If you could sue an airline just because you hurt your back inflight I think we’d have seen a whole lot more lawsuits since the introduction of ‘slimline’ seats that have less padding, and so take up less space, and allow airlines to squeeze seats in closer together.
One man though says he hurt his back when his United flight diverted to Goose Bay, Canada in October and he’s been having “horrible plane crash nightmares” ever since.
United Airlines Chicago O’Hare
He reports that he was on board United flight UA931 from Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow when the Boeing 767 “had to deal with a shattered windshield at 40,000 feet.” Though the airline initially told him the cause of the issue was a bird strike, they descended quickly and made their way to the ground and according to the pilots,
[I]t was most likely caused by a mechanic over-tightening windshield bolts. They also admitted 2 of 3 layers of the glass were destroyed and they were nearly sucked out of the cockpit.
With all of the Boeing 757s that United has flown to Europe over the years, and Continental before it, they were long known to operate focus cities in Goose Bay and Gander. You almost expect to land there headed Westbound, but not Eastbound on a 767.
The issue here though is an aching back and bad dreams, and I get those every time I board United or American Airlines in coach. That just doesn’t seem actionable to me.