AN ELDERLY widow, who spent most of a sun holiday in her hotel bedroom after being injured when a sun lounger collapsed, has been awarded €38,000 damages.
Mary Lee (74) told the Circuit Civil Court that it happened when she was sitting by the pool of the four-star Hotel Galeazzi, near Brescia, in Italy.
The court was told that she sat on a foldable sun lounger and it collapsed in 2008.
Mrs Lee, of Clongill, Donaghpatrick, Navan, Co Meath, sued the travel agency. She said that she had struck her head on the concrete and was taken to hospital.
She told travel agency barrister Shane English that she sustained a severe tissue injury to her head, neck, shoulders and lower back.
Mr English said The Travel Department agency, of Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, denied liability and had brought the hotel into the proceedings as a third-party defendant.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane awarded the damages against the agency, which, she ruled, was entitled to be fully indemnified by the hotel for the €38,000 award and costs.