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A Screaming Child Onboard = Hearing Loss and Lawsuit?

Posted Jul 21 2010 7:23am
Air cabin
According to a TIME article yesterday, a 67-year-old woman sued Qantas when a child on board her flight leaned over and screamed in her ear. According to the article, Jean Barnard claims "the toddler's scream made her ear bleed and caused permanent hearing loss, was helped off the plane and taken to Alice Springs hospital."

Qantas and Barnard settled the case last week, with the airline contending "[p]laintiff's injuries, if any, were caused by the arbitrary and volitional act of a three-year-old child" and were not the airline's fault. Interestingly, according to the article, Barnard already wore hearing aids before her flight.

This reminds me of the blog post I wrote a bit ago about an employee suing the company she worked for because having to listen to angry customers on the phone all day gave her hearing loss.

What do you think about this?
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