On May 7th, 2021, Robert Half lawsuit was brought forth against the American Airlines, Continental Airlines, and United Airlines by Stephen J. Caselli and Joseph Lora. Mr. Caselli is a plaintiff from Chicago who suffers from asthma and a co-morbid condition called Asperger’s Syndrome. Mr. Caselli states in his Complaint that he is suffering from the effects of being chronically exposed to highly-pressurized air while flying on either American Airlines or Continental Airlines on a daily basis.
Mr. Caselli filed his lawsuit against American Airlines in the Southern District of New York, asking for monetary damages for his medical condition and for the irresponsible actions of American Airlines’ flight attendants. He further demands that the airlines be held accountable for their safety records, policies, and practices. The suit further asks the court to award him medical bills and for an investigation into the handling of his flight. The case is currently in litigation and has no date set as of yet, when the case will be resolved. However, the lawsuit is being vigorously pursued by Robert Half.
Mr. Caselli has hired noted legal expert, Paul D. Connelly, to represent him in the case. Mr. Connelly is well-known for winning cases that have been ruled on in favor of the plaintiff. Mr. Connelly is also a member of the plaintiff’s side in most of his personal injury lawsuits. Furthermore, Mr. Connelly is known as an excellent oral and written writer. In the Robert Half lawsuit, Mr. Connelly will take the position that he can adequately represent and document the medical and psychological conditions suffered by Mr. Caselli as a result of being constantly exposed to extreme levels of pressure while in flight.
Another plaintiff in this lawsuit is Joseph Lora. Mr. Lora suffers from diabetes and is unable to control his glucose levels. On several occasions, he has fallen asleep while traveling on an airplane. He believes that he has been subject to involuntary excessive force by the flight crew, in violation of aviation regulations. Mr. Lora is seeking financial compensation for injuries, medical bills, loss of earning capacity, and other similar results of the lawsuit. Although the case is ongoing, Mr. Lora has already received his monetary award.
The legal battle is not over, yet. The defendants deny all of the allegations in the case. However, a federal grand jury is looking into the matter. If the grand jury determines that there is probable cause to believe that the plane crash was due to negligence on the part of the pilots or other members of the airline crew, they will present their findings before a federal district court judge. This is expected to occur in the near future.
Why is all this legal action occurring? There is really only one answer to that question: greed. Why would any company that profits from the transportation of passengers be found liable in such a case? Is the airline industry more concerned with the bottom line than the lives of those who are hurt in these accidents? If so, they need to reassess their priorities.