Heidi Villari Wins $8M Award for Helicopter Crash Victim

A Luzerne County Judge awarded $8Million+ costs for the victim of a helicopter crash caused by a distracted driver in a damages hearing handled by attorney Heidi Villari of The Beasley Firm. The helicopter had been operated for a charity golf event for crippled children. Unfortunately, the helicopter pilot was operating the helicopter 200 ft. above ground at an unsafe speed, and nose-dived simultaneously. This caused a crash to the ground and plaintiff was partially ejected out of the seat. He never lost consciousness and recounted the accident, multiple surgeries and lengthy stays in rehabilitation to the Court.

Joseph Matteo the plaintiff, age 69 at the time of the crash, who was solicited to drop golf balls onto a golf course as a belted passenger suffered from incomplete paraplegia, neurogenic bladder and bowel, nerve pain as a result of the accident. While he could move his legs, stand and walk with a walker, he is not able to walk about freely. Mr. Matteo, who lives alone, testified that his life had become "a living hell" not only because he had become wheelchair-bound but because of the unbearable pain he endures from nerve damage.

Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has fought for the rights of victims of aviation accidents across the country. To date, we have obtained over $2 billion in awards for our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured or suffers from nerve damage and/or spinal injury as result of an accident, contact us for a free consultation by filling out our online contact form or by phone at (888) 823-5291.


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