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Girl (4) awarded €7k after leg scalded on flight

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD child whose left leg was scalded by a spillage of tea on an Aer Lingus flight, has been awarded €7,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Cormac MacNamara told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery that Sophie Gorman was asleep in her mother's lap when the incident occurred.

He said mum Selene Gorman had been nursing her daughter on a London to Dublin flight on June 30, 2011 when a stewardess attempted to place a cup of tea before her on the seat table.

Mr MacNamara said the tea had spilled over Sophie's legs and she had suffered first- degree burns.

Sophie had received first-aid on the plane and had again been treated at Dublin Airport on arrival.

He said Ms Gorman, of Woodstown Heath, Woodstown Village, Knocklyon, Dublin, had daily treated her daughter's burns with antibiotic cream prescribed by her GP.

Sophie had burn marks for several months before fully healing and had been left with a small skin pigmentation.

Mr MacNamara said Aer Lingus had agreed a settlement figure of €7,000. Judge Deery approved the settlement.

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