In February 2013, following a 3 week jury trial, a King County Superior Court Jury in Washington returned a verdict in favor of our clients, and the clients of co-counsel, for the death of three people in an aircraft accident in Western Washington. The twelve person jury awarded more than 26 Million Dollars in compensatory and punitive damages.
When asked for comment by reporters covering the case, Robert F. Hedrick of Aviation Law Group said:
“Once we analyzed the defects in the carburetor, our investigation focused on the carburetor design, manufacturing process, and failure history. Sure enough there was a significant history of similar failures for years before this accident.”
We at ALG are proud of the recoveries we obtain for our clients. We can always be reached at (206) 464-1166. Call us, an attorney will always speak to you directly.
ALG attorneys James Anderson and Robert Hedrick were recently invited to give presentations at the Northwest Aviation Insurance Association Seminar in Seattle. On November 5, 2015 Mr. Anderson spoke on the effects of Washington cannabis laws on aviation activities, and the effect of conflicting Federal Aviation Regulations. Particularly, Mr. Anderson addressed the complications that arise when companies try to legally transport cannabis using aircraft. He also addressed insurance issues related to insurance coverage and accidents as related to cannabis laws on the production and transportation side of the regulations.
ALG attorney Robert Hedrick was invited to participate at the same conference. His presentation was part of an insurance and legal claims panel, where Mr. Hedrick provided opinions from the plaintiffs aviation accident attorney’s perspective. The panel discussed numerous regional aircraft accidents, including legal and insurance issues that arose from those accidents. One of the accidents involved a 2009 commercial seaplane accident in British Columbia, in which ALG represented the families of a married couple from California who perished in the accident. Mr. Hedrick expressed serious concerns about numerous safety issues in the seaplane transport industry which were not implemented following the accident.
On March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with 239 passengers and crew, disappeared. The still missing aircraft is now presumed to have crashed with no survivors. The press sought out answers to questions involving private international aviation liability, and ALG attorney Robert Hedrick had the answers. In the weeks following the accident, Mr. Hedrick was interviewed on radio, television, and newspaper, including the following: BBC-UK, BBC-Australia, Radio New Zealand, China Daily, Bloomberg News, China Central Television – CCTV America, and MSNBC – The Reid Report. On March 12, 2014 the China Daily front page stated:
“Even if Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is never found, the rights of the passengers on board will not remain a mystery,” according to Robert Hedrick, an aviation accident attorney at Aviation Law Group. If the aircraft or wreckage of 370 is never found, will the passenger’s families be able to recover for their loss? If so, who will bear responsibility? “The Montreal Convention is a multilateral treaty signed by more than 100 countries including the US. The Convention controls ticketed international travel involving signatory countries,” Hedrick said. “Malaysia signed the Montreal Convention in 2008, and China signed in 2005. “Passengers that are ticketed to travel between the two countries are therefore ordinarily subject to the Convention. “The disappearance of an aircraft is an ‘accident’ under the Montreal Convention. Under … the Convention, Malaysian Airlines is automatically (strictly) liable for damage sustained by passengers up to … approximately $155,000. “For amounts in excess of that, unless Malaysia Airlines can prove that the disappearance was not due to its negligence, or was solely the responsibility of a third party, it will face exposure for full damages to each passenger. “With the missing aircraft, that burden will likely be impossible to meet,” Hedrick said.
Robert F. Hedrick spoke as an expert on international aviation law live on Bloomberg News on March 24, 2014.
His interview is available below:
Mr. Hedrick spoke on international liability under the Montreal Convention as well as the likelihood of recovery for passengers on the flight. Mr. Hedrick is always available for discussion of international law issues. He can be reached at (206) 464-1166.