Aviation - Helicopter Accidents
The Lafayette aviation accident lawyers at Broussard & David have successfully represented victims of aviation accidents involving helicopters and private aircraft. Broussard & David is well known for its representation of many high profile death and catastrophic injury aviation cases, particularly resulting from offshore helicopter crashes. Richard C. Broussard has been a pilot for over 30 years, has owned and operated many aircraft (including a helicopter). He is a commercially rated helicopter pilot. His rare and specialized knowledge of the workings, practices and procedure of aircraft and their crew have led to dozens aviation settlements and judgments totaling millions of dollars.
This highly complex area of law requires an in-depth knowledge of many facets of aviation. Accidents involving private aircraft can often result in complex litigation, as private aircraft are not required to be equipped with a “black box.” Based in the Lafayette area, the aviation accident attorneys at Broussard & David have a great deal of experience in this area as well as the ability to tap experts from around the world who lend their expertise to proving these difficult cases on behalf of plaintiffs. Broussard & David has the resources, experience and ability to use of top aviation experts in the country obtain justice victims of helicopter crashes in the gulf, commercial airline crashes, or a single airplane crash.
Broussard and David has successfully handled numerous cases against many helicopter operators, including Petroleum Helicopters Inc. (PHI) and Air Logistics (Air Log).
Examples of aviation claims successfully litigated by the Lafayette aviation accident attorneys at Broussard & David include:
- Product Liability in defective engine design resulting in engine failure (wrongful death).
- Deficient maintenance practices resulting in engine failure (wrongful death).
- Deficient air traffic control procedures resulting in midair collision (wrongful death). This was the first occasion in which the Federal Aviation Administration was held to be negligent in causing a midair collision in visual flight conditions.
- Pilot error resulting in flight into a non-permanent ground obstruction (wrongful death). Appointed by the federal district court as co-lead counsel to represent 17 sets of wrongful death plaintiffs in the worst helicopter accident in the history of oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Deficient operating practices resulting in fuel contamination (personal injury).
- Defective engineering design resulting in drive train failure (personal injury).
- Deficient operating practices/pilot error resulting in fuel starvation (personal injury).
- Deficient helipad design (civil engineering) and helicopter design (product liability) resulting in rotor blade strike (wrongful death).
- Deficient fuel system design resulting in fuel starvation (wrongful death).
- Pilot error resulting in midair collision (personal injury).
- Deficient operating practices resulting in baggage striking passenger while in flight (personal injury).
- Pilot error striking fixed structure while attempting to depart helipad (wrongful death and personal injury).
- Pilot error in failing to maintain control as a result of operating above maximum allowable gross weight (personal injury).
- Airport facility damage due to operating above airport designed weight restrictions (property damage).
- Flight into adverse weather conditions (pilot error).
- Product liability from defective turbine engine blades (personal injury).