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Barry Zimmerman

United Airlines Incident

In this column I will present monthly legal updates important for people who have suffered serious personal injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence.

We are all familiar with the outrageous treatment of the United Airlines Passenger who was recently dragged off of his flight. The first important decision this unfortunate person did was to retain an attorney. One of the first moves made by counsel was a written request that the airline preserve all electronically stored information (also known as “ESI”) relevant to the incident in question.

Under both Federal and State laws, protections exist for preventing the destruction of electronically stored information. Retaining an attorney at the earliest stages of your case helps protect against the destruction of valuable evidence in your case. This evidence may consist of video surveillance, meta data which reveal the history for files, clues within the hard drives of computers regarding the history of documents, original drafts of records from word documents to medical record files, black boxes for vehicles, and other valuable information that may make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful case.

If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic injury that was caused by someone else’s carelessness, contact me at the earliest opportunity to ensure that critical evidence in your case is not lost or destroyed.