The Support You Need After An Offshore Helicopter Crash
Cases involving offshore helicopter accidents can be very challenging and demand highly skilled representation. Usually, such cases arise in the context of transporting passengers to and from oil platforms at sea. These passengers may include workers at an oil platform, inspectors, or those necessary to deliver supplies and equipment.
My firm, Angelley PC, has successfully handled a variety of offshore helicopter accidents. I am trial attorney William Angelley, and I am committed to passionately representing victims and their family members in these accidents, so they can get the relief they need to recover from this difficult time.
Overcoming The Challenges Of Offshore Accidents
Unfortunately, flights at sea also come with an enhanced risk related to weather and other adverse conditions that may be encountered when flying over water. And, as with any other flight, there is also the risk of mechanical failure or another malfunction due to a maintenance deficiency or a defectively designed or manufactured component part.
As a practical matter, once an accident has occurred, locating and salvaging the wreckage of a helicopter that has crashed in open waters is very difficult, as is analyzing the metal components after prolonged exposure to saltwater. All of these factors make determining the cause of the crash particularly difficult.
Offshore helicopter crash cases are legally complex. In addition to the applicable Federal Aviation Regulations, if the crash is determined to be significantly related to traditional maritime activity, federal admiralty laws, such as the Jones Act, may apply, which can limit damages and alter the procedural aspects of the case. Additionally, if the crash occurs more than 12 miles from U.S. shores, the Death on the High Seas Act will likely apply. Crashes that occur less than 12 miles from U.S. shores and that are not related to traditional maritime activities will likely be governed by state law.
At Angelley PC, Every Client Matters
When you work with my firm, you receive experienced representation, but you also receive compassionate guidance from an attorney who truly cares about the outcome of your case. I dedicate my full time and attention to analyzing the details of each accident case, so I can offer my clients one-on-one support when they need it most.