Helicopters transporting workers to offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico have met with tragedy far too often. Since 2000, more than 40 helicopters have crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, an astounding figure. Lawsuits pertaining to offshore accidents involve a complicated mix of federal admiralty / maritime laws, aviation regulations and state tort laws.
For example, the Jones Act is a federal admiralty law that protects workers who are injured while working on U.S. territorial waters. When an offshore helicopter crashes into the Gulf of Mexico, resulting litigation may fall under jurisdiction of the Jones Act because the flight operation has a significant relationship to traditional maritime activity.
In addition, when offshore helicopter accidents occur beyond 12 nautical miles, the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) will apply. In certain instances, this act can limit the non-economic damages, such as “care, comfort and companionship,” that plaintiffs might be entitled to receive under other statutory or common-law schemes.
Slack & Davis helicopter accident attorneys are skilled at sorting through these issues. They have the legal savvy, technical knowledge and financial resources to seek advantageous resolutions for our offshore helicopter accident cases and clients. Contact us to learn more.