If you are injured in an accident in a public place. You may well be entitled to compensation for negligence damages caused by the negligence of the organisation in charge of the accident place. In a significant recent lawsuit a middle aged woman received 32 thousand euros for an injury to her brow at Dublin airport.
The woman was struck by a small piece of broken glass, spraying out from a shattering champagne bottle. The site of the accident was Dublin airport and the neglectful organisation was Dublin Airport authority. The legal team for the defendants argued that the incident was unforeseeable and that they had taken every reasonable precaution to eliminate the risk. The judge in a civil court disagreed and awarded the plaintiff damages according to her pain and suffering and costs related to the injury.
The circumstances in detail are as follows: The 47 year old woman, employed as a civil servant was doing duty free shopping at the ‘Loop’ mall, with several friends at Dublin airport. It was the 20th September 2 years ago.The lady and her companions were en route to a four day break in Madrid. The woman and an employee of the shop were standing near a tower display of champagne when a passerby bumped the display.
The judge in the case took the view that it was reasonable for the airport authority to foresee the danger. The passerby had an over-shoulder computer bag that inadvertently struck the display. Bottles were toppled to the floor where one of them exploded. They were out of control, that should reasonably have been there. A shard of glass cut the plaintiff on her left eyebrow, narrowly, and only by mere chance, not doing more serious injury.The woman was given first aid in the airport. This was a matter of cleaning the cut and a few stitches by paramedics called to the scene.
She went to further expense, time and suffering at a hospital on her arrival in Madrid, where the injury was ‘glued’. 32 thousand euros for a one centimeter cut and subsequent scar. The judge took into account the psychological effect of the shocking accident. The woman, normally positive and optimistic, had been anxious throughout her vacation and still suffers bouts of anxiety for herself and her children because of the ‘out of the blue’ nature of the incident.
The lesson for anybody who suffers an accident in a public place is clear. Be proactive in pursuing a claim for compensation because it holds organisations to account for their safety responsibilities.