$10 million complaint claims damages were suffered aboard an American Airlines flight.
American Airlines is facing accusations of negligence in court, after a flyer alleges he suffered brain damage when a loaded beverage cart struck his head. Reuters reports the claims come from a lawsuit filed on Thursday.
According to the lawsuit, Charles Johnson was flying with his wife aboard American Airlines Flight 1941 from Hartford Bradley International Airport (BDL) to Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT) in April 2016. During takeoff, one of the beverage carts came loose, causing it to travel down the aisle and injure three passengers. Johnson says he was among those injured
At the time, the lawsuit claims the incident knocked Johnson’s hat off his head and resulted in what is described as a “large forehead gash.” In addition, the couple says that he lost consciousness after the strike and suffered from severe bleeding. However, they claim the flight did not make an emergency landing despite their trauma, electing to continue for two hours into CLT. A nurse who was a passenger aboard the flight cared for Johnson in lieu of the flight attendants.
As a direct result of the incident, Johnson says he now suffers from “chronic traumatic brain injury and post-concussive syndrome,” resulting in mood swings and anxiety. The couple also say their marriage has been strained because of the incident and he has been unable to work.
The couple are seeking $10 million in punitive damages from the carrier through the lawsuit, claiming the carrier acted with gross negligence and reckless disregard. A spokesperson for American acknowledged the lawsuit to Reuters, but would not comment on the pending litigation.