Saturday 17 February 2024

6 Yr. old girl burned and disfigured by plane hot meal.

UNITED BOEING 777-222ER N782UA (MSN 26946)

An Israeli couple, Michal and Ben Fefferman, say they are still fighting for compensation after their daughter was burnt on a flight.
They were flying with their daughter from Tel Aviv (TLV/LLBG) to Newark (EWR/KEWR) when a flight attendant handed the mother a meal tray. They alleged that the tray table in front of their daughter, identified only as ‘O.F.’, malfunctioned and allowed the hot meal to slide off the tray and onto her lap.

‘Although the meal tray should have provided a level surface so that food and drinks like the meal tray at issue could be placed on them safely, this particular tray table was defective, slanting downward toward the seat where O.F. sat,’ states their lawsuit against United Airlines.
‘The food contents on O.F.’s meal tray was unreasonably hot and caused O.F. to suffer severe burn injuries.’

The Feffermans are seeking a jury trial and medical care costs and compensatory damages over $175,000.

Flight attendants in the July 2022 incident failed to ‘provide adequate care, partly because United did not equip the aircraft used for the flight with reasonable medical supplies to treat burn injuries’, states the suit filed in US District Court in Chicago.

The girl endured ‘extreme discomfort’ for the rest of the 12-hour flight.

Her parents argue that the airline’s negligence caused O.F. to be ‘seriously injured’ and are demanding ‘past and future non-economic damages’. They said her injuries include scarring, discoloration, impairment, pain, neurological deficits, emotional distress, mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation and loss of ability to enjoy life.

United Airlines has declined to comment on pending litigation.

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