SAN FRANCISCO -- The first lawsuit on behalf of passengers aboard Asiana Flight 214 has been filed against the South Korean airline, and another group of passengers intends to file suit against the plane's manufacturer, Boeing.
Walnut Creek attorney Michael Verna filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco seeking no less than $5 million in damages against Asiana Airlines on behalf of Younga Jun Machorro, 41, and her 8-year-old son Benjamin Hyo-Ik Machorro, who were aboard the Boeing 777 when it crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.
Younga Jun Machorro suffered ligament and tendon damage to her neck and back, Verna told this newspaper. Her son suffered back injuries.
Both experienced "not insignificant soft-tissue injuries that are still disabling," Verna said. She cannot return to her job as a foreign language instructor, he said.
"She can't drive, she can't sit, she can't stand," Verna said. "They want accountability held."
In Chicago, a petition beginning a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 83 passengers against Boeing, which is headquartered in Chicago, according to the Los Angeles Times. Attorneys told the Times that papers will be filed in the coming days against Asiana and component part manufacturers.
Asiana and Boeing declined to comment Tuesday.
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