Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys Address United Airlines Incident
Video of airline security dragging a man off a United flight went viral in a matter of hours. The video depicts a man being dragged by his arms down the aisle of a United Airlines plane. Additional footage shows the man's face was bloodied, his eyeglasses askance, while his shirt was riding up to his chest. Audio captured shortly after the altercation ended shows the man to be in distress and disoriented.
The victim, who is 69 years-of-age, was reportedly returning to Kentucky with his wife, according to a local news report. He told flight crew members that he could not give up his seat because he needed to get home to see patients the next day. Initial reports indicated that the man became belligerent after he was asked to leave the flight. Reports state that the man's behavior forced the airline crew to call aviation police, who dragged him out of his seat and off of the plane. The man smashed his face off of the seat's armrest as he was pulled away and went to a local hospital for treatment. The hospital discharged him after three days. He suffered a broken nose, a severe concussion, damage to his sinuses, and lost two front teeth. His injuries will necessitate reconstructive surgery to repair.
The events which lead to this frightful confrontation have sparked some controversy. A United flight crew needed to fly to Louisville to work the next day and had to take this flight from Chicago to by able to get to work for the following day. United personnel asked if people would voluntarily leave the flight and, in return, United would give them $400 and put them up in a hotel. No one accepted the first offer. As a result, United increased the compensation to $800. When no one volunteered, United turned to its computer system to select people to leave the flight. The reservation software selected the man and three others. A couple also volunteered to get off of the plane. The assault victim did not and verbally resisted. No allegation has been made the he physically resisted by throwing punches, kicking, biting, or pushing the aviation police officers as they "manhandled" him.
United Airlines officials circulated an email to employees suggesting that the victim was not cooperative and was "belligerent." The email also reminded United employees to treat everyone with kindness and respect, no matter how difficult of a situation in which they find themselves.
The victim, on the other hand, has contemplated filing a personal injury lawsuit against United and Chicago aviation police. His attorney has filed motions in a Chicago court asking the judge to order United Airlines and the aviation police to preserve video of the incident in addition to preserving all other evidence relating to the incident. The victim, through his attorney, has asked for a court order to preserve cockpit recordings, reports, in addition to any video recordings in its possession or control.
The victim is understandably very upset about the situation according to his attorney. He was humiliated, embarrassed, and suffered various significant personal injuries as a result of tactics used by United Airlines and aviation police, which the lawyer described as "bullying."
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