I don't mean this to sound rude, but on what pretence does anyone have a reason to sue????
The usual: physical and emotional pain, "loss of joy with loved ones". All that crap that has come to typify what has become a loathsome profession.
Want an example? About 7 or 8 years ago a US flight from CLT
was on approach at Hopkins. The f/o noticed that the nosegear landing light was not showing locked. They requested a fly-by of the tower-in fact they flew by twice, and the tower visually confirmed that the gear looked down and locked. On final, the captian told everyone, as a precaution, to assume the position for a crash landing. The plane landed safely.
A few weeks later, US was slapped with a multi-million dollar suit, claiming some of the above reasons. Basically, they were sued because it scared some people. I don't think it came to anything, because the law firm involved illegally used the names of some of the passengers who said they had no intention of suing USAir.
But there is a precedent on this case with CO
was successfully sued and had to pay damages because of a clear-air turbulence incident a few years ago. A horrible precedent set by that jury, proving once again that many juries are incompetent any more.