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Aircraft loader 'scarred for life after luggage incident' settles €38k damages claim against Aer Lingus

Saurya Cherfi

Published 18/06/2015 | 13:20

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An aircraft loader, who will be scarred for life after he injured his left shin while loading a Special Olympics flight to Athens, has settled a €38,000 damages claim against Aer Lingus. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed in court.

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Stephen McGuirk (46) claimed in the Circuit Civil Court that he had been handling luggage at Dublin Airport in June 2011 when he slipped, cutting his shin.

McGuirk, of Belfry House, The Oaks, Ridgewood, Swords, Co Dublin, had felt dizzy and lightheaded.

He had been taken by ambulance to the Emergency Department of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, where his wound was stitched under anaesthetic.

He had needed to go back to hospital ten days later to have his dressings changed. McGuirk claimed his wound had later become infected and he had needed to take several courses of antibiotics.

McGuirk, who was out of work for a month, claimed that the wound had left a permanent scar on his shin. He sued Aer Lingus Group Plc, for negligence and breach of duty. 

He alleged Aer Lingus had failed to provide him with a pouch to carry a scanner which he had needed to hold in his right hand while loading 'heavy' baggage bins.

Aer Lingus had entered a full defence to McGuirk’s claim, denying liability and alleging that he had failed to follow procedures while loading the luggage. The company claimed McGuirk had been guilty of contributory negligence.

Barrister Conor Keogh, who appeared with solicitors Gaughran & Co, today told the court that following talks between the parties his client’s claim had settled.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke struck out the case and made no further order.

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