Tragically, when a component on a helicopter fails, disaster often follows. Because the margin of error is so small, helicopter manufacturers have the highest responsibility to ensure their craft’s safe design and manufacture. With a large number of helicopter manufacturers based in the Delaware Valley, a court system that is well equipped to manage complex cases, and Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer’s decades of experience in representing the families of helicopter crash victims, we are regularly called upon to lead the investigation and prosecution of the families’ claims.

Counseling and representing those affected by a helicopter crash entails complex legal and technical issues. Which legal forum is best for the families in terms of discovering what happened and securing a just result? What claims can be pre-empted by FAA regulation or delegation? What law will govern the calculation of damages? What technical expertise must be gained to understand the cause of failure? Drawing upon our depth of talent, Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer has successfully tackled these issues.

Significant Cases

Confidential Recovery for Families of 46 Workers Killed in Chinook Helicopter Crash off the Coast of Scotland

When a Chinook helicopter went down off the coast of Scotland, all 46 oil riggers on board perished.

Sixteen Confidential Settlements for Sikorsky S-92 Crash off the Coast of Newfoundland

Sixteen workers were being flown on a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter to oil platforms stationed off the coast of Newfoundland. A titanium bolt cracked, releasing all of the oil in the gear box, causing the transmission to seize, and the helicopter to plummet into the frigid north Atlantic.

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