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Employer defense after tragic California accident

An employer that desires to stay on the cutting edge of technology and provide an experience or product to consumers that is unique may influence the operation decisions they make. As new ventures are attempted and staff are asked to reach beyond their professional comfort zone, an employer defense regarding any potential workers' compensation claims may be organized in the event of an accident. A commercial airliner meant to take people into outer space for sightseeing recently crashed in California, seriously injuring two Virgin Galactic pilots. The incident may have left the operating company in need of a good employer defense.

The accident occurred when the unique SpaceShipTwo aircraft took off for a test flight and began to experience difficulties. This serious complication led to the crash and resulted in a total loss of the plane. Reports have not outlined the exact cause of the crash but confirmed something may have gone wrong with the aircraft itself.

The two Virgin Galactic pilots responsible for the operation of the SpaceShipTwo  flight were seriously injured in the crash, and only one survived. The surviving pilot may require extensive medical treatment for injuries incurred during the crash and could experience some form of long term disability. The family of the deceased may face steep funeral expenses and the loss of income.

The California SpaceShipTwo crash may leave the Virgin Galactic company responsible for providing workers' compensation insurance coverage as required by law for the two victims. However, an employer defense may help prevent an injured party from taking advantage of financial support and help protect company assets. The plane was intended to take paying passengers into outer space where they could experience space from the comfort of a commercial airline. A business owner that desires to protect their dream and enterprise may also seek help protecting themselves in the event of an unforeseen accident.

Source: CBS San Francisco, "Catastrophic SpaceShipTwo Crash Kills Virgin Galactic Pilot In Major Setback For First Private Spaceflights", Oct. 31, 2014

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