The family of a female passenger who died on board an American Airlines flight in 2016 have spoken out about their recently-filed wrongful death suit. 25-year-old Brittany Oswell fell ill about three hours into a seven-hour flight from Honolulu to Dallas in April 2016 and, when the advice of an on-board private doctor was allegedly ignored, she stopped breathing over an hour before the flight arrived in Dallas, and was shortly afterwards declared brain dead at Baylor Medical Center. Oswell’s parents and husband have brought the wrongful death suit against the airline, stating that the pilot’s refusal to divert the flight when a doctor advised that a passenger was seriously ill and needed urgent medical attention, and lack of functioning medical equipment on board, led to the death of the young woman.
Brittany Oswell’s family are seeking damages for the wrongful death, as well as changes to the training and protocol following in emergency situations which may arise mid-flight.
American Airlines have yet to respond to the claims.
The death of a loved one is never easy, and the grief and emotional turmoil may be compounded when their death was preventable and could have been avoided had another person acted in a more responsible manner. Aside from the loss of companionship and your relationship with your loved one, the death of the main breadwinner could leave your family facing significant financial hardship.
Through working with an experienced Hawaii wrongful death attorney, eligible family members could recover damages and compensation intended to ease the financial burden.
Legislation relating to wrongful death compensation claims strictly outlines the relationships which qualify you to file a suit, which, in brief, including the spouse, parents, and children of the deceased. If you believe you may be eligible to file a suit, speak to a Hawaii wrongful death attorney today.
When you speak to an expert Hawaii wrongful death attorney about your potential lawsuit, they will begin by ascertaining that you are a member of one of the qualifying groups of family members. Providing you satisfy the eligibility criteria, your Hawaii wrongful death attorney could seek damages in respect of each of the following:
Before filing a wrongful death suit on your behalf, your personal injury lawyer must also be able to prove that: