisters, and stepchildren of the deceased victim can file for wrongful death. In fact, based on the California law, the following parties can file for wrongful death: the decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, or the persons entitled to the decedents property by intestate succession (in the case of no surviving family); the putative spouse, children of the putative spouse, stepchildren, or parents (if they were dependent on the decedent); a minor that was residing with the decedent and financially dependent on the decedent for the previous 180 days.
If you are unsure if you can file a wrongful death claim, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to help you understand your right to sue.
We Can Help with Funeral Costs
Here at our law firm, we understand that it can be difficult to cover funeral costs after the sudden death of a family member. We can help you with covering funeral costs for a plane crash or helicopter crash. In fact, we will cover all funeral costs to make sure that you do not have to worry about how you will be able to pay for funeral and burial services after your family member’s sudden passing in a helicopter accident. For more information about how we can help you during this difficult time, do not hesitate to contact our experts today.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Were you or a member of your family harmed in a helicopter crash involving a Bells 407 helicopter? If so, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. If the crash was caused by a defect in the helicopter, you could be eligible to sue Bells Helicopter. For more information about the legal options available to you, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our personal injury lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue your claim and win.
We offer free legal services, which include both free consultations and free second opinions. During these legal services, our helicopter accident experts will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns – helping you start or continue the legal process. If you are interested in benefiting from our free legal services, contact us immediately.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients will never be required to cover any upfront legal fees for our legal services. In addition, because we work strictly on contingency, our clients will not have to pay until they win. If you do not win, you will not be responsible for paying anything.
If you are ready to speak with our experts, contact us today.