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The Facts about Sarah Thompson’s Aviation Accident and Settlement Process

Sarah Thompson faced a tragic loss when her husband, a welder, was involved in a fatal flying lesson at Marsden Airfield near Mt Isa in QLD. Despite the hot and windy conditions, the instructor proceeded with the lesson, resulting in the aircraft losing control and crashing. Both occupants were fatally injured. Sarah engaged Peter Carter to pursue a dependency claim against the flying school for the financial loss suffered by herself and her two sons. The insurer initially alleged the accident was a result of an obvious risk in a ‘dangerous recreational activity’. However, the claim was successfully negotiated, resulting in a $900,000 settlement plus standard costs.

The Claim Process on Sarah Thompson's Aviation Accident


Initial Claim and Legal Consultation

Sarah, with Peter Carter’s help, filed a dependency claim against the flying school.


Investigation and Evidence Gathering

Comprehensive evidence and details about the accident were gathered, challenging the insurer’s defense.


Negotiation and Settlement Meetings

Intense negotiations were undertaken to address the insurer’s allegations and secure fair compensation.


Case Settlement

The claim concluded with a negotiated settlement of $900,000, recognizing the significant loss suffered by Sarah and her sons.

The Outcome of Sarah Thompson’s Aviation Accident

Settlement Details: Settled for $900,000, acknowledging the substantial financial impact on Sarah and her children due to their loss.
Closing Remarks: This case underscores the need for rigorous safety standards in aviation training and the importance of legal advocacy in securing rightful claims for dependents in tragic accidents.

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Disclaimer: Names have been change to protect the identity of our client. The image depicted is not of our client.

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