Baum Hedlund Reaches Final Asiana Crash Settlement

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Oakland, California - Sept. 21, 2017 - - The last personal injury claim stemming from the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash resolved today just hours before the trial was scheduled to begin in Oakland, California. Asiana Airlines and passenger Kyung Rhan Rha, a Bay Area dental surgeon, reached a confidential settlement late Thursday afternoon according to Rha's attorney, Ronald L.M. Goldman of the law firm Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman.

"After a long legal battle, we are pleased to say that the parties have been able to reach a confidential settlement," Goldman told the media late Thursday. "The trial is off calendar."

Dr RhaDr. Rha filed suit against Asiana Airlines for injuries she suffered in the July 6, 2013, crash at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Of the 307 people aboard the flight, three were killed and 187 others sustained injuries. Dr. Rha and her daughter, who was 14 at the time of the crash, were among those injured.

The Boeing 777 aircraft, operating as Asiana Airlines Flight 214, was finishing a long haul flight from Seoul, South Korea when the plane's landing gear and tail section struck a sea wall just short of the main runway at SFO. The plane caromed off the ground and spun perpendicular onto the runway before coming to a stop. The passengers and flight crew were forced to quickly evacuate the aircraft using the emergency slides as smoke billowed from the engines.

After a lengthy investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded the air crew was to blame for the crash. Dozens of people aboard the ill-fated flight filed claims against Asiana and Boeing. Nearly all of the claims resolved out of court for confidential amounts. Dr. Rha's case was the last Asiana crash settlement and the closest to reaching a courtroom.

According to the complaint, Dr. Rha suffered a severe injury to her right arm while trying to protect her daughter, who was seated next to her when the crash occurred. To this day, the injury prevents her from grasping the surgical tools she uses as a prosthodontist, an oral surgeon that handles facial and dental problems that involve the restoration of missing tooth and jaw structures.

Asiana Airlines disputed the severity of Dr. Rha's injury claims. However, the dispute did not stop both sides from coming to an agreement hours before jury selection for the trial was scheduled to begin.

Asiana previously accepted legal liability for compensatory damages arising from the crash under the applicable law, so jurors deciding the case would not have determined fault. Instead, the jurors would have determined the amount of compensatory damages awarded to Dr. Rha.

The case wa s captioned Kyung Rhan Rha v. Asiana Airlines, Inc. and The Boeing Company, Case No. 14-cv-01486 YGR.

Attorneys Ronald L.M. Goldman, A. Ilyas Akbari and William Crawford Appleby of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman represented Dr. Rha in her case.

About Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman

Baum Hedlund is representing passenger Dr. Kyung Rhan Rha in a suit filed against Asiana Airlines. Known for its dedication to clients and success in complex cases, the firm has successfully recovered over $1.5 billion in wrongful death and personal injury claims stemming from commercial transportation accidents and defective pharmaceutical products *.

The aviation attorneys at Baum Hedlund have litigated against some of the largest airlines in the world, including American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Aero Mexico, China Eastern Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, SwissAir, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and US Airways, among many others.

In over 40 years of aviation law practice, Baum Hedlund has represented more than 650 air crash victims and their families. We are supportive of our clients' personal and emotional needs in the wake of aviation disasters, and have built a reputation for being relentless in our legal representation-fighting for truth, justice and accountability.*Past results are not a guarantee of future outcomes.