A Flight Life Eurocopter EC145 helicopter crashed last September, killing four people on board. Now, two families are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
The pilot and two flight nurses were transporting a cancer patient to the hospital when the crash occurred. Witnesses reported hearing a “popping noise” and seeing a trail of smoke from the rear of the helicopter before it went down.
In a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), investigators said that one of the engines showed signs of “overheating and lack of lubrication,” a bearing in the engine was excessively worn, and the transmission could not be rotated by hand. Although the final results of the investigation are still pending, the FAA officially linked the case to a January incident in which a pilot of the same model helicopter performed a successful emergency landing. In that incident, the pilot said he caution and warning lights went off and he heard a “hissing sound,” followed by the smell of exhaust fumes and an “orange glow” from the rear his helicopter. He activated fire extinguishers and brought the craft down safely on an airport runway.
The FAA indicated that “under certain circumstances” a blocked oil engine drain line could “present a risk of an engine fire” and completely shut down the engine. While not mandated, the agency is urging owners and operators of the Eurocopter EC145 to perform extra checks of its engine compartment every 100 hours of flight time to look for a blocked oil drain line.
The recent lawsuits contend that the crash could have been prevented. They claim the pilot was negligent for failing to perform proper emergency procedures when the engine failed. The lawsuit also alleges that the helicopter manufacturer and an engine company supplied unsafe equipment and that more safety procedures should have been implemented after the January incident.
Helicopter accident lawsuits are extremely complex and usually take years before compensation is paid. To maintain financial stability, a plaintiff may wish to secure lawsuit funding.
Lawsuit funding is a non-recourse cash advance; the only collateral is the pending lawsuit. The goal of lawsuit financing is to help victims through the litigation process, without having pressing bills and expenses effect the value of their case. Someone desperate for money will, almost always, settle his/her case for less than appropriate value. Strategic lawsuit financing will often prevent this from happening and will pay for itself with increased case proceeds.
There are no upfront fees or monthly payments when securing a lawsuit cash advance. If the lawsuit is successful, the cash advance is repaid out of case proceeds. If the case fails, there is no obligation to repay the funded amount. Furthermore, if the case resolves at significantly less than predicted case value, Lawsuit Financial will provide an appropriate compromise.
If you are involved in a helicopter crash lawsuit and considering a settlement that is much lower than the value of your case, contact Lawsuit Financial toll free, at 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) or visit us online for a free analysis of your case funding situation.