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Alaska Airlines faces lawsuit for woman's death

Alaska Airlines has found itself the center of a lawsuit after a woman died while leaving the airline's terminal. According to the news from Jan. 1, a woman died after falling from an escalator at Portland International Airport. The 75-year-old woman had been traveling with Alaska Airlines and was supposed to receive wheelchair assistance when she landed in Portland.

That didn't happen, though, as video footage shows. Instead, the video shows the woman walking alone before she fell head-first down an escalator. She survived the incident initially with several severe injuries, but one became infected and required doctors to remove her leg below the knee. The next day, she passed away.

The family claims that she was given assistance when leaving the plane and helped into a wheelchair, but then she was left alone. She allegedly became confused before falling. The family believes that the escort service should have been present and could have prevented the woman's untimely death.

The airline has a different take on events, claiming that the woman declined ongoing assistance. The airline stated that she continued on her own to her next connecting flight and didn't appear to have any auditory issues and was not visually or cognitively impaired despite the family's request.

In situations like this, it's important to have documentation of requests and the steps taken to keep someone safe. If a business is negligent and it leads to a loved one's death, it's possible that you may be able to obtain compensation for your loved one's death and the losses you face.

Source: FlyerTalk, "Alaska Airlines Sued for Wrongful Death," Jennifer Billock, Jan. 01, 2018

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