Friday 28 October 2016

Pensioner sues DAA over fall on Dublin Airport escalator

Published 28/04/2015 | 17:37

Elizabeth Lavin Pic: Courts Collins
Elizabeth Lavin Pic: Courts Collins

A pensioner who fell on an escalator at Dublin Airport and hurt her head, hip and shoulder has brought a High Court action for damages.

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Elizabeth Lavin, (69), who was due to fly out to Manchester, had checked in and was holding her boarding pass while pulling a small bag on wheels when the accident happened.

Mr Justice Michael Hanna was told she was on the up escalator at Terminal 2 when she fell forward on her face.

Ms Lavin, Blackhall, Calverstown, Kilcullen, Co Kildare has sued Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) as a result of the fall on November 2, 2011.

She claims there was an alleged failure to take reasonable care  for her safety and that she was permitted to use the escalator when the DAA knew, or ought ot have known, it was unsafe and dangerous for her to do so as she had baggage.

She has further contended there was alleged negligence on the part of the DAA by designing or laying out the terminal so that, for persons carrying baggage,  the escalator presented the only real practical access to the next floor.

All the claims are denied.

Ms Lavin said after the fall she was taken by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital and was treated for a wound to her head and other minor lacerations.

She was later referred to an orthopaedic surgeon  because it is claimed  she had pain in her head, arm, hip and knee.

It is claimed she had to take six painkillers a day for pain and found it difficult to do household activities.

It is also claimed she  has been left with six scars on the right side of her face and a small scar on her upper lip.

The case continues.

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