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Sunday 17 December 2017

OAP (82) sues over escalator fall in station

AN 82-YEAR-old woman fell on an escalator in a train station after having to get out of her wheelchair because a lift was out of order, the High Court has been told.

It was claimed yesterday that Christina Flood suffered rib fractures and a collapsed lung in the fall at Connolly Station in Dublin after her son helped her on to the escalator.

Mrs Flood (now 84), of Foley Street, Dublin is suing Irish Rail through her son Paul Flood as a result of the fall on October 2, 2012.

It was claimed she was left with no option but to attempt to use the escalator.

It was also claimed there was a failure to provide Mrs Flood with a safe means of access to the train station.

There has been a marked deterioration in the quality of her life along with her ability to socialise and mobilise since the accident, the court was told.Irish Rail deny all the claims.

In evidence, Mr Flood said when he saw the lift was out of order, he waved to the CCTV cameras to attract attention.

"I was waving at the cameras. My mother was in a panic because she wanted to get to the bathroom," he said.

He said his mother managed to get on the escalator and was half way up when she fell down.

"She kept rolling," he said. "Somebody stopped the escalator."

Cross examined by Irish Rail solicitor, Gerard O'Herlihy, Mr Flood said he did not see another wheelchair user near the escalator whose father, it was claimed, had gone to get assistance from staff for him.

When the solicitor put it to him that his mother had a history of repeated falls, Mr Flood said he did not remember that.

Mr O'Herlihy put it to him that the station master at Connolly would give evidence he heard a discussion about personal injury solicitors. Mr Flood replied: "I never said anything like that. That is wrong."

The case continues.

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