Passenger gets €10k for scalding on Ryanair
A law student who suffered first-degree burns during a Ryanair flight from Spain has been awarded €10,000 damages - two hours before graduating from UCD.
Kevin Keenan was flying home from Malaga in June last year when a member of the cabin crew accidentally splashed boiling water on him.
The 23-year-old told the Circuit Civil Court yesterday how, one hour into the flight, he was standing outside the toilet, waiting for another passenger to come out.
"One of the cabin crew carry- ing a jug turned quickly and splashed boiling water on my foot," said Mr Keenan, of Doonsalla Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.
Mr Keenan told his barrister, Justin McQuade, that he had immediately been treated by cabin crew, who applied burn solution and ice to his foot before bandaging it.
He said it was an unfortunate incident.
Liability had been conceded by Ryanair and the court was being asked to assess damages.
Mr Keenan, who was due to be conferred after the hearing, told Judge Karen Fergus that he was a keen golfer and played football and tag rugby.
He said that on arrival at Dublin Airport he had driven home, and saw his GP, Dr Barry Danaher, the next day.
He told the court that an area of skin came away when Dr Danaher removed the bandage that had been applied in the aircraft.
Mr Keenan said he subsequently had the dressings changed at St Michael's Clinic in Dun Laoghaire.
He told barrister Andrew Walker, who appeared for Ryanair, that he had returned to playing golf, football and tag rugby within three weeks of the incident.
He said that during his first game of golf he began feeling pain after 16 holes.
He told the doctors who treated him that his ability to stand and walk had been profoundly affected by the burns.
He had been left with an area of mild scar tissue which, according to doctors, would fade over time.
Judge Fergus said Mr Keenan had suffered a first-degree burn which had required immediate treatment.
She said he had been left with minor residual scarring and she considered damages of €10,000 to be appropriate.
She also awarded special damages of €77 and costs.