Doctor dragged off United Airlines to sue; law experts estimate amount he’d win in lawsuit

  • Doctor’s legal counsel said client mulling lawsuit against United Airlines for forcible removal
  • Law experts weighed in on possible amount doctor may win, said he stands to get millions
  • United Airlines advised to settle case out of court to save face

UNITED STATES – The lawyer of the Kentucky-based doctor who was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight announced his client’s intention to file a lawsuit against the airline company after he recuperates from his injuries.

Thomas Demetrio, David Dao’s legal counsel, said he has already filed a motion at a local court in Chicago to preserve the documentary evidence detailing the horrific incident. He added that the lawsuit will hopefully spur airlines to take care of their passengers in the future.

“I think corporate America needs to understand that we all want to be treated in the same manner with the same respect and the same dignity that they would treat their own family members. If they do that, wouldn’t it be great? So, will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, probably,” CNBC quoted him as saying.

According to aviation law expert Dan Rose, Dao could stand to walk away with as much as $5 to $10 million if he wins a lawsuit against United Airlines.

“They want this to go away; they don’t want this to be lingering in the media for the next two years,” Rose said. “I would not be surprised if the case was resolved in the $5 to $10 million range in short order. It could be more; it could be less … it’s not a science.”

Another attorney, Arthur Wolk, advised the airline to settle this PR nightmare as quickly as possible.

“If I were United Airlines, I’d be all over him to try to get him to accept a reasonable compensation and to go away,” he said.