Dan Harkins Jul. 22, 2015, 1:36pm

An airline passenger is suing United Airlines, alleging she was injured while helping to close an overhead bin to prevent luggage from falling during an overseas flight.

Melissa Lynn filed a lawsuit July 15 in Cook County Circuit Court against United.

According to the complaint, on July 19, 2013, while Lynn was a passenger aboard a United flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, she spotted an overhead bin that was unsecured. The suit says, because the plane was nearing its destination and Lynn couldn't get any flight attendant to close the bin, she stood and, while attempting to close the bin, was jostled when the plane encountered turbulence and her "arm, shoulder and neck" were "wrenched."

The suit says as a result of the accident, Lynn sustained injuries, pain and suffering, loss of a normal life, medical expenses and loss of income.

Lynn seeks damages in excess of the court's minimum jurisdictional limit, plus costs. She is represented by attorney Brian LaCien of Power Rogers & Smith in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2015L007167.

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