A helicopter that was transporting a patient to San Francisco had to make an emergency landing in a field in Vacaville on February 26, 2015. The helicopter left Vaca Valley Hospital at roughly 8:30 p.m. The pilot suspected that a bird may have hit the helicopter, but it is still unclear if that is the reason that the helicopter had to land. The helicopter landed safely near Peabody Road and Alamon Drive. The Vacaville Fire and Police Departments arrived on the scene to assist, and the patient was transferred to an ambulance to make the trip to San Francisco. There were no injuries reported regarding the landing.
Although there were no injuries in this case, if there were injuries, it is unclear whether this patient would have been able to file a personal injury suit against either the hospital or the pilot. The helicopter pilot stated that he landed as required by standard procedures, and where the hospital is following standard procedures, there may not be any liability associated with the actions. Unless, of course, the standard procedures are found to be flawed. However, if the pilot was wrong about the need to land, then that might trigger liability.
Thankfully, no one was injured in this case, but if there was liability, then the pilot or the hospital would have also been liable for any worsening of the patient’s condition caused by the landing.
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