David Dao's injuries: concussion, two front teeth knocked out, broken nose

Dr David Dao's lawyers have revealed the extent of his injuries as part of his pending lawsuit: "a broken nose and concussion and lost two front teeth."

Dao, who escaped Vietnam by boat in 1975, said that being brutalized on his United flight was "more horrifying."

The attorney also said neither he nor Dao’s family have received a direct apology from Munoz — contradicting the airline chief, who said he reached out to the family to offer his apology.

Demetrio declined to discuss what kind of damages Dao might seek in a lawsuit, saying he doesn’t know the extent of the physical, emotional or psychological damage the man suffered. But, he said, the airline did not have the right to use “unnecessary force and violence” to remove a passenger who is not a threat.

United apologizes — again — after attorney describes dragged passenger's injuries [Hugo Martin/LA Times]

(via Naked Capitalism)

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  1. concussion, two front teeth knocked out, broken nose

    That's beat down, no doubt about it. To a 69 year old senior citizen no less.

  2. So he gets to sue United, the Chicago airport police, and all the media channels that described him as a sex-crazed drug addict. If he gets even half the money he deserves, he's going to be able to start his own hospital.

    Aggravating factors influencing the size of the settlement should surely include the fact that both United ("he was disruptive and belligerent") and the cops ("he fell") blatantly and publicly lied in an attempt to distort the facts of the case. From the description of the injuries, I will not be surprised if it turns out that the cop slammed his face into the back of the seat in front of him -- I very much doubt he could have suffered those precise injuries by "falling" in the confined space of an economy class seat row.

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  4. Shuck says:

    The story gets worse and worse and new facts come out:

    • The flight apparently wasn't overbooked
    • Two people previous to him were asked to leave and didn't, and nothing was done to him
    • The airline falsely claimed that he was belligerent - but there's video, which shows him politely explaining his situation, and like the two previous people, refusing to get off the plane
    • The cops lied about what happened - which we can, yet again, clearly see from video

    No kidding!

    That seems to have been purely down to tabloid "journalists." The Daily Mail did a big article about how this drugged-up gay sex fiend was dragged off the aircraft, and British libel law being what it is, he can get a whole lot of money out of them - and I really hope he does.

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