Thursday, August 23, 2012

Helicopter Accident Shows Wisdom of Legal Consultation

  A tragic helicopter accident near the Pogo mine which resulted in the death of the pilot shows the wisdom of consulting a lawyer.  See   The Preliminary Investigation suggests that one of the causes of the accident was a defective helipad.

  Because of it being a work accident, Alaska law provides a minimal safety net through workers' compensation benefits, a benefit which precludes the pilot's family from bringing a loss claim against the pilot's employer or the Pogo mine owner.  However, if the helipad was constructed by a subcontractor, the family may have the ability to pursue a claim for full recovery.  In advising the family a lawyer would investigate the contractual relationships of the parties.

  You have to know your hand in order to play your cards smart.  See