This case occurred in the early 80’s. Plaintiff in this case was a 45-year-old woman who suffered severe injuries to her knees requiring multiple surgeries during an extended airline flight with turbulence — in which the airline refused to accommodate her smoke allergy and made her stand the entire flight.
The airline denied responsibility for the plaintiff’s injuries, claiming that the fact she required two surgeries immediately after the accident was merely coincidental.
The law offices of Winer, McKenna, Burritt & Tillis LLP, retained a biomechanical engineer and a knee surgeon to establish the fact that plaintiff had a severe pre-existing knee condition that was not producing any pain before the flight and the negligent care of the passenger by the airline resulted in the need for surgeries.
RESULT: Confidential settlement on behalf of plaintiff