An elderly man from Nigeria visiting his family in Chicago had to spend two nights in the hospital after reportedly being injured by airline employees as he traveled Wednesday from Dubai to O’Hare Airport.
The family of 72-year-old David Okesone reportedly unknowingly sat in the wrong seat on the leg of his trip on Flight EK235 from Dubai to Chicago, and his family said when he tried to move his carry-on bag to be with him, employees of Emirates Airlines physically restrained him by zip-tying his arms and legs for eight hours. No charges have been brought against the elderly man, according to media reports.
Clifford Law Offices was the first firm 40 years ago that secured a verdict for former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kluczynski and his wife when they were unceremoniously removed from a flight despite their having tickets. After suing the airlines, a jury returned a verdict in favor of Kluczynski. That decision has led to many other opinions in the past four decades to protect airline passengers.
Bradley M. Cosgrove, Partner at the firm, is available to speak about the latest tragedy of an elderly man once again reportedly being unjustly treated with excessive force when he posed no threat to passengers or crew.
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