Terry Williams was a veteran flight attendant for more than 17 years but on April 11, 2007, she saw something mysterious coming through the cabin looking like a “misty haze type of smoke”. Since then it has become known as the “fume event”. From that time on, Williams has fought a two year battle with chronic migraines, balance and vision problems, tremors and loss of memory.
Williams’ attorney has filed a product liability lawsuit against Boeing and McDonnell Douglas; aircraft manufacturers of the MD-82 aircraft that she was flying on. Her main criticism is that due to lack of on board filters and sensors, a major design flaw with the plane’s ventilation system, the toxins in the main cabin made her sick.
According the National Research Council, four out of every 1,000 flights have one of these “fume events”. Her symptoms are also consistent with neurotoxin exposure. This occurs when the engine oil seals leak and the engine fluid breakdowns and vaporizes in the cabin.
Are you working in a dangerous environment that is making you ill? Don’t wait two years to investigate. Call someone to learn what you were exposed to and how to remedy the situation. This event happens so frequently, I am surprised that it has not been the issue of litigation sooner. James Ballidis is an attorney with the firm of Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Lelsie Inc. in Southern California.