The pageantry of a made-for-TV legal case was on full display yesterday, as Dr. David Dao’s lawyers used a carefully staged press conference to lay out their case against United.
Here’s the press conference — 1hr in length —
In the press conference, we learn that Dao
- Suffered a “significant” concussion
- Broke his nose
- Lost two teeth
Though not present at the conference, Dao recently checked out of a Chicago-area hospital. His daughter was present at the conference and argued that what happened to her father was inhumane.
In setting the stage to sue, Dao’s attorney Thomas Demitrio stated, “When we file our lawsuit it’s going to be because every word, every deposition is in that lawsuit for a reason.”
No lawsuit yet since lawyers are performing “due diligence” to ensure they have all the facts and gather relevant evidence. But Demetrio said the law would be built around this fundamental premise–
Here’s the law, real simple: If you’re going to eject a passenger, under no circumstances can it be done with unreasonable force or violence.
He’s right. And as is often the case, it will hinge on one word: how a jury construes unreasonable.
Sue the City of Chicago Too?
United will be sued, but the City of Chicago may be as well according to his attorneys. I’d count on that. Police officers should not be used as airline bouncers for non-safety reasons, but in all cases law enforcement personnel should be held a higher standard. By that I mean police officers should know how to diffuse a situation, not escalate it. Perhaps that was impossible in this case, but I don’t think so — Dao was too reasonable prior to the ejection.
Gloria Allred must have been busy. She will rarely miss out on an opportunity like this…
I predict a large settlement.
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