How Thompsons can help
Helicopter accidents seem to be occurring with alarming frequency in Scottish offshore waters. Since 2009 alone, at least twenty people have died commuting to and from their workplace in the North Sea:
- Sixteen people died on 1st April 2009 in the Super Puma helicopter crash, when a Bond Super Puma came down in the North Sea
- Four workers died on 23rd August 2013, when another Super Puma came down off the coast of Shetland.
Other helicopter crashes took place in Scottish territorial waters on 18th February 2009, 10th May 2012 and 22nd October 2012.
In April 2016, a crash off the coast of Norway led to the deaths of 13 people, including at least one man from Scotland. The Super Puma aircraft had been carrying offshore oil workers from the Gullfaks oil field to Bergen.
The impact of crashes like these on the survivors and on the families of victims cannot be over-estimated. We know that nothing will ever make up for the trauma and losses suffered. But a successful compensation claim can help you cope with the consequences.
Specialist Helicopter Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in a helicopter accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. This compensation is often substantial.
We are specialists in this field and have a proven track record:
- Thompsons acted for 13 of the 16 families from the April 2009 Super Puma crash at the 2014 Fatal Accident Inquiry. The firm also recovered millions in compensation for the families.
- Thompsons currently act for 3 of the 4 families from the 23rd August 2013 tragedy and are fighting for justice for the families who lost their loved ones.
As well as recovering compensation for the victims and families of these accidents, Thompsons actively lobbies and campaigns for helicopter safety.
The firm has actively supported Unite’s “Back Home Safe” campaign. The union recently led an extensive consultation with offshore workers on the safety of offshore flights, which has revealed that workers have a considerable lack of confidence in helicopter transport. As a result of this, and in light of the most recent accidents, we wholeheartedly added our voice to those calling for a Public Inquiry into Helicopter Safety from the Scottish Government.
The law relating to aircraft is specialised and our expert lawyers have extensive experience in handling these cases. If you would like to make a claim or simply need more information, contact 0800 0891 331 and talk things through, free of charge, with one of our specialists.