Helicopter travel is efficient and enjoyable. Business people find that they can reach urgent meetings with minimal delays, because traffic jams are completely cut out. Tourists can get a bird’s eye view of their favourite cities when they’re on holiday.
Of course, some people also have the ambition to go for a helicopter ride, just for the experience itself, and so a ride in a helicopter may make a lovely birthday gift. Sadly, sometimes, people are unlucky and they have a helicopter accident. What happens next?
The consequences of a helicopter accident
Depending on the helicopter’s position, there could be a range of injuries suffered. If the helicopter is airborne and there is engine failure, a crash landing may be necessary. This could cause serious injuries, such as broken limbs or head injuries. Similar results may occur if the helicopter crashes into something while in flight, such as a tree.
Minor injuries might occur during a normal landing in a helicopter, if the pilot isn’t competent. If the helicopter cannot be controlled smoothly, jerky movements might cause passengers to suffer whiplash.
What can you do if you suffer injuries?
The most important thing is for you to get medical help as soon as possible. You need to make sure that your injuries are checked out. Obviously, this will happen straight away if the emergency services attend the scene of the accident, but even if you suffer a relatively minor injury, you should definitely see your GP at the earliest opportunity.
You may need to take time off work to recover. If the injuries are bad, you might have an extended stay in hospital, which will mean that you are out of action for weeks or even months. Some people find that their injuries are so bad, they suffer permanent disability.
Whatever has happened, you could make a claim against the operator of the helicopter, or the manufacturer of it (if it is determined that it was a mechanical fault that caused the accident rather than pilot error). If you win your case, you will be awarded a sum of money in compensation.
To claim compensation, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline and speak to an advisor. They will listen carefully to you, take down your details, and tell you whether you’re eligible to proceed. If you want to go ahead with a claim, one of our no win no fee* solicitors will work on your case.
Getting a payout could really improve your situation. Extra expenses related to your accident, as well as lost wages, will be reimbursed. You will also be compensated for the pain and suffering.
Get help from us now. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 11th February 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Transport accident claims