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Compensation of €25,000 for child scalded on flight

A Circuit Court judge approved compensation of €25,000 to a six-year-old girl who was injured during an Aer Lingus flight when she was scalded when a container of hot porridge fell on her during in-flight service.

The court heard that there was a delay by a cabin crew member in dealing with the injury. The child suffered scarring as a result of the accident. She suffered severe pain, shock, and distress at the time of the injury. She screamed hysterically after suffering severe burns at the top of her right leg and abdomen together with burns between two of her fingers. As her skin started to blister, her mother applied cold water over the injuries to ease the pain. The cabin crew provided burn gel and gauze to ease the pain of the child. When the plane landed, she was treated in a Swiss hospital. The court approved the offer of settlement by the airline.

Coffey v Aer Lingus Circuit Court  ex tempore January 2022

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