Boeing Settles Health Lawsuit

A former American Airlines flight attendant files suit against Boeing for alleged injuries caused by toxic smoke leaked inside the cabin on a April 11, 2007 flight to from Memphis to Dallas.

Terry Williams, a 42 year-old mother of two says her life was forever changed after that flight left the age.  According to Williams,  shortly after take-off, her eyes began to water, her throat began to tighten and she started to cough.  She developed a headache, which sh contends she still has.

Williams says that she has sustained permanent memory loss, tremors, disabling coughing spams, fatigue nausea, speech impairment, loss of balance, vision impairment, and numbness and tingling her her hands, arms and shoulders.  The Workers’ Compensation doctors in San Francisco have diagnosed her with neurotoxic disorder due to her exposure to the fumes.

After her diagnosis, Williams filed suit against McDonnell Douglas and its parent company Boeing. The suit was filed in King County Washington Superior Court in 2009.  Williams claims that  Boeing that the aircraft and the bleed-air system were defected and did nothing to correct the problem leaving passengers and crew vulnerable to the potential dangers.

The details of the settlement are confidential.  However,  documents released to Williams’ attorney has enough “ammunition” for other lawsuits in the near future.  The Association of Flight Attendants is dealing with on average, three new cases a week involving flight attendants who have been exposed to the toxic fumes.

Boeing contends that their air in the cabins in safe to breath and that independent studies shown that existing systems are working properly.

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