The doctor who was hauled off a United plane has hired two teams of lawyers to sue the airline.
In the biggest PR nightmare since Kendall Jenner cracked a Pepsi can, the moment Dr Dao was filmed being dragged off a commercial passenger plane went viral on Monday.
Dao has hired two Chicago attorney veterans, according to Chicago Business; Thomas A. Demetrio and Stephen Golan are the men charged with taking United to court over the brutal removal of their client from an overbooked flight from Chicago to Louisville.
— Tyler Bridges (@Tyler_Bridges) April 9, 2017
Since being removed from the flight by the Chicago Aviation Police Department, the 69-year-old Vietnamese man has told CBS affiliate, WKLY that ‘everything’ is injured and that he is not doing well.
In a statement, Stephen Golan said:
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.
Demetrio is a veteran of aviation litigation and has negotiated more than $1 billion in settlements. He specialises in representing clients in medical negligence, product liability and aeroplane crash cases.
— Kaylyn Davis (@kaylyn_davis) April 10, 2017
It is believed Dao’s criminal past – he has previously been charged with offering pharmaceutical drugs for sex as well as stalking – will be dredged up should the case go to court. Of course, it has no bearing on what happened to him on that flight and is merely a public interest story, at best.
After the two-day social media shaming, United Airlines has received in the aftermath of the incident, it seems their troubles are not over yet.