Lawyer: Dragged Passenger 'Poster Child' for Airline Abuses
Apr 15 2017
Although some scorpion bites can be fatal, Bell was found to be in a normal state of health when the first aid team meet him upon landing. He then dropped the arachnid onto his plate and tried to grab it by its tail when it stung his finger.
The airline also said all passengers on the flight would get a refund.
A nurse, who was traveling on the United Airlines flight, gave Bell a painkiller, Demerol, as a precaution while the flight crew consulted with a MedLink physician on the ground for guidance. The crew was needed in Louisville to operate a later flight.
United Airlines' week from hell has the entire airline industry reevaluating how carriers handled overbooked flights-including how much passengers should be compensated if they're bumped.
Bell was transported to a hospital where medical staff stated that he should be okay.
He added that he "suspect [s] they haven't reached out to me because they reached out to him, and he probably doesn't know what the heck they are talking about because he slept through the whole thing".
The move comes one day after attorneys for Dr. David Dao said the Kentucky man, who was dragged from the United Express flight, suffered a significant concussion, broken nose and lost his two front teeth in the ordeal.
A Canadian man was reportedly stung by a scorpion on board a United Airlines flight.The US-based airlines faced a backlash this week after a passenger was violently dragged off one of its overbooked flights on Sunday. He now has to undergo reconstructive surgery.
"It took something like this to get a conversation going", attorney Demetrio said. If it is more than two hours later - four hours if you're flying internationally - or if the airline doesn't make any substitute travel arrangements for you, you are entitled to FOUR times the cost of the one-way ticket, up to a $1350 maximum. We want respect and we want dignity.
Bell is now seeking compensation from the United Airlines for his scorpion sting ordeal, and he says that he will accept travel credit. Bell said that it might have been hiding inside a guitar case, which was brought on board by travelers who had recently visited South America. When no one voluntarily came forward, United selected four passengers at random.