Not much in details but the Star Press Article is available here.
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I think you will find hundreds and thousands of lawsuits of this kind where an insurer (in this case AMA) is pulled to court (many more probably in the car accident "department" :-). It´s a big buisness in the US, isn´t it?
The only interesting thing is if the accusation of an unexperienced pilot will be important... This could lead to more strict examination of pilots...
No details as to what really happened, but my first impression is that this is a money grab lawsuit brought forth by a pair of ambulance chasers.
The AMA will probably settle for an undisclosed sum and the "victim" will make a miraculous recovery. Standard procedure.
Although I am sure the womans pain is real, something tells me she is out of work like so many other Americans and is just looking for a payday from an insurance company. I am fairly new to flying to flying rc planes but know that crap happens, even to experienced pilots, ie fast wind changes mechanical failure signal interference. I would not be suprised if I was at a show and a plane hit me.
The thing that really gets me is that article doesnt talk about any hospitalization, doctors, or an actual diagnosis, just that the woman has an issue with her left shoulder. I am an american and I think this country has a real problem with sue happy people looking for a pay day.
I do think that any pilot should have some time an experience before flying at show. The AMA should drop a requirement for 1 year of registration with them before you can fly at a show. I love my plane and would enjoy flying for spectators, but I am myself inexperienced and wouldnt want to fly around a large group of spectators yet because I can admit I still lack the experiences needed to deal with certain loss of control situations.
Anyway thats a newbies take on that article...
Probably because everyone knows someone who's gone for the money.
When I was an active duty Marine, I was driving down the highway and some lady cut in front of a semi truck and got hit. I saw the whole thing. I gave the truck driver my info. The lady was walking around, pretty angry, but didn't appear injured.
About 6 months later his lawyer asked me to appear in court.
I walked in, in uniform, and when the "injured" lady was in a wheelchair.
Her lawyer saw me they dropped the case. She walked to her car from the front of the courhouse.
One of the biggest injury cases in model aviation was when the AMA had to pay $1.3 Million to a spectator who had crippling injuries to his leg.
Why does everyone assume that the plaintiff is a scam artist? People do get hurt, some seriously.
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