RYANAIR’S MAKING AN injured air hostess pay for her flight home was not an aggravating factor in a €60,000 personal injury claim against the airline, a judge has ruled.
Judge Francis Comerford in the Circuit Civil Court awarded cabin crew member Laura Albacete, from Manelvidal, Vielha, Spain, €30,000 damages against Ryanair.
She was injured when she tumbled down the rear steps of a Boeing aircraft.
Samantha Cruess Callaghan, counsel for Albacete, told the court her client had fallen from the top to the bottom of an airstairs, operated hydraulically from the rear of the plane, on a wet morning at Cork Airport on 11 February 2012.
Cruess Callaghan, who appeared with Rose Sweeney of Coleman Legal Partners, said Albacete had struck her head and had been knocked unconscious for a brief period.
Albacete (28) said she had been taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where she was examined in the emergency department and found to have suffered a head injury and a sprained ankle.
She said that following treatment she had decided to fly home to Spain to recover and Ryanair had insisted on her paying for her airfare.
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