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Negligence claimed in fatal helicopter accident

The relatives and estate of a Michigan man that lost his life as a passenger in a helicopter crash have initiated a court proceeding alleging that the fatal accident was the result of negligence. The wrongful death lawsuit is asking for compensation for loss of companionship, funeral expenses, loss of future earnings, and for support, grief and sorrow.

The passenger that dies in this crash was only 33-years-old. He would have likely had a long and productive life ahead of him While no lawsuit can ever make up for the loss of a loved family member. While the court will need to decide the exact circumstance that lead to this crash, in cases where someone else's negligence costs the life of another person, the family at least deserves the compensation that a court has the power to order.

In this case, the lawsuit claims that the pilot, who also perished in the crash, was negligent and that negligence contributed to the crash. It also claims that the pilot's employer did not ensure that the pilot was properly trained and that the helicopter was properly maintained. In an earlier response by the defendants in this matter, they claimed that the deceased passenger had assumed the risk of being involved in a fatal crash simply by riding in the helicopter.

According to local news reports the helicopter was flying about 85 miles north of Bay City on the way to a hunting cabin when the crash occurred. The National Transportation Safety Board has not yet released its information about the cause of the crash. But it is known that the helicopter crashed upside down and then burst into flames.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Lawsuit Filed In Michigan In Fatal September Helicopter Crash," March 29, 2012

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