Southwest Airlines sued over passenger's injuries in May '09 incident

Kathy Woods May 14, 2010, 5:20am

Southwest Airlines and U.S. Aviation Underwriters are being sued over injuries allegedly suffered by a passenger after landing gear malfunctioned, blowing tires and catching fire on a flight from New Orleans to Houston on May 12, 2009.

JoDonna Dupuy of Jefferson Parish is suing individually and on behalf of her minor granddaughter, who allegedly suffered multiple bruises, contusions and abrasions of both arms, legs, head, neck, chest, abdomen, hips and back, along with hematomas, soft tissue injuries and severe and permanent internal injuries.

The complaint filed May 11 in Orleans Parish District Court alleges that during the flight, the plane's landing gear malfunctioned throwing passengers about in the plane.

Dupuy alleges that the injuries were a result from the gross and wanton negligence of Southwest's failure to warn of dangerous conditions existing on the plane, allowing the dangerous condition to remain for an unreasonably long time and failing to exercise due care and caution.

She is being represented by Brian G. Birdsall of New Orleans.

Case number 10-4804

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