Schweizer 269 Helicopter Accident Attorney
Helicopter accidents are among the most devastating accidents that anyone could experience. Were you injured in a helicopter accident? Did a member of your family die in a helicopter crash? Was the accident associated with a defective Schweizer 269 helicopter? If so, you could have the right to file a lawsuit – either an injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you would like to learn more about the legal options available to you and your family after a helicopter accident, it is important that you seek legal assistance with a helicopter accident attorney as soon as possible. Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our experts are ready to help you better understand your right to file a lawsuit. Our experts have decades of experience representing victims and their families after traumatic incidents like helicopter accident. You can trust that we can provide you with the guidance that you need to sue and win.
If you are ready to speak with our helicopter accident lawyers, contact us today.
About the Schweizer 269 Helicopter
The Schweizer 269, also known as the Hughes 269/300, is a single-engine light utility helicopter (wither two- or three-seated) produced first by Hughes Helicopters Inc. and then by Schweizer Aircraft Corporation. These helicopters have gone through a lot of production changes and name changes. Currently, the 269C (also known as the 300C) is still being products by Schweizer Aircraft which. Like all other well-known helicopter makes and models, the Schweizer 269 has been associated with a rate of 0.44 fatal accidents per 100,000 fatal accidents. This number comes from a total of 5 fatal accidents throughout more than 1.1 million flight hours.
Possible Causes of Helicopter Accidents
Helicopter accidents have been known to occur due to some of the following reasons:
- Pilot error
- Untrained and unskilled pilots
- Mechanical and electrical failures mid-flight
- Defective helicopters
Depending on the specific cause of the incident, the pilot could be liable, the pilot company or training company could be liable, the helicopter owner could be liable, the mechanic/maintenance crew could be liable, or the manufacturer could be liable.
More about Defective Helicopter Accidents
Although all helicopter accidents are tragic, accidents involving defective helicopters are even more devastating because those affected the most by the incident (pilots and passengers) had no control whatsoever over what happened. A current incident involving a helicopter with a long history of defects has highlighted the importance of these aircrafts being completely free of defects.
Possible defects that could be present in helicopters like the Schweizer 269 include the following:
- Issues with the rotors (main rotor and tail rotor) and the rotor mast
- Issues with the engine/transmission
- Issues with the fuel tank
- Issues with the tail boon
Anything listed above can quickly create a very dangerous situation mid-flight. These defects are typically related to the helicopter’s design, manufacturing, and labeling (i.e., user manuals).
Helicopter Accidents: Victim Injuries and Death
Helicopter accidents can result in significant harm to all parties involved. Those affected by helicopter accidents can sustain some of the following injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries (head injuries, in general)
- Skull fractures
- Neck injuries and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (resulting in paralysis)
- Crushing injuries
- Complex fractures throughout the body
- Ruptured and punctured organs
- Severed limbs
- Burn injuries
- Nerve damage
- Disfigurement (scarring, in general)
Survivors of helicopter accidents are likely to sustain critical injuries, which can cause permanent and disabling harm. In many cases, the injuries suffered are fatal.
If you or a loved one were involved in a helicopter accident, you should contact the experts at our law firm immediately to learn more about your right to file a lawsuit. We can help you understand your legal options.
Liability for Helicopter Accidents Caused by Helicopter Defects
If you were injured or a member of your family died in a helicopter accident involving a defective Schweizer 269 helicopter, you might have many questions about liability and whether you could file a lawsuit. If the accident was caused by a defect present in the helicopter’s labeling, design, or manufacturing, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit – specifically, you could file a product liability lawsuit either for your injuries or for the wrongful death of a loved one.
Based on the concept of product liability, companies have a duty to ensure that their products are completely safe for consumers. Helicopter manufacturers, like Schweizer Aircraft Corporation, have a duty to ensure that their helicopters are completely free of defects before making them available to consumers. To do this, they must thoroughly inspect their products during the different stages of production to be able to identify and address any hazards present. When companies fail to address hazards in their products, incidents can occur that could lead to injuries and even death to innocent consumers. When this happens, these companies could be liable for all resulting harm. In other words, Schweizer Aircraft Corp. could be liable for the harm resulting from incidents caused by their defective Schweizer 269 helicopters.
