A paralyzed vet sues O’Hare Airport and its workers for allegedly mistreating him that left him soaked in his own urine nearly two years ago.
According to CBS News, a former U.S. marine now paralyzed vet sues O’Hare Airport and its workers for mistreating him in a way that left him injured and soaked in his own urine. Marine Sgt. Joseph Smith, who was left in a wheelchair after fighting in Afghanistan back in 2004, is suing Air Serv Corporation and United Airlines for $300,000 in damages.
Smith claims that an Air Serv employee ignored warnings a wheel had become stuck and dumped Smith out of his wheelchair at O’Hare in November 2010. Smith was traveling with the Paralympic shooting team and was trying to catch a flight from O’Hare when an employee tipped his chair over while boarding the plane and caused him injuries as Smith stated, “I flew out of my chair, hit my head on the left side of my head. … I landed on my head.”
Smith sustained a concussion from the fall and was then denied an aisle seat on his United Airlines flight. Smith had no assistance and was forced to drag himself to his seat, however, in the process, Smith’s catheter bag spilled and soaked him with urine.
Smith’s lawyer, Alex Hattimer, was shocked at the lack of care the airport had for Smith, especially considering he is a vet as he told reporters, “The catheter bag ruptures, he ends up with urine spilled all over him. He drags his urine-covered, limb body down the aisle.”
Smith told reporters that this isn’t about money, but about his dignity, “Apparently some people out there, they just don’t get it. So, I want to make sure this never happens to someone else. I just want people out there to know that … people with disabilities, we’re not invisible. We’re people, too.”
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Paralyzed Vet Sues O’hare Aiport and Workers for Mistreatment.