Thirsty Emirates passenger claiming that staff refused to give her water before fainting on a long-haul flight, loses battle to sue the airline – and now faces a HUGE legal bill
- Lina Di Falco claimed that she collapsed during a flight after she had been denied enough water
- The 54-year-old was on an Emirates flight from Melbourne to Dubai in 2015
- Di Falco has sued the airline for compensation at the Victorian Supreme Court
- Justice Jacinta Forbes thought Tuesday that Emirates was not liable
A thirsty traveler has lost a lawsuit against the Emirates airline, after claiming that she had collapsed on a long-haul flight because she had been given too little water.
Lina Di Falco, 54, is now confronted with potential costs that go up to hundreds of thousands of dollars after they have not received compensation from the aviation giant.
Ms. Di Falco sued the airline for damages in the Victorian Supreme Court and claimed that the refusal of sufficient water fainted and fell on her, and hurt her ankle during the March 2015 flight from Melbourne to Dubai.
The mother told the trial that the injury caused her constant pain, forced her to take two months off work, robbed her of doing the things she loved, and led to her collapse of the marriage.
Justice Jacinta Forbes thought Tuesday that Emirates was not liable. It invited the parties to submit comments on the costs.
Lina Di Falco (pictured in June 2019), 54, is now confronted with potential costs that run into hundreds of thousands of dollars after they had not received compensation from the aviation giant
Lawyer John Ribbands, representing Emirates, is also looking for special costs, since an offer to Mrs Di Falco to resolve the matter early was rejected.
Mrs. Di Falco, who was not in court for the verdict, told the trial that she had constant ankle pain after falling on her way to the bathroom.
She said that more than an hour after taking off, she only got one glass of water with her meal, but that wasn't enough.
Mrs. Di Falco claims that she had asked for water four times before she got up to go to the bathroom, felt dizzy, and as if she would vomit.
She claims that she fainted and hurt her ankle on the way and described the pain as almost 10 out of 10.
The Emirates legal team argued that the aircraft had a water fountain available for use by passengers, but Mrs. Di Falco said she did not see it.
Mrs. Di Falco sued the Emirates airline for damages in the Victorian Supreme Court and claimed that the refusal of sufficient water fainted and fell on her and injured her ankle during the March 2015 flight from Melbourne to Dubai (stock image)
After returning from her vacation in Australia, the Moonee Valley municipality employee was told that her ankle was broken. She underwent surgery and went back to work for no more than two months.
& # 39; It always hurts … since the accident, & # 39; said Di Falco, adding that she could no longer do the things she loved, such as gardening and sports.
She also told the process that she had withdrawn from friends and her marriage was broken because of the injury.
& # 39; Because of the accident, I couldn't … be the woman he married & said, "Falco said, referring to her frustration because she couldn't keep up with household chores.
Mrs. Di Falco said she was a happy person before the accident, but had lost her confidence.
She complained that Emirates passengers had not received enough refreshments and her vacation in the Middle East was wasted because of her injured ankle.
After the collapse, Ms. Falco said the airline staff gave her a large bottle of water for the remainder of the 14-hour flight.
Justice Jacinta Forbes thought Tuesday that Emirates was not liable. It invited the parties to submit comments on the costs. Pictured: Ms. Di Falco leaves the Old High Court building in Melbourne on Tuesday, June 11
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