Sunday 4 December 2016

Cabin crew assistant who claimed she was injured when she slipped on a plastic bag on plane settles action for damages

Published 15/03/2016 | 17:52

Gabrielle McGovern is pictured leaving the Four Courts after she settled her High Court action for damages. Photo: Courts Collins
Gabrielle McGovern is pictured leaving the Four Courts after she settled her High Court action for damages. Photo: Courts Collins

A CABIN crew assistant who claimed she was injured when she slipped on a plastic rubbish bag on the floor of a plane has settled her High Court action for damages.

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Gabrielle McGovern claimed plastic bags of rubbish were kept on the floor of the 737 aircraft she was working on after security was increased on airlines and the bins on the plane were sealed.

“It was an issue for staff. We were moving the bags constantly,” she told Mr Justice Raymond Fullam.

Ms McGovern, Fortlawn Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin, sued Isle of Man company, Air Iom Ltd, and Air Contractors  (Ireland) Ltd of Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin, as a result of the accident on June 26, 2012.

She said she was on Dublin/Palma flight when she got up from where she had been doing paperwork when she slipped.

She said she fell forward on her left side injuring her shoulder and back area.

It was claimed she later had to have lumbar surgery.

In her action, she claimed she had significant pain and can't work since the accident.

She claimed there was an alleged faliure to ensure rubbish bags were properly secured, thereby presenting a slip hazard.

The defendants denied all the claims and contended there was contributory negligence.

The case opened Tuesday (March 15) but following talks, the court was told the case had been settled and could be struck out.

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