Monday 23 July 2018

Elderly man who fractured leg on €2,000 cruise settles personal injury claim

Anthony Harris, 80yrs, of Dunard Walk, Navan Road, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts after a Circuit Civil Court action Photo: Collins Courts
Anthony Harris, 80yrs, of Dunard Walk, Navan Road, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts after a Circuit Civil Court action Photo: Collins Courts

Ray Managh

An 80-year-old Dublin man, who fell and fractured his leg while on a Mediterranean cruise, has settled a €60,000 damages claim against MCS Cruises Limited for an undisclosed sum.

In a claim before the Circuit Civil Court Anthony Harris, of Dunard Walk, Navan Road, Dublin, alleged he had just disembarked from the cruise liner Fantasia when he tripped and fell on a dangerous and uneven cobbled surface while walking towards Customs.

The accident had happened after the Fantasia berthed at Haifa, in Israel on February 26 2016 and he had gone back on the cruise ship for treatment by the ship’s doctor as he had not wanted to attend hospital abroad. His leg had been X-rayed and he had been prescribed a course of paracetamol.

When he had returned home he had been treated by Mr Keith Synnott, consultant orthopaedic and spinal surgeon, for a fracture of his right leg,

Mr Harris and his wife had in September 2015 booked an 11-night €2000-plus cruise of the Greek Isles and Israel from February 21 until March 3 with Travel Escapes, The Hyde Building, The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin.

Mr Harris sued the MSC Cruises Limited, of Roundwood Avenue, Uxbridge, England, on the grounds of breach of contract and for negligence as a consumer under the General Sale of Goods and Supply Services Act 1998.

Barrister Abdulla Morgan Kamber, who appeared with John Synnott Solicitors for Mr Harris, told Judge Terence O’Sullivan when the case was called that there were ongoing talks in the case and asked for time.  Following  negotiations with barrister Aaron Shearer, who appeared with Anne Dolan and Co Solicitors for MCS Cruises, Mr Morgan Kamber told the court the case had been settled.

Judge O’Sullivan adjourned the case for mention in four weeks to facilitate completion of the undisclosed settlement.

MSC Cruises is part of the Mediterranean Shipping company which has 17 cruise liners sailing the world’s oceans including three new ships recently added to the fleet.

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