Thursday, August 11, 2005

No Class Action

Miracles aren't enough for the passengers of the Air France flight that crashed in Toronto last week; they want money, too:

Survivors of an Air France flight that skidded off a runway and burst into flames say they are entitled to further compensation from the airline because of the trauma they suffered, and deny that being part a class-action lawsuit is simply a cash grab.

"We are very thankful to have survived that, but we need to know why it happened, should it have happened, and what are they going to do compensate us," said Veronique Lacaille of Aurora, Ont., at an information meeting Wednesday on one of two multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuits filed against the airline.

"We have nightmares, we don't sleep well, we have back pains."


Lacaille, who was among the dozens of passengers and relatives who attended the meeting to consider joining the $325-million lawsuit filed by law firm Will Barristers, said her whole family suffered physically and mentally from the incident.

"I hope nobody will go through that because we lost everything," said Lacaille, a mother of two.

"It's not only the material stuff, but it's now going to be scary to get back on a plane."

Everyone knows the risks of air travel and voluntarily assumes them when they board a plane. The air and ground rescue crews acted with incredible efficiency and speed to get everybody off the plane alive.

Lost luggage and some lost sleep is not too high a price to pay to get out of a plane crash unscathed.

The injured plaintiffs have a legitimate case, because they have genuine pain and suffering and lost income to worry about. Everyone else here might just be getting greedy.

Source: National Post

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