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The doctor in the Pel-Air plane crash near Norfolk Island has been awarded $959,478 in the Supreme Court of NSW.

In November 2009, Dr David Helm and nurse Karen Casey were working for CareFlight, transporting a seriously ill patient and her husband from Samoa to Melbourne on a plane operated by Pel-Air Aviation Pty Ltd when it crashed near Norfolk Island.

Helm sustained scratches, bruising and multiple soft tissue injuries and an injury to his spine. He returned to work at CareFlight on modified duties. Over time the pain in his back worsened. He will never recover from his injuries, which have not only affected his work but also his study, his ability to interact with his children and his leisure pursuits.

He sued Pel-Air Aviation Pty Ltd in the Supreme Court of NSW and last week was awarded $959,478.

Casey, who was more severely injured than Helm, also successfully sued Pel-Air Aviation Pty Ltd, however, the decision on the amount of damages to be paid has been adjourned until 1 July.

For more details, visit the ruling and the award

Published on 18 June 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.


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