Fresno news reports that Southern California Edison has agreed to pay millions
of dollars in damages to the families of a pilot and three California
wildlife workers killed in a
Madera County helicopter accident last year. The accident occurred when the helicopter ran into a barely
visible power line and caused the chopper to crash. Representatives of
the families note that the accident "shouldn't have happened
and wouldn't have happened if Edison would have followed industry
The wrongful death case settled out of court for a confidential amount,
but sources reveal that recovery for the families is in the millions.
Reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicate
that the towers holding the unmarked power lines stood at 95 feet above
the ground. The family hopes that the wrongful death lawsuit will improve
safety by ensuring the power company inspects and marks its utility lines.
A wrongful death complaint is similar to a
personal injury action for negligence but in a wrongful death action, the surviving families
members of an individual killed due to another's negligent or wrongful
conduct file a lawsuit for damages sustained, such as medical bills, lost
future earnings and loss of support and companionship.
Typically, a wrongful death action may be brought by the surviving spouse,
children or parents of an individual killed. In some instances, additional
parties such as grandparents or other distant relatives may file a wrongful
death claim. It is important to speak to a
San Francisco wrongful death attorney to determine your right to bring an action and answer your wrongful death
Here, the complaint alleged that California Edison was negligent in its design,
construction and maintenance of the static lines in the position that they were installed
and that their installation created a dangerous condition. The claim further
alleges that as a result of the powers company's negligence, the helicopter
crashed, killing the pilot and three passengers on board.
For more information or if you believe have lost a loved one due to the
wrongful or negligent conduct of another, contact the dedicated San Francisco
personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for a confidential