Two women are suing United Airlines for $84,894.41, claiming a rough landing on their United Airlines flight caused mental and physical pain.
The fight in question was UA1587, a redeye from Portland to Chicago on May 23, 2015. The suit alleges the aircraft made an unexpectedly hard landing into O’Hare at 6:35a. The landing hurled the ladies into the seatbacks in front of them and caused–
Permanent injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves of her back causing radicular pain and numbness together with headaches and, in particular, a cervical and lumbosacral sprain/strain.
Lawyers add United Airlines was negligent in several areas including:
Failing to approach the runway at an appropriate speed and altitude; In failing to avoid a sudden hard landing; In failing to warn passengers… that a hard landing was possible or imminent; and in failing to give appropriate and timely instructions to passengers to brace for the hard landing.
Why Do Hard Landings Occur?
Rough landings can occur for several reasons, but there are two common reasons: pilot error or crosswinds. This article is helpful in explaining that.
Does the Lawsuit Have Merit?
If I had $85K for every rough landing I endured, I could buy a much larger house and retire. I have encountered several incredibly harsh landings over the years. It just happens when you fly.
I will say this: if I had a rough landing that caused permanent injuries, I would sue too. But why have no other passengers come forward? And how can the pain described in the lawsuit above, two years after the fact, be linked to one allegedly rough landing? Will there be a paper trail? Did these ladies come under the care of a specialist directly after the rough landing? Could there be other reasons for the pain they blame on United Airlines?
On its face, I find this lawsuit frivolous. I also believe that United will find it cheaper to settle than litigate.
We live in the land of the lawsuits. Just another day in paradise…