An attorney for Dr. David Dao, the 69-year-old Vietnamese-American doctor who was forcibly extracted from a United Airlines jet in an incident that was captured on widely circulated video footage, said his client suffered a concussion and a broken nose, among other injuries, in the incident.
Reuters reports that Thomas Demetrio told reporters at a news conference in Chicago: “For a long time airlines, United in particular, have bullied us. … Will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, probably.”
Dao, whose face is bloody in video footage as he is dragged down the aisle by aviation officers, was reportedly hospitalized after the incident, which sparked widespread criticism of the airline and was followed by a decline in United’s stock prices.
“Demetrio said the law stated that passengers could not be ejected from planes with unreasonable force,” Reuters reports. “Chicago runs the airport and the city’s department of aviation employs the three officers who dragged Dao off the plane.”
The report adds: “Dao, who was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday night, suffered a significant concussion, a broken nose and lost two front teeth in the incident, and he will need to undergo reconstructive surgery, Demetrio said.”
Dao’s daughter, Crystal Dao Pepper, also appeared at the news conference saying the family was “horrified, shocked and sickened” by what happened to her father.