The NTSB hasn’t yet issued its report on the fatal Skylife air ambulance crash in December 2015. But a Fresno judge has ruled that regardless of the cause, the family of one of the paramedics on board will not be allowed to sue either the operator of the helicopter (Rogers Helicopter) or the helicopter’s owner, (American Airborne), regardless of whether they were negligent in the helicopter’s operation or maintenance.
As it turns out, both entities were partners with the paramedic’s employer, Skylife . An employee cannot sue his employer for a work related injury or death. Nor can he sue the employor’s partner.
Such claims are barred by the Workers’ Compensation laws.