Canadian Seeks $500,000 in Damages, Trial Expected Next
We all knew it was going to happen. The first lawsuit has been
filed against Andrew Speaker for drug-resistant tuberculosis
Speaker is the Atalnta lawyer who caused an international health
scare in May when he continued with his transatlantic travel plans
for his wedding, despite a tuberculosis diagnosis. He has since
been found to be infected with a far less dangerous form of the
disease than originally thought, as ANN reported.
Nissram Tabri, 26, from Canada, is seeking $500,000 in damages
for himself and seven other passengers who had been seated near
Speaker on a flight from Prague to Montreal, The Montreal Gazette
Tabri says he felt "hopeless and violated" when he learned of
the exposure, according to United Press International.
"He deliberately got on this plane, endangered our lives and
this is a very selfish and reckless behavior that deserves to be
punished," he said.
According to Anlac Nguyen, Tabri's attorney, his client has
tested negative so far, but will have to undergo further testing to
confirm he is not a carrier.
Nguyen says he does not expect a trial until at least next
Speaker has said all along US doctors never advised him against
Speaker's itinerary included flights on: Air France flight 385
to Paris on May 12; Air France flight 1232 to Athens, Greece, on
May 14; Olympic Air flight 560 to Thira Island, Greece, on May 16;
Olympic Air flight 655 to Athens on May 21; Olympic Air flight 239
to Rome on May 21; Czech Airlines flight 727 to Prague, Czech
Republic, on May 24; and Czech Airlines flight 0104 to Montreal,
Canada on May 24.
From his hospital in Denver, Speaker said he was concentrating
on recovery rather than possible legal action, according to the
"Right now I want to worry about my treatment and get home," he
said. "I do hope that no one contracted this."