Injured Emory law librarian sues Delta

An Emory University law librarian is suing Delta Air Lines, claiming she suffered permanent brain trauma when books and other items fell on her after a flight attendant opened an overhead bin two years ago.

Richelle Reid seeks at least $575,000 in damages in the suit, filed this week in Fulton County Superior Court. The librarian at Emory University School of Law’s MacMillan Law Library said she has had nearly $25,000 in medical expenses so far and lost income.

Reid referred calls to her lawyer, Atlanta attorney Donald Edwards, who could not be reached for comment.

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Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant said the airline had not been officially served with the suit and couldn’t comment on pending litigation.

According to the suit, Reid was traveling on Flight 1637 on June 5, 2011, when a flight attendant, identified in the suit as “Kathy Doe,” reached to get a blanket from an overhead bin for another passenger.

Several books, including a large textbook, and other items fell from the bin onto Reid’s head and neck, the suit says. The items belonged to her seatmate.

The suit says the flight attendant gave Reid an ice pack and Ibuprofen, and an injury and incident report was made. Reid said she sustained permanent brain trauma and suffers from headaches, muscle soreness to her neck and spasms.

Reid, who has a doctorate in library science, says she also suffers from short-term memory loss, difficulty in organizing tasks, drowsiness and blurred vision. She said she is receiving medical and psychological treatment and physical therapy.