Mum sues tour operator over fall in hotel bathroom
A WOMAN who claims she was left with long-term back and neck pain after allegedly slipping in a hotel bathroom while on holiday is suing the package tour operators.
Rita Byrne (52), who lived in Idrone Close, Knocklyon, Dublin, before moving to Spain last year, claims Panorama Holiday Group was negligent in not ensuring there was a mat or other safety features in the bath.
Ms Byrne, a mother of two and a former human resources manager with Superquinn, claimed she was unable to work as a result of the accident on January 13, 2003, while on a holiday with her husband, John, and two relatives in Belosol Aparthotel, Funchal, Madeira.
Panorama denies her claims.
In evidence yesterday, Ms Byrne said when she was about to get into the bath to take a shower, the accident occurred. "I had just left my left leg in and within a nano-second, I felt like I was lassoed into the air."
She said she fell into the bath and came down on her left side with a thud. She said when her husband and sister-in-law told the hotel receptionist and a Panorama representative about the incident, she saw bath mats being handed out.
She said she spent a "nightmare night" in hospital before being told to take plenty of painkillers and go home to Ireland. The case continues next week.