From travelindustrytoday, 30 JUL 2018: A Calgary woman was on a WestJet flight from Calgary to Phoenix when she slipped on water that had accumulated by the door as she stepped on the gangplank. Her foot was fractured and after two surgeries it had to be amputated. She is suing the airline and the airport authority.
Having just undergone surgery on her right foot Jaqueline Dyk waited for other passengers to disembark at the stopover in Vancouver.
She claims she was not provided with any assistance getting off the plane, though it’s not clear if she even requested help.
She lost her footing while stepping on the gangplank and rolling her right ankle.
After two surgeries her right foot became infected and was amputated.
Dyk has launched a $2.7 million lawsuit against WestJet and the Vancouver Airport Authority claiming pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life as well as lost income and costs of medical treatment.
WestJet has filed a statement of defence, denying fault and requesting that the lawsuit be dismissed. The Vancouver Airport Authority had not yet filed a statement of defence.
Alberta is also listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, seeking to recover more than $160,000 in medical expenses from the airline and airport authority.