If every company acted in this way and voluntarily corrected problems that caused deaths, it would be a better world
Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) October 14, 2008
A settlement by aviation attorneys Robb & Robb, LLC, arising from a fatal helicopter crash in Nebraska is featured as the "Spotlight" case in the October Reporter of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). AAJ is the world's largest trial bar, with a membership of over 30,000.
The featured case resulted in a $18.4 million settlement involving a Life Net helicopter which crashed in Lincoln, Nebraska resulting in the death of all three occupants (Scollard et. al. v. Eurocopter, C I-02-2620-22, District Court of Lancaster County, Nebraska).
The "Spotlight" article quotes referring lawyer Vincent Powers that "for Nebraska law, it was a miracle recovery and has certainly raised the bar on what is a fair recovery for a wrongful death case."
The article highlights the fact that more significant than the monetary award was the helicopter manufacturer Eurocoper's voluntary and independent decision to change its maintenance protocol regarding the accumulator. The accumulator is a tail rotor component which the plaintiffs alleged failed and was the cause of this crash. The company also plans to evaluate the helicopter's tail rotor system to determine whether the accumulator assembly can be eliminated. Eurocopter's decision to undertake these remedial measures was independent of the settlement.
Lead plaintiffs' attorney and helicopter crash expert Gary C. Robb commended Eurocopter for its actions: "If every company acted in this way and voluntarily corrected problems that caused deaths, it would be a better world," Mr. Robb stated.
In 1995, Robb & Robb obtained the two highest jury verdicts in helicopter crash cases in the U.S., a $350 million jury verdict on behalf of a helicopter pilot who experienced an in-flight engine failure (Barnett v. La Societe Anonyme Turbomecca France, 963 S.W. 2d 939, Western District of Missouri Court of Appeals), and a $70 million jury verdict on behalf of a 20 year old woman who was a passenger on board that same helicopter(Letz v. Turbomecca, 975 S. W. 2d 155, Western District Missouri Court of Appeals). The firm also has the highest settlement in any helicopter crash litigation, a $38 million cash settlement involving a young woman who was severely burned when her tour helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon (Daskal, er. Al. v. Aerospetiale , Case No. A471961 Clark Co. Dist. Court, Las Vegas, Nevada).
Kansas City personal injury lawyer Robb & Robb has been recognized by national media and a number of professional organizations as the leading helicopter crash law firm in the United States.