Injury Caused by Bus’ Automatic Doors Results in Montreal Convention Lawsuit

Case Title: Taylor v. British Airways

On December 28, 2004, a passenger was leaving Kyiv, Ukraine, to fly on British Airways Flight PS501 to Dallas, Texas, via London, England. She had to ride a bus from the terminal to the aircraft to board the plane. On this bus ride, the automatic doors of the bus closed on her, trapping her partially in and partially outside of the bus. As the bus began to move, the passenger was caught between being crushed by the strong force of the door or being dragged by the bus. She did not remember much of the exact details but did remember that several fellow passengers helped her board the plane. No one on the airline’s staff helped her. Once she was back home in Dallas, the plaintiff immediately went to her primary care doctor, who noted her difficulty walking, pain, and swelling. Eventually, she had spinal surgery and underwent months of physical therapy. She still suffers from a permanent injury to her foot which causes her to use a wheelchair. Slack Davis Sanger negotiated a settlement under the Montreal Convention to compensate our client for her pain, suffering, and permanent physical injuries.

Mike Slack has been practicing law for over 36 years and has litigated hundreds of lawsuits. His experience as a licensed pilot and former NASA aerospace engineer gives him unique insight into aviation accident lawsuits.

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