€67,000 for flyer (80) hit by falling bag
An 80-year-old woman who suffered a life-changing experience when a piece of overhead luggage fell on her on a Ryanair plane has been awarded €67,000 damages.
Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that Phyllis Brady had been returning from Malaga in October 2015 and the plane had just landed at Dublin Airport.
A heavy bag had fallen on her when another passenger had opened the overhead locker.
The bag had struck Ms Brady on her face, neck and shoulder.
Liability had been conceded by Ryanair and the court was being asked to assess the amount of damages due to Ms Brady.
She told her counsel, Michael Byrne SC, that following the incident she had suffered pain to her right shoulder and temple. She said she had felt dizzy on her way to the medical officer in the airport.
Prior to this she had been very active and independent and said the incident had compromised her considerably.
Judge Groarke awarded her €35,000 damages for pain and suffering; €30,000 special damages and €2,366 for expenses. He said that prior to the accident Ms Brady, of Inishmann Road, Gaeltacht Park, Whitehall, Dublin 9, had an "extraordinarily active life".
He said that although Ms Brady was a very young 80 she had a difficult time in the last three-and-a-half years.
He said she remained optimistic and had done her best to get on with life.
Barrister Andrew Walker, for Ryanair, asked for a stay on order on the basis that €35,000 be paid out.
The judge said Ryanair was entitled to a stay and directed Ms Brady, in the meantime, be paid €45,000.