Beltran v. Boeing, et al.

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Case Synopsis:

A Los Angeles judge approved a settlement against Boeing and other companies associated with the manufacturing of the Apache Longbow helicopter amounting to $13.5 million. Brian Panish and Kevin Boyle of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represented Juan Beltran and Ron Carns, the lead plaintiffs in the case, who sustained catastrophic spinal injuries as a result of the August 2003 crash. The accident occurred during a maintenance flight and resulted when the aircraft’s gearbox failed.

“It was like a smoke alarm that failed when it sensed smoke.”
–Kevin Boyle, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP

While the U.S. Army is immune from liability, the manufacturers of aircraft and aircraft parts are not. Boeing Company, Honeywell International Inc., Chadwick-Helmuth Electronics Inc., MPB Corp., and Aircraft Gear Corp were, therefore, all deemed responsible for faulty manufacturing, and ordered to pay more than $13.5 million in damages to Beltran and Carns. Specifically, it was determined that the helicopter’s gearbox and accelerometer were the cause for malfunction and subsequent crash. Beltran is now a quadriplegic as a result of the spinal injuries he sustained during the crash. Carns had to consequently have a metal device inserted in his neck and back. Beltran’s apportionment of the Settlement was $11.28 million, while Carns was awarded $2.3 million.

Beltran v. Boeing, et al. Case Articles:

Judge OKs $13 Million Settlement for Soldiers

Injured When Their Helicopter Crashed, Survivors Sued Over Faulty Manufacturing.

Other Publications:

Business News
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP Announces That Court Approves Largest Known Settlement for Military Personnel Injured During War in Iraq: Major Settlement with Manufacturers of Army’s Apache Longbow Helicopter.

The Spinal Cord Injury Zone
Court approves $13.5M personal injury settlement against Boeing and others over Iraq Apache Longbow accident.

Seattle PI
Boeing, others settle with soldiers injured in a helicopter crash.

FOX News
$13.5M Settlement in Army Copter Crash.

CBS 2
Boeing To Pay $13.5M To Settle Soldiers’ Lawsuit.

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