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Widow Files $15M Wrongful Death Suit Against Federal Government

A Maryland widow has recently filed a wrongful death suit against the U.S. Federal Government, claiming that a 2008 medical helicopter crash that killed her husband was the result of air traffic controller negligence. The suit claims that air traffic controllers provided the pilot with bad flight information, ultimately resulting in the death of three people.

According to the Washington Post, the suit was filed by wife of paramedic Mickey C. Libby on March 12, 2010, for $15 million. Lippy was one of four people killed when a helicopter chartered on a medevac flight crashed while carrying two teenagers from a car accident in southern Maryland to Prince George's Hospital Center. The helicopter crashed as the aircraft was attempting to navigate through growing fog and darkness. Reports claim that the helicopter pilot descended too quickly, attempting to avoid the emerging bad weather conditions.

The patient, who was onboard the helicopter during the crash, survived the crash with severe injuries.  

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Libby's widow and two-year-old daughter. The suit claims that failure on the part of the controller significantly contributed to the death of Libby. Furthermore, it states that "the controllers were negligent in that they allegedly relayed hours-old weather information to the pilot and inadequately handled the flight before the crash in District Heights."

This suit does not mention Maryland or state police and was filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. By law, the Federal Government has two months to respond to the suit.

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I would like to file a wroingful death suit agians the US Govenrment, is that possible?

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