Man Says "He Would Like To Be Made Whole"
And so it begins. While "The Miracle
on the Hudson" is gradually fading from the headlines, it appears
clerks are toiling away in legal offices around the country to
figure out who could be held legally liable in the incident under
New York law, the depth of their pockets, and who'd get in line to
Before we all blame the lawyers, though, it should be noted they
may only be responding to passengers itching to sue US Airways for
as-yet unknown damages.
USA Today found a salesman from Charlotte, NC who says he
"...would like to be made whole for the incident." Joe Hart
suffered a bloody nose and bruises in the water landing --
which, it should be noted, all 155 persons onboard
survived -- and adds that it's too soon to know what
emotional distress he's suffered.
Kreindler & Kreindler, a New York law firm with a history of
representing plaintiffs suing for damages in aircraft incidents,
reports it has been contacted by several passengers from US Airways
In addition to physical and emotional injuries, some passengers
are saying their personal property on the stricken plane was worth
more than the $3,300 the US Department of Transportation requires
airlines to cover for checked bags. Some say they lost more than is
the $5,000 the airline has already mailed to each
So far, US Airways is getting kudos for reaching out to
passengers, and at least not adding insult to injury.
Passenger and private pilot Fred Berretta suffered a small cut
on his head during the landing, but says US Airways representatives
have been in frequent touch, and that the $5,000 already sent
covers the value of his lost personal items.
Amber Wells of Charlotte and her 9-month-old daughter, Rayley,
were among those on the flight. She says she lost nursing equipment
worth 2-thousand dollars, a laptop computer, a checked bag and her
carry-on. The 34-year-old senior manager for NASCAR observes those
things can all be replaced.
"My life cannot be replaced," she added.
Legal experts agree that if any of the passengers truly feel the
need to sue, the $5,000 check will fall well short of what they'll
seek in court.
by Gregory Lam)