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Helicopters are very difficult to fly. The typical helicopter flight mission places an already difficult-to-fly aircraft into an even more difficult and hazardous environment. The lower flight altitude of helicopters as compared with fixed-wing aircraft brings them in closer proximity to on-ground hazards such as radio control towers, utility wires, mountains, or tall buildings. As a result of the powerful impact forces involved in a helicopter crash, the likelihood of those occupants' sustaining severe and disabling injuries and fatalities is substantial.
We wrote the book on helicopter crashes, Helicopter Crash Litigation by Gary C. Robb, published in 2010.
Helicopter crashes within the United States are occurring with alarming frequency. One-half (1/2) of the entire worldwide civil helicopter fleet operates in the United States, and thirty-six percent (36%) of all helicopter crashes occur here. From 2001 to 2005, the accident rate for civil helicopter use per 100,000 flight hours was forty percent (40%) higher than that for general aviation fixed-wing aircraft. The helicopter industry itself has acknowledged that the current helicopter accident rate is "excessive and unsustainable."
"Attorney Gary Robb is by far the most successful helicopter crash trial lawyer in the country."
See also Gary Robb's "10 Essential Checks Before You Step Into a Helicopter," Forbes
Magazine, November 3, 2010
Flight Missions Within The Helicopter Industry
Some of the most common flight missions are listed below:
We would be honored to put our specific experience in these types of cases to work for your family. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special professional care it deserves.
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Our law firm has obtained the two (2) highest jury verdicts ever in helicopter crash trials:
$350 million Our law firm obtained the two (2) highest jury verdicts ever in helicopter crash trials: A $350 million verdict for a pilot killed in a life flight helicopter crash, and a separate $70 million verdict for a passenger killed in that same helicopter crash. This crash involved a Turbomeca helicopter engine which failed in flight due to a defect in the nozzle guide vane.
Our law firm has obtained the largest settlement in U.S. history for a single injury in a helicopter crash:
$38 million A $38 million settlement for a young woman severely injured in a touring helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon which is the highest settlement in U.S. history for a single helicopter crash injury. Defendants in the case included Papillon, Eurocopter and Turbomeca.
$18.4 million In 2008, the firm obtained a $18.4 million settlement in a triple fatality helicopter crash in Nebraska due to a defect in the tail rotor system. Defendant Eurocopter later announced plans to re-design the tail rotor units of all similar models.
$7.2 million In July 2009, the firm won a $7.2 million jury verdict for a cameraman killed when a helicopter flew into power lines and crashed in Iowa during filming of a major motion picture, "The Final Season."