Dr David Dao, a 69-year-old Vietnamese-American doctor, was hospitalised after Chicago aviation police dragged him from the plane as the airline attempted to make space on the flight.
The doctor, who has hired a lawyer, is expected to launch a lawsuit against United Airlines after footage of the incident provoked international outrage.
Lawyer Thomas Demetrio confirmed Dr Dao was discharged from hospital on Wednesday night and suffered significant injuries in the fracas.
He had a serious broken nose, injury to the sinuses and he is going to be undergoing shortly reconstructive surgery
Lawyer Thomas Demetrio
He said: “He did suffer a significant concussion as a result of disembarking that plane.
“I can also tell you that he had a serious broken nose, injury to the sinuses and he is going to be undergoing shortly reconstructive surgery in that regard.
“He lost two front teeth. Concussions are an iffy condition. I don’t know, ultimately long-term hopefully there will not be any significant repercussions because of that but he is shaken.”
Mr Demetrio added the extent of the emotional and mental injuries to Dr Dao are unknown at this stage.
He added Dr Dao, who left Vietnam by boat in 1975 when Saigon fell, found the plane experience more traumatising than leaving Vietnam.
Mr Demetrio said: “He said being dragged down the aisle was more horrifying and terrifying than what he experience leaving Vietnam.”
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United Airlines passenger Dr David Dao is expected to sue after being dragged off a plane
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Dr David Dao suffered a broken nose and lost two front teeth
Dr Dao’s daughter Crystal also addressed reporters saying the entire Dao family has been left shaken by the incident.
Video of the incident taken by other passengers showed Dr Dao being dragged up the plane aisle with a bloodied mouth.
She said: “We were completely horrified and shocked. Seeing it on video made those emotions exacerbated. My dad is healing right now.”
Mr Demetrio said United Airlines should now have allowed the altercation with Dr Dao to take place.
Lawyer Thomas Demetrio confirmed Dr Dao was discharged from hospital on Wednesday night
Dr Dao's daughter said the family was horrified by the incident
The attorney and his team have filed an emergency request with an Illinois state court to require United Continental Holdings Inc and the City of Chicago to preserve video recordings and other evidence related to Sunday's incident.
He said: “Will there be a lawsuit? Yeah, probably. We have taken steps to preserve and protect certain evidence we will need down the line. It is not a matter of just throwing up the video in front of a jury and seeing who wins. Dr Dao has come to understand he is the guy to stand up for passengers going forward.”
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United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz apologised to Dr Dao, his family and United customers in an ABC News interview, saying the company would no longer use law enforcement officers to remove passengers from overbooked flights.
The incident took place on a flight from Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky.
United Airlines shares have lost about one per cent of their value since Monday with threats to boycott the airline.
Chicago's Aviation Department says two more officers had been placed on leave in connection with the incident. One officer was placed on leave on Tuesday.