United Airlines Passenger Files Lawsuit Over Alleged Mechanic Mishap in Flight 931

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Gaw | Poe LLP files lawsuit against United Airlines on behalf of client alleging that its negligence led to injuries in connection with United Flight 931 on October 27, 2018.

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The San Francisco law firm Gaw | Poe LLP today filed a lawsuit against United Airlines, Inc. on behalf of a passenger on its October 27, 2018, Flight 931 from Chicago to London. As alleged in the lawsuit, on that day, Flight 931 made an emergency descent from 40,000 feet to land at the Goose Bay airport in Canada. The lawsuit alleges that the cause of this emergency landing was because the cockpit window for the Boeing 767-300 had shattered, with two of its three layers having been completely compromised.

And as alleged in the lawsuit, the reason why Flight 931’s cockpit window shattered was because a United mechanic had over-torqued the bolts of the cockpit window. As alleged in the lawsuit, however, United’s customer service personnel have already been instructed to respond to inquiries by explaining that the accident was caused by a “bird strike.” In addition, as alleged in the lawsuit, United Airlines had also inexplicably prevented any passengers from deplaning Flight 931 for nearly 8 hours following its emergency landing.

The lawsuit brings a claim arising under the Montreal Convention on behalf of Gaw | Poe’s client for his bodily and mental injuries suffered as a result of this incident. The lawsuit seeks to hold United Airlines both strictly liable, and liable in negligence pursuant to the terms of that treaty. “My client is still struggling with the injuries he suffered, and he deserves fair compensation for them,” said Randolph Gaw, plaintiffs’ attorney and a founder of Gaw | Poe LLP. Gaw added, “United made billions of dollars in profits last year, and it’s insulting that they think a $500 voucher is a fair trade for what happened to my client."

The case is captioned Theodore Liaw v. United Airlines, Inc., et al., Case No. 3:19-CV-00396, and is filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

About Gaw | Poe LLP

Gaw | Poe LLP is a boutique law firm with offices in San Francisco and Orange County. Focusing on business and antitrust litigation, among the firm’s achievements is a $44.4 million jury verdict against a cigar manufacturer, which was the 37th largest verdict in the United States for 2016. Those interested in learning more about this action or Gaw | Poe LLP’s services may visit http://www.gawpoe.com.

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