A young girl´s claim against Ryanair for a head injury sustained during a flight from Poland to East Midlands airport has been resolved in Dublin without admission of liability by the airline company.
Klaudia Adamczyk from Wroclaw in Poland was just eight years of age when, on 24th September 2010, she was travelling on a Ryanair flight from Wroclaw to East Midlands airport with her family. As the plane landed, and passengers began to retrieve their luggage from the overhead lockers, a heavy item of luggage fell from the overhead locker above Klaudia and struck her on the back of the head.
Klaudia was upset at the time, but with no apparent evidence of injury, the family continued on their trip. It was only ten days later – when Klaudia´s mother noticed blood in her daughter´s ear – that a medical examination was sought and an x-ray of Klaudia´s skull revealed a fracture. Klaudia received hospital treatment for her injury, but was not allowed to participate in any physical activities for six months and still suffers occasional headaches.
Through her mother – Betya – Klaudia made a claim against Ryanair for a head injury; alleging that the item of luggage which had hit her had been forced into the overhead locker prior to takeoff, and that Ryanair had been negligent by failing to exercise due diligence with the distribution of cabin luggage. Ryanair denied liability for Klaudia´s head injury, and the case was brought before Ms Justice Mary Irvine at the High Court in Dublin, as Ryanair has its principal place of business in the Republic of Ireland.
However, before the case could be heard, Ms Justice Mary Irvine was informed that the airline had made an offer of compensation in settlement of Klaudia´s claim against Ryanair for a head injury, and that the offer of €50,000 without admission of liability had been accepted by the family. After hearing the circumstances of the injury, the judge approved the settlement, saying that it must have been a distressing experience for the young girl.