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Choco compo Girl (13) who claimed she was scalded by hot chocolate on Aer Lingus flight to get €20k

Joy Lonergan was travelling from Barcelona to Dublin on July 16, 2018 when the accident happened


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A young girl who claimed she was scalded when hot chocolate fell on her lap on an Aer Lingus flight has settled her High Court action for €20,000.

Joy Lonergan, who was 13, was travelling from Barcelona to Dublin on July 16, 2018 when the accident happened .

Mr Justice Garrett Simons was told that liability was at issue in the case.

Joy, now 15, had through her mother Michelle Culliton , Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny sued Aer Lingus Ltd.

In an affidavit, Ms Culliton said the hot liquid spilled on her daughter’s lap and thighs on the flight out of Barcelona.

She said Joy had been returning home with the rest of the family from a holiday in Spain.

Her daughter, she said, was immediately treated for her burns by air stewards who applied cold water and cooling gels and also gave the girl paracetamol for pain relief.

Ms Culliton said her daughter was in considerable pain and distress and cried for the duration of the flight.

After the aeroplane touched down in Dublin , the girl was transferred to Temple Street Children’s Hospital for treatment.

In hospital the burns were dressed and Joy was prescribed anti inflammatories.

Joy’s dressings had to be changed over the next three weeks and Ms Culliton said her daughter was in distress and discomfort.

The burns later cleared up and in December a consultant examined the thigh area and found there was no residual evidence of burns.

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Approving the settlement Mr Justice Simons said the young girl suffered very unpleasant burns and it was to the credit of the Aer Lingus stewards that they tended very quickly to the accident.

The judge who had read the medical reports said the burns had healed up though the young girl had an unpleasant time for a number of weeks.

He noted that the airline had not conceded liability and that €20,000 was the full value of the case.

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