Legal News

United Airlines Passenger Hires Chicago Lawyer
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Summary: After being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight, a Kentucky doctor has hired a prominent lawyer to join his legal team. 

After a humiliating public manhandling, a Louisville doctor has hired a well-regarded Chicago lawyer to gear up for a possible lawsuit.

  
What
Where


Earlier this week, cell phone footage of Dr. David Dao being dragged off an airplane went viral, and millions around the country expressed their shock at the violence and harm he experienced.

The doctor had refused to deboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Louisville, so crew members called the police who grabbed him out of his seat and roughly pulled him by the arms off the plane. Dao received injuries because of the forceful removal, and a follow-up video showed him with a bloodied head, whispering sadly to himself “Kill me.”

After Dao’s dragging, he underwent treatment at a hospital in Chicago.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




According to TMZ, Dao, 69, had hit his head on the arm rests, and anonymous United crew members said the injuries he sustained could have been avoided. They also said that the violent removal procedure was unwarranted.

DNA Info reported that Dao swiftly hired Tom Demetrio of Chicago’s Corboy & Demetrio after the incident. The law firm is well-known for handling aviation and personal injury cases, and Demetrio was the former president of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.



Demetrio is joining Dao’s other lawyer Stephen L. Golan of Golan Christie Taglia.

Time Magazine said that Dao’s legal team has already filed a petition in Cook County Circuit Court to seize evidence related to the case. While there has not been a lawsuit filed against United Airlines yet, with Dao’s emotional distress and visible injuries, a lawsuit seems inevitable.

“The family of Dr. Dao wants the world to know that they are very appreciative of the outpouring of prayers, concern and support they have received. Currently, they are focused only on Dr. Dao’s medical care and treatment,” Golan said in a statement on Tuesday.

United Airlines said that Dao had been “belligerent” when he was informed that he had to deboard the flight that he had paid for because the airline had overbooked the flight and needed seats for four crew members.

It is a customary practice for the airline to overbook flights, and to remove extra passengers, they usually offer financial incentives such as money, plane tickets, or a free hotel room to get passengers to volunteer themselves to be moved to another flight. For this flight, however, no one was willing to volunteer so United chose candidates at random.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz initially botched the company response when he tried to explain his crew’s actions as them “re-accommodating” Dao. He further added kindlewood to the public’s angry fire when he tried to blame Dao’s bad attitude as the cause of the violent Sunday incident.

On Tuesday, Munoz appeared more contrite in a written public apology.

“The truly horrific event that occurred on this flight has elicited many responses from all of us: outrage, anger, disappointment. I share all of those sentiments, and one above all: my deepest apologies for what happened,” Munoz said in his statement. “Like you, I continue to be disturbed by what happened on this flight and I deeply apologize to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard.”

Since the incident, skeletons in Dao’s closet has surfaced, even though they have no bearing on the police’s decision to manhandle him on United Flight 3411.

According to DNA Info, an official from the Chicago Aviation Department said that the officer who had grabbed Dao has been suspended.

“The incident on United flight 3411 was not in accordance with our standard operating procedure, and the actions of the aviation security officer are obviously not condoned by the Department,” Karen Pride of the Aviation Department said.

What do you think of the incident on United Airlines? Let us know in the comments below.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Corporate Attorney with mergers and acquisitions experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office is seeking a corporate attorney with 1-6 years of M&A, corporate finance, securit...

Apply Now

Estate Planning Attorney with 6+ years of experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office is seeking an experienced estate planning attorney with 6+ years of experience. C...

Apply Now

Litigation Attorney with 2-6 years of experience

USA-OR-Portland

Portland office is seeking a litigation attorney with 2-6 years of experience.

Apply Now

IP Attorney with 3-5 years of mechanical engineering experience

USA-MO-Saint Louis

St. Louis office of our client seeks IP attorney with 3-5 years of experience in patent prosecution....

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Trial Attorney - $100.00/hr

USA-FL-Orlando

We are a small Real Estate company seeking a Florida Federal Court  licenced Attorney ...

Apply now

Litigation paralegal

USA-TX-Dallas

We are looking to immediately hire a responsible, highly organized, self-motivated litigation parale...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-TX-Dallas

Associate Attorney – 7 to 10 Years’ Experience - Dallas/Fort Worth   ...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-TX-Dallas

Associate Attorney – 3 to 5 Years’ Experience - Dallas/Fort Worth   ...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top