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Case Study # 5: The Hard to Find Witness

Litigation Support Case Study # 5 – The Hard to Find Witness: Case Studies, Summit Loss Prevention Consulting, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana (IN)


Summit Loss Prevention Consulting's president, Tony Jarana, has worked on thousands of different types of cases during a quarter century of field work and loss prevention management. This is just one example of the many situations in which you may find yourself:

Case Study: Finding the Hard-to-Find Witness

Several years ago, a corporate Vice President was killed instantly after he exited a helicopter he had been flying in only moments earlier and was struck by the main rotor blade of that aircraft. 

The helicopter was part of the corporate fleet of aircraft, and everyone on site that horrific day, whether involved as pilots, maintenance crew members or ground support service personnel were employees of that same corporation. 

During the lawsuit that ensued, the corporation made every effort to maintain strict control over any statements being issued by those employees, to the extent that when a pilot left the company, they were paid specifically to not discuss the events they witnessed. 

A Senior Investigator for Summit was able to identify and locate one former ground support employee who had moved to another company. This key individual witnessed the tragic event and had full knowledge of the corporation’s flight safety program; yet he was overlooked as a witness until the investigator located him. 

This man was so traumatized by the event he witnessed that he was actually treated for shock at the airfield that day by paramedics. This gentleman had never formally discussed everything he witnessed that day with anyone until he granted an interview to the investigator. 

Due to his awareness of the inadequate safety policies and procedures in place within this Corporate Flight Operations Department, coupled with his eyewitness testimony of the event, the witness proved to be invaluable to the attorneys working on the case

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