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06 Oct 2023

Can spilling hot tea on a plane cause a spinal injury? Which case won?

A case heard in the NSW Supreme Court in 2015 concerned a Sydney woman who suffered a mishap in 2012 during a flight to Europe. A flight attendant accidentally spilt hot tea on the passenger, causing her to jump up and twist sharply, sustaining a spinal injury.

The passenger sued the airline for damages, claiming that the incident caused her to sustain a severe back injury, requiring surgery for disc protrusion in her lower spine and leaving her with significant ongoing pain and disability.

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