Air ambulance accidents are a growing problem, which can cause death or possibly aggravate the existing injuries of the party. If you have been hurt as a result of an helicopter ambulance accident, then contact our offices today for a free case evaluation. Our air ambulance helicopter accident attorneys of Los Angeles can help you recover for your injuries and loss.
At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all sorts of injury claims. Our aviation experts are ready to evaluate your injury claim and help you recover the compensation that you are owed. At our firm, we believe in fighting for the rights of victims and their families – and getting them the best payout available. You can trust that our lawyers will help you sue for the air ambulance accident and help you recover the compensation that you are owed. Contact us today.
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.
Another potential cause of these accidents can also include helicopter defects. So, who is liable?
Without a doubt, the air ambulance team has a duty to safely transport their patients to hospitals to ensure that they get the treatment that they need. These air ambulance teams are normally private companies (just like the normal ambulances that we are used to seeing on the road). These companies must ensure that their pilots and medical professionals on board have the proper credentials and training, for instance. Unfortunately, even if the air ambulance team does everything right, incidents can still occur. Helicopter mechanics and helicopter maintenance crews, for instance, can breach their duty of care and negligently cause issues that could lead to incidents. The companies that manufacture these helicopters, which have a duty of care that their products are free of any defects that could compromise the safety of the product, could also breach their duty of care and lead to incidents.
All of these parties could potentially face liability for the harm resulting from helicopter accidents. To discuss your specific situation and get a better understanding of liability as it applies to your case, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm immediately.
Air Ambulance Accident Injuries
Those in need of air ambulance transportation are already severely injured. Any air ambulance incident, no matter how minor, could severely complicate existing injuries. In addition to making existing injuries worse, helicopter accidents could also potentially lead to the following: head injuries; traumatic brain injuries; complex neck and back injuries; spinal cord injuries; crushing injuries; nerve and ligament injuries; severe burns; severed limbs. These injuries, without a doubt, can be fatal especially for those who are already in critical condition and in need of airlifting to a hospital.
If 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 a 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 assess 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 (855) 339-8879.
Air Ambulance Crash Statistics
Air 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.
The Average Value of an Air Ambulance Accident Cases
If you or a loved one was injured in an air ambulance case, then you might have many questions about the possible value of your case. What is the average value of air ambulance accident cases? How much could my case be worth? Although these are very common questions, they are not questions that we can answer accurately without first evaluating your case thoroughly. However, we can provide you with an estimated value.
In general, these types of cases tend to be high value. This is because air ambulances are helicopters, and helicopter accidents are associated with some of the most devastating types of injuries, as already mentioned above. In addition, air ambulances transport patients who are already severely injured, so even a seemingly minor incident could worsen existing injuries. This means that there will likely be higher medical bills, more pain and suffering, a higher likelihood that injuries are permanent/long-lasting, and more lost wages.
So, what’s the estimated value of these types of cases? These cases can be associated with starting values of $500,000 and reach multi-million amounts.
Let’s consider a sample settlement. Our sample victim is a 30-year-old man who was out hiking and fell off a cliff, suffering multiple fractures, lacerations, and a concussion. Because of the nature of the incident, the victim’s only option was to be airlifted to a hospital. However, the air ambulance crashed and caught fire, leaving him with severe burn injuries which resulted in loss of function.
Below there is a breakdown of values for this sample case:
- Medical costs – $700,000
- Lifetime medical treatment – $150,000 per year for 30 years, $4.5 million
- Pain and suffering – $400,000
- Lost wages – $70,000 for 30 years, $2.1 million
- Rehabilitation costs – $400,000
- Total estimated value – $8.1 million
Again, this is just a sample breakdown of a case value. For more information about the possible value of your case and what you could be awarded if your air ambulance is successful, contact the experts here at our law firm immediately.
Contact our Personal Injury Attorneys regarding you Air Ambulance / Helicopter Accident Injuries
All of these conditions require proper evaluation in order to determine which party is at fault for the injuries or death suffered as a result of an air ambulance crash. If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered death as a result of a air ambulance accident then contact our offices now for a free case evaluation. Our helicopter ambulance accident attorneys in Los Angeles can help you in the steps to settlement.
Our aggressive and relentless pursuit of our client’s interest will help you get the best results. We understand the emotional devastation of losing someone due to an air ambulance crash accident. It is difficult to accept that the persons who were charged with saving the life of your loved ones were responsible for causing added injuries or death and we can help you with your recovery.
At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need after an air ambulance helicopter accident. Our helicopter accident attorneys have decades of experience representing injured victims and their families. Whether you are looking for an initial consultation or a second opinion, you can trust that our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need. Best of all, these legal services will be available for you at no cost whatsoever. At our firm, we are proud to offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that you will not pay any upfront legal costs. In addition, we work on contingency; therefore, you will not pay anything until you win.
If you are ready to discuss your air ambulance helicopter accident claim with our experts, contact us today.