A Jetstar passenger who slipped in a lavatory and suffered a permanent knee injury as a result of the incident is taking legal action against the carrier. This incident took place in 2016 and involved passenger Richard Pearson, who is seeking more than A$220,000 in compensation against the airline.
A Jetstar passenger who slipped in a lavatory and suffered a permanent knee injury as a result of the incident is taking legal action against the carrier, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The outlet reports that Richard Pearson was traveling from Bali to Melbourne with his family on September 7th, 2016, when he left his seat to use the on-board toilet facilities. Upon entering the lavatory, court documents state that Pearson stepped into a puddle of water and slipped.
As quoted by the outlet, these papers state that, “[Mr Pearson’s] right foot then began to splay outwards towards the right with his right knee going in the opposite direction to his left knee as his right foot slid along the lavatory floor.”
His ankle rotated and Pearson suffered a displacement to his right knee. The outlet reports that he was only able to return to his seat with assistance from cabin crew, who reportedly asked if he had cleaned up the puddle of water in which he had slipped.
It is alleged that cabin crew would not make an incident report of Pearson’s accident and the passenger was also informed that he would need to report the accident online upon landing.
The outlet indicates that Pearson is pursuing damages of over A$220,000 ($123,361) against Jetstar, who denies the former passenger’s claim. According to the paper, the airline says that Pearson, “…failed to take reasonable care of his own safety and that his injuries were caused or contributed to by his own negligence…”.
The case is due to be heard in court in Melbourne on January 25th.