Air Ambulance and Helicopter Crash Liability
Air ambulances are the ambulance equivalent to air travel and are designed for the purpose of expediting the transfer of a patient or injured party to a hospital. Air ambulances or medi-vac are a life saving resort for many who are in need of immediate transport, however sometimes the service can lead to serious injuries for the victims and crew. Air ambulances can crash causing death or permanent injuries.Accidents are caused by improper maintenance or pilot error during take-off and the competitive nature of the industry can lead to over sight with regards to maintenance of the helicopter and proper personnel training.
Air Ambulance Accident InjuriesIf you have been involved in an air ambulance contact our attorneys at Downtown LA Law for a free case evaluation. Air ambulance transports are often misused and improperly ordered for patients, thus an patient or party who is injured during transport should not have been dispatched using that method of transportation. Air transports are to be reserved for those who need immediate medical attention in situation where there is serious blood loss related to a sudden loss of a limb or trauma caused by serious accidents. However, many times such transports are requested when no medical emergency exists. Our air ambulance or medi-vac attorneys can asses your case and determine whether you have a case without any cost to you. No recovery no fee!
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.
Air Ambulance Crash StatisticsAir ambulance helicopters have one of the worst aviation records, with a number of crashes which lead to fatalities and other related injuries. According to reports fatalities attributed to helicopter or air ambulance crashes exceeds that of professions such as deep sea fishing. Air ambulance accidents can be attributed to a number of causes, which include:
- Pilot error, where the pilot miscalculates landing or take off or fails to act in a manner consistent or required by his or her profession;
- Inspection or maintenance error, when the crew or maintenance department fails to take adequate measures to determine whether the helicopter is safe for take-off;
- Manufacturer defect, where the manufacturer of the aircraft or helicopter fails to implement or use a more feasible design which would have avoided the crash or harm; or
- Weather conditions, which would impair the pilots ability to make a proper transport or pickup.
As a passenger you are considered to be a negligent free passenger. A passenger who is being transported via ambulance is not responsible for any injury which occurs during that transport. In fact ambulance carriers are required to make sure that they are driven safely to the nearest ER.