On April 9th, Dr. David Dao was dragged off a United Airlines flight due to an overbooked plane. Even though, in order to board the plane, Dao was given a boarding pass and access without any knowledge of a full plane beforehand.
The incident was filmed by surrounding passengers that were outraged by the mistreatment the 69-year-old Vietnamese man received.
The doctor has finally taken a step against the American airline company and has chosen to pursue legal action. Recently, his lawyers spoke out on his behalf to shed some light on how the doctor is doing, and what his legal plans are.
Dr. David Dao entrusted two veteran Chicago attorneys with his defense: Thomas A. Demetrio and Stephen Golan. They will represent him for this disheartening trial.
Dao was making his way from Chicago to Louisville when he was brutally removed from his flight by the Chicago Aviation Police Department.
The doctor has spoken on the incident since and has reported to a CBS affiliate that he is not doing well and is injured all over his body.
As a result of the incident, Dao suffered a concussion, loss of his two front teeth and a broken nose. At this time, Dao’s family is focused on his medical care and treatment to ensure that he returns back to his healthy state in no time.
Lawyer Stephen Golan shared a statement on behalf of Dao’s family stating that they are extremely appreciative of all the support they have received.
Since the viral video was shared, Dao’s criminal past has been brought into question. In the past, Dr. Dao was allegedly charged with offering pharmaceutical drugs for sex and stalking.
These charges will most likely come up during Dao’s trial in court but are not likely to hold any bearing on what happened to him on that flight in the United Airlines case.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz spoke out, stating that he takes full responsibility for the humbling experience and that it will stand as a watershed moment for the company.
Munoz has also taken to the airwaves stating that they are not currently firing any United Airlines employees as he believes the issue to have been a system failure.
Outraged protesters have petitioned to have Munoz let go by the United Airlines company as his insensitivity and early statements on Dao’s incident were widely criticized.
In the 1970’s, Dr. David Dao and his wife fled from Vietnam to the United States to start a family with the hope of proving their children with better opportunities.
Dr. Dao and his wife Teresa, who is a pediatrician, owned and operated a medical practice in Kentucky prior to his drug convictions.
Dao and Teresa both raised 5 children. Four out of the 5 children are doctors and contribute to the medical field of the United States.
Dao’s daughter Crystal held a press conference speaking about her father’s incident proclaiming that what happened to her father should never happen to any human being.
Dao’s lawyers are determined to receive justice for him and his family as well as the American people that have supported United Airlines over the years.
As the trial proceeds and story unfolds, our best wishes go out to Dr. David Dao and his family during this time.