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American Airlines attendant allegedly blinded by falling laptop sues Boeing

Federal Court

By Marian Johns | Oct 9, 2019

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PHILADELPHIA — An American Airlines attendant based in Philadelphia who allegedly lost use of one eye when an overhead bin she was attempting to unlatch flew open and a laptop struck her alleges The Boeing Co. is liable for her injuries. 

According to the Sept. 25 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania filing, plaintiff Timyka Bolden filed a suit against the defendants The Boeing Co. and Boeing Commercial Airplanes alleging strict liability and negligence. 

In December 2018, while at O'Hare Airport, Bolden alleges she unlatched an overhead bin in a plane's first class cabin when it suddenly flew open, causing a stowed laptop to strike her in her left eye. She alleges the injury caused the loss of use of that eye and blindness.

"Prior to the time of plaintiff's accident, defendants knew or should have known that the subject overhead bin was not safe for its intended use and posed a safety issue to members of the public in general and plaintiff in particular," Bolden's complaint states. "(P)laintiff was using the overhead bin in the manner it was intended to be used and the accident was due in no manner to any act or failure to act on the part of plaintiff."

Bolden argues that Boeing's manufacturing, design, assembling and installing of the bid and its parts "were unreasonably dangerous at the time of its original manufacture and sale."

Bolden seeks compensatory damages litigation costs. She is represented by Howard Levin and Beth Adamski of Levin Adamski in Philadelphia.

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