Helicopter Accidents

Helicopter Accidents

*Kreindler partners are closely following the recent tragic heli-skiing crash near Knik Glacier in Alaska.
Kreindler & Kreindler investigates, determines legal liability and pursues the best outcome for helicopter crash victims. Sightseeing TourEmergency (EMS) and Military helicopter crash cases are complex with numerous challenges that must be overcome. Our firm, working with the country’s foremost experts in helicopter aerodynamics, design, maintenance and operations can and have uncovered the true cause or contributing factor to a helicopter crash, even when the official government investigation has failed to do so, or were mistaken in their conclusions. While most of our settlements are confidential, our aviation accident cases have resulted in many of the highest plaintiffs’ recoveries on record. 

Our sole mission is to find out why the accident happened, make sure it doesn’t happen again and take care of the family left behind.
~ Brian J. Alexander | Attorney and Partner

Flying is safer today due, in no small part, to the seventy-year legacy of Kreindler’s impact on aviation industry standards, practices, laws, and safety regulations.

Kreindler’s helicopter accident litigation experience includes:

We Know, We Fly

Our team of experienced attorneys includes pilots, engineers, and a former aviation maintenance specialist. We have litigated hundreds of general aviation and military helicopter cases.

For each helicopter accident case, we assemble a team of litigators, investigators, and staff to meticulously examine and prepare all aspects of our claim’s liability and damages to determine the cause of the accident, identify responsible entities, present the strongest case and obtain the highest possible compensatory award for the plaintiffs we represent. In addition to our in-house assets, the firm has access to resources that include the country’s foremost technical experts in helicopter aerodynamics, design, maintenance, and operations.

Who knows more about aviation law than attorneys who are also licensed, commercial pilots?

Kreindler Partners and Former Military Pilots (L-R):
Justin Green (USMC)
Brian Alexander (U.S. Army)
Dan Rose (U.S. Navy)

Kreindler has represented victims of aviation accidents and their families since the firm’s founding in 1950. Our goal is nothing less than an exhaustive investigation of the facts and absolute excellence in the quality of legal services we provide on behalf of our clients, regardless of where the crash occurred.

Our Exemplar Helicopter Cases Include:

Our long history of cases includes those in which we’ve proven liability based on negligent operations, maintenance, product defects, and combinations of these theories. We have also litigated scores of cases involving foreign-built helicopters, like Eurocopter and Aerospatiale. Many of these cases have been complex product liability actions, too.

  • UNSURPASSED RECORD OF SUCCESS of any law firm for aviation accident law
  • LEADING COUNSEL in nearly every major airline disaster case worldwide
  • OBTAINED THE LARGEST RECOVERY for a single disaster in the history of aviation

Kreindler in the Media

Kreindler partner Brian Alexander talks about the fuel shutoff lever in the East River, NY helicopter crash
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Aviation attorney and Kreindler partner Justin Green on deadly Liberty crash in East River

Understanding the Differences Between Helicopter and Airplane Accidents Demands Experience

From the trial lawyer’s standpoint, there are many important differences between helicopter accidents and other aircraft crashes. For example, forensic investigation of a helicopter accident scene and the aircraft itself tends to produce a great deal of information regarding the causes of the accident – perhaps even more than in airplane crashes. The condition of the rotors alone can speak volumes about what happened that day and why.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that helicopter pilots participate in the second most dangerous of all professions. Even greater danger awaits EMS pilots, for whom the crash rate is closer to that of combat pilots.

Experience battling every helicopter manufacturer, including:

  • AgustaWestland
  • Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter Group)
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Bell Helicopter
  • Boeing McDonnell Douglas
  • Robinson Helicopter
  • General Electric

In numerous cases, our investigation has uncovered the cause of a helicopter crash when a government investigation has failed to do so, and several of our cases have resulted in the highest client recoveries on record.

Kreindler attorneys include those with up-to-the-minute experience as licensed helicopter pilots who also possess extensive accident investigation training and experience. We know what to look for in the investigation of helicopter accidents that take place under many different circumstances:

  • Emergency rescue
  • Outsourced military operations handled by private contractors
  • Transportation to and from offshore oil or gas platforms
  • Firefighting operations
  • Commuter traffic monitoring and reporting
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Chartered or corporate helicopter operations

The Firm that Other Attorneys Turn to

When you choose Kreindler, you can have a high level of trust and confidence that you are being represented by a national aviation litigation firm with the depth of experience and resources to bring about a successful result. 

Our track record in complex airplane and helicopter cases has generated a significant number of referrals from other lawyers. In fact, most of our clients are referred by other firms, including ones around the world. 

Aviation Accident Law Books

We wrote the book

Kreindler has literally written the book on aviation accident law. Our partners have authored numerous highly acclaimed books, articles and treatises, including the leading treatise in the aviation litigation field, Aviation Accident Law.

Look inside the book here

Call on Our Experience

Kreindler is one of the largest and most distinguished aviation accident law firms in the world. Since 1950, our attorneys have served as leading counsel in nearly every major commercial aviation disaster litigation. Our staff of attorneys includes pilots, engineers, and a former aviation maintenance specialist. The firm has successfully handled countless private, charter, military, general aviation, and helicopter accident cases. Our partners have authored numerous highly acclaimed books, articles, and treatises on aviation litigation.