Hotel maid who claimed back injury was a result of lifting heavy mattresses and linen bags unaided settles €60k claim.

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A 34-year-old chamber maid, who alleged she was left to lift hotel mattresses and heavy linen bags unaided, has settled a €60,000 personal injury claim against the hotel where she worked.  The lady claimed she had suffered a low back injury as a result of having to heave bed mattresses and heavy bags of linen as a result of negligence on the part of her employer.  The Barrister for the claimant told Judge Petria McDonnell in the Circuit Civil Court that claimant had settled her claim for an undisclosed sum.  The barrister said the case could be struck out with no order for costs.  The claimant alleged in her claim that the employer had been negligent and in breach of its duty to provide her with a safe working environment.  The hotel had entered a full defence to her allegations.  She claimed she had been allowed to carry and drag heavy bags of laundry and lift mattresses and assemble beds which were heavier that what was safe for her to handle. She also alleged that some beds she had to move were without casters.  The claimant also alleged that the company had failed to allow employees to use the lift when carrying