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Attorney for United Airlines passenger Dao says there will 'probably' be a lawsuit

  • An attorney for Dr. David Dao, the passenger at the center of the United Airlines incident, said that there will likely be a lawsuit as a result of the incident.
  • Dao filed a "bill of discovery" on Wednesday in order to preserve evidence documenting the incident.
  • The CEO of United said the company will conduct a "thorough review" of the situation and its policies.

An attorney for Dr. David Dao, the passenger at the center of the United Airlines incident, said that there will likely be a lawsuit as a result of the incident.

"I think corporate America needs to understand that we all want to be treated in the same manner with the same respect and the same dignity that they would treat their own family members. If they do that, wouldn't it be great? So, will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, probably," attorney Thomas Demetrio said during a press conference on Thursday.

Dao filed a "bill of discovery" on Wednesday in order to preserve evidence documenting the incident.

However, winning a lawsuit may prove difficult for Dao, said Kenneth Quinn of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw law firm.

Crystal Dao Pepper, daughter of Dr. David Dao, speaks during a news conference at Union League Club in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. April 13, 2017.
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Crystal Dao Pepper, daughter of Dr. David Dao, speaks during a news conference at Union League Club in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. April 13, 2017.

"I think United is likely to be found on legally solid ground, but has already lost in the court of public opinion, and will pay dearly for it," Quinn said according to Reuters, noting that Dao could still get a substantial settlement from the airline.

Video surfaced of Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American doctor, being dragged off an overbooked United flight in Chicago, causing outrage across social media.

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz issued an apology on Tuesday, saying, "I want you to know that we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right."

Following the press conference on Thursday, United issued another statement, saying, "We continue to express our sincerest apology to Dr. Dao. We cannot stress enough that we remain steadfast in our commitment to make this right."

The CEO said the company will conduct a "thorough review" of the situation and its policies.

"United CEO Oscar Munoz and the company called Dr. Dao on numerous occasions to express our heartfelt and deepest apologies," United said in the statement.

President Donald Trump called the situation "horrible" on Wednesday according to The Wall Street Journal.

Please check back for updates. This is a developing story.

— Reuters contributed to this report.