Friday 15 December 2017

Child scalded by tea on Aer Lingus flight awarded €7k in damages

Sophie Gorman's mother Selene leaving the Circuit Civil Court
Sophie Gorman's mother Selene leaving the Circuit Civil Court

Ray Managh

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD child whose left leg was scalded by a spillage of tea on an Aer Lingus flight, has been awarded €7,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Cormac MacNamara told Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery, that little Sophie Gorman was asleep in her mother’s lap when the incident occurred.

He said Ms Selene Gorman had been nursing her daughter on a London to Dublin flight on June 30th, 2011 when a stewardess attempted to place a cup of tea before her on the seat table.

Mr MacNamara said the tea had spilled over Sophie’s legs and she had suffered first degree burns. Sophie had received First Aid on the plane and had again been treated at Dublin Airport on arrival.

He said Ms Gorman, of Woodstown Heath, Woodstown Village, Knocklyon, Dublin, had daily treated her daughter’s burns with antibiotic cream prescribed by her GP.

Sophie had burn marks for several months before fully healing and had been left with a small skin pigmentation.

Mr MacNamara said Sophie was approaching five at the time of the accident and would be aged six in August next.

He 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 were happy to recommend approval of the settlement to the court.

He told Judge Deery that Ms Gorman, who had sued Aer Lingus on behalf of her daughter, was anxious that the matter be resolved and that Sophie, who was not in court, should not have to experience any legal issues in a court case.

Judge Deery approved the settlement.

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