Helicopter Crashes

With thousands of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, some of which are more than a hundred miles offshore, oil companies regularly transport employees to and from their work locations by helicopter. While this is much quicker than transportation by sea, helicopters can be extremely dangerous. When helicopters are poorly maintained and pilots are asked to fly without adequate training, the results can be disastrous – and often fatal – for offshore workers.

Each year, there are several helicopter crashes in the Gulf of Mexico. The causes vary, but in any case, offshore workers and their families can seek compensation for their losses. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we are experienced in dealing with the unique laws involved in maritime helicopter crashes, and we can make sure that you and your loved ones receive the compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Offshore Helicopter Accidents

In the Gulf of Mexico, there are several different factors that can lead to helicopter crashes. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:

  • Lack of pilot training or experience
  • Pilot error
  • Improper repairs or maintenance
  • Helicopter defects
  • Improperly-loaded and overloaded helicopters
  • Dangerous weather conditions

Since these accidents occur over water, conducting an investigation requires swift action and specific experience with the challenges involved in investigating offshore incidents. With respect to seeking compensation, just determining which laws apply can be challenging as well – not to mention fighting for compensation under those laws in court. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we have extensive experience in offshore accident claims and we work with trusted experts who help us make sure we can seek the largest possible settlements and verdicts for our clients’ losses.

Seek Just Compensation for Your Helicopter Accident

In many cases, victims of offshore helicopter accidents can seek compensation under the Jones Act. Under the Jones Act, injured maritime workers can receive no-fault benefits for their medical and living expenses (referred to as “maintenance and cure”), and they can also file negligence-based claims against their employers and third parties. This often includes claims against:

  • The oil company
  • The pilot
  • The helicopter’s owner
  • The helicopter’s manufacturer
  • The hanger where the helicopter is maintained and stored
  • A fixed base operator (FBO)
  • Air traffic control

In fatal helicopter accidents, eligible family members can claim benefits under the Jones Act as well. In addition, many offshore wrongful death cases involve claims under the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA). DOHSA is an important federal law that protects family members after fatal accidents that occur more than 12 miles offshore. If the accident occurred less than 12 miles offshore, you may be entitled to compensation under state law.

Speak With a Houston Helicopter Accident Lawyer Today

At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we have the knowledge and experience to successfully represent victims in offshore helicopter accident claims. We don’t let challenges and legal complexities stand in our way, and we don’t hesitate to go to court to protect our clients’ rights. If you would like to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys, please call (800) 489-2216 or contact us online today.

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