Ryanair in €50,000 settlement with child injured on plane

Tuesday 10 December 2013 22.47
The High Court heard that the case had been settled
The High Court heard that the case had been settled

Ryanair has agreed to pay €50,000 to a child who was injured when a piece of luggage fell out of an overhead locker on a flight three years ago.

Klaudia Adamczyk suffered a fracture to the right side of the base of her skull.

The injury occurred when a piece of luggage, which had allegedly been forced into the overhead bin earlier by a member of the cabin crew, tumbled out when a passenger opened the locker on landing.

The High Court today heard that the case had been settled.

Ryanair had denied the claim.

Approving the €50,000 settlement, Ms Justice Mary Irvine said it must have been a distressing experience for the young girl, who was eight years old at the time.

Senior Counsel Gerry Danaher told the court that Klaudia had been flying with her mother from Wroclaw to East Midlands Airport in the UK on 24 September 2010, and the plane had landed when the accident occurred.

Counsel said the case had been brought in Ireland because the airline was from Ireland and has its principal base of business here.

Counsel said the child was upset at the time but her mother sought medical attention about ten days later when she saw blood in the girl’s ear.

The fracture was discovered and confirmed by a CT scan.

Following hospital treatment, Klaudia could not take part in physical activity for six months on the instructions of her doctors.

She had sued the airline through her mother Betya Adamczyk of Bielany, Wroclawskie, Wroclaw.

It was claimed when the overhead bin was opened a piece of luggage that had been forced into the bin previously by a member of the Ryanair cabin crew fell out and hit Klaudia on the head.

It was further claimed Ryanair was negligent in failing to exercise due diligence when loading and unloading the overhead bins and failing to ensure the safety of its passengers when preparing to disembark the aircraft.

A medical examination last year noted Klaudia suffered from headaches.