Of course, it is possible for other parties to be liable for helicopter accidents based on the specific cause of the accident. Some of these parties could include helicopter owners (individuals and companies), maintenance companies, repair companies, private pilots, private pilot companies, pilot training companies, etc. Again, liability will be based on the specific cause of the accident – it is possible that liability is shared among multiple parties.
Filing an Injury Lawsuit
Can you file an injury lawsuit against Schweizer if you were injured in a helicopter crash due to a helicopter defect? Yes, you can file an injury lawsuit against the company. You could sue for the injuries and other damages that you suffered due to the helicopter crash. For more information about your right to file a helicopter accident injury claim, contact us immediately.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Can you file a wrongful death lawsuit? Yes, you could have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit if a member of your family died in a helicopter crash involving a Schweizer 269 helicopter. Based on California law, the following parties are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit:
- A surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, or (only without any surviving family) the person(s) entitled to the decedent’s property based on intestate succession
- A putative spouse, putative spouse’s children, decedent’s stepchildren, or parents (only when these parties were financially dependent on the decedent)
- A minor that resided with the decedent and was financially dependent on the decedent fo the last 180 days
If your relation to the decedent is listed above, then you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. For more information about whether you could be eligible to pursue a wrongful death claim, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
Can I Recover Compensation?
You could be eligible to recover monetary compensation if your helicopter accident lawsuit is successful. Some of the different categories of compensation that you could recover given that your lawsuit is successful include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
Wrongful death benefits: if you are filing a wrongful death claim, you could be eligible to recover different types of benefits, which could include compensation for all medical costs incurred before death, the loss of financial support, loss of consortium, and funeral/burial expenses, for instance.
For more information regarding how much you could potentially be awarded if your helicopter accident lawsuit is successful, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers immediately. Our lawyers will handle your Schweizer 269 accident claim effectively and fight for your right to recover the highest settlement available for your claim.
Deadline to Sue – The Statute of Limitations
How long do you have to file your helicopter accident claim? Whether you are filing an injury claim or a wrongful death, your claim is subject to a statute of limitations. Your statute of limitations determines the total length of time that you have to file your claim. If you do not file your claim on time, then you risk losing the right to sue.
If you are filing an injury claim after a helicopter accident, your claim is subject to a two-year statute of limitations. If you are filing a wrongful death claim after a helicopter accident, your claim is subject to a two-year statute of limitations as well. This means that you will only have two years to file your lawsuit. Of course, it is possible for some exceptions to apply based on the details surrounding your claim.
For more information about the total time that you have to file your lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible.
Help with Funeral Costs
Without a doubt, the sudden death of a family member can result in significant financial stress in addition to the significant grief. Here at our law firm, we understand the difficulties that you and the rest of your family are facing after the tragic death of your loved one. We are proud to say that we can help you with covering funeral expenses after a helicopter crash. For more information about how we can help you cover funeral costs after the death of your family member, do not hesitate to contact our experts immediately. We are ready to help you in any way possible.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
You can trust our helicopter crash attorneys to provide you with the guidance that you need to sue for the harm that you or a loved one suffered due to a defective helicopter. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our experts are ready to evaluate your claim and help you pursue your injury claim or your wrongful death claim. We have decades of experience and are ready to fight for your right to a fair settlement for your helicopter accident claim.
Here at our law firm, we aim to make things as simple as possible for claimants. We offer free legal services. These legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our expert helicopter accident attorneys will provide you with the information that you need to successfully pursue your lawsuit. If you are ready to benefit from these legal services, contact us today.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee to all out clients. Therefore, our clients will never be required to pay upfront legal costs for our legal services. In addition, our law firm works on a strict contingency structure. Because of this, you will not be responsible for paying legal fees until after winning your injury claim. If you do not win, you will simply not pay anything.
If you would like to further discuss your right to sue with the experts at our law firm, contact our helicopter accident lawyers today.