So now the question becomes...how much settlement money is United going to throw at Dr. Dao? The absolute last thing they want is for this to go to trial. It would not only be bad publicity, but they would absolutely not be able to win in court...and would be liable for not only compensatory damages, but punitive damages as well.
Yet in a community where hundreds of thousands of dollars can be raised quickly demonstrated by past fundraisers for flooding victims in central Vietnam there's been no rush in Little Saigon to help Dao, with many believing he will end up with millions from suing United.
"I don't worry about his income at this point," said Tammy Hong as she waited for her turn at the My Ngoc beauty salon in Westminster. "He's totally doing the right thing in hiring the big lawyers.
An attorney for David Dao, the passenger forcefully removed from a United Airlines flight earlier this week, outlined the 69-year-old physician's injuries and told reporters Thursday he would file a lawsuit once they had completed their due diligence.
Already, the legal team has filed a chancery motion asking that all evidence in the case be preserved.
Dao suffered "a significant concussion as a result of disembarking that plane," attorney Thomas Demetrio said in a news conference in Chicago. Dao also lost two front teeth, has a broken nose and incurred injuries to his sinuses, and will be "undergoing reconstructive surgery in that regard," Demetrio said.
Welp...It's going to have to be in the millions i believe. He's gonna get paid by both the police and UA.
I doubt his physical injuries are really all that bad. His damages will mostly come from pain and suffering from a mental aspect and the false statements made by UA in those emails that were published to the public by leakers within his own company.
But there's really no calculation for these kinds of things. But obviously with the publicity and general negative opinion towards UA, a jury would absolutely hammer UA when it came to awarding punitives. So UA will offer a lot to keep it from ever getting there. I think we've all seen those movies where the jury awards a fairly nominal restitution award and then tens or hundreds of millions in punitives. The rationale here would be that one of the largest airlines in the US would only be punished if they had to pay millions.
My guess is United didn't explain to the officers why they wanted him removed. Typically, when they call them in, I'm sure it's because the passenger is unruly in one way or another, so that's what they expect going in.
Watching this is fuelling me with rage. I don't think I could have just sat there. I'm not even trying to be cool or anything. I would have legit freaked out at what they were doing.
The situation should never have got that far...trying to offload a passenger already in their seat is never going to end well.