Lawyers for the man who was forcibly ejected from a United Airlines flight in the U.S. last week will speak today in front of television cameras for the first time since the incident.
The news conference is set to start at 11 a.m. Thursday from Chicago, the city where David Dao boarded a flight to Louisville last Sunday evening before the airline called in police officers to forcibly remove him from a flight so that airline employees could travel in his place.
Dao suffered multiple injuries as a result of his violent, videotaped ejection, and has reportedly been in hospital ever since.
His family has retained two high-profile lawyers to represent his interests. Thomas Demetrio, a partner at Corboy & Demetrio, is working with Stephen Golan of Golan Christie Taglia on behalf of the Dao family.
Demetrio, who counts personal injury lawsuits related to air travel among his specialities, has negotiated well over $1 billion US in settlements over a 40-year career, including numerous record-setting personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. According to his website, he has never lost an appeal.
Dao’s lawyers have already asked an Illinois court to order United to preserve recordings and other evidence of what happened on board the infamous flight. That suggests some sort of legal action is the works, and more details of that could emerge at the media event on Thursday.
According to the New York Times, one of Dao’s daughters is also expected to speak.
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