Child (4) scalded by tea on flight wins €7,000
A FOUR-YEAR-OLD whose left leg was scalded after tea spilled on it on an Aer Lingus flight has been awarded €7,000 damages.
Sophie Gorman was asleep in her mother's lap when the incident occurred, the Circuit Civil Court heard yesterday.
Selene Gorman was nursing her daughter on a London to Dublin flight on June 30, 2011, when a flight steward attempted to place a cup of tea before her on the seat table.
Barrister Cormac MacNamara said the tea spilled over Sophie's legs and she suffered first-degree burns.
Sophie received first aid on the plane and was also treated at Dublin Airport on arrival.
He said Ms Gorman, of Woodstown Heath, Woodstown Village, Knocklyon, Dublin 16, had treated the burns daily with cream prescribed by her GP.
Sophie had burn marks for several months before fully healing and was left with a small skin pigmentation.
Mr MacNamara said Aer Lingus had agreed a settlement figure of €7,000 and while he did not think liability was an issue, he and Ms Gorman was happy to recommend approval of the settlement to the court.
Mr Justice Matthew Deery approved the settlement.