Man suing Southwest Airlines after carry-on bag fell on him

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Shifting bags in overhead bins are always a safety concern for airline passengers. But the problems usually occur after take-off.

A man is suing Southwest Airlines for $49,000 after suffering a compressed disc when a piece of luggage fell on him while boarding a flight to Las Vegas, according to FOX News.

According to the lawsuit, Jeffery Reinhardt was on a Southwest plane at Portland International Airport on Jan. 17, 2013 when another passenger tried to fit a piece of luggage into the bin above him. When a flight attendant tried to assist the passenger, a piece of baggage fell on Reinhardt who was already sitting down.

After the incident, Reinhardt claims he suffered several medical issues including a compressed disc.

The lawsuit faults Southwest for allowing a passenger to carry a piece of luggage that was too large to fit in an overhead bin, and failing to train flight attendants properly for dealing with overstuffed bins.

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