Monday 24 June 2019

Man (80) who fractured leg on cruise settles €60,000 case

Anthony Harris (80) arrives at court in Dublin yesterday. Picture: Collins
Anthony Harris (80) arrives at court in Dublin yesterday. Picture: Collins

Ray Managh

An 80-year-old Dubliner 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.

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.

In September 2015, Mr Harris and his wife had booked an 11-night €2,000-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 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 between the two sides 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 between the parties.

MSC Cruises is part of the Mediterranean Shipping Company which has 17 cruise liners currently sailing the world.

Irish Independent

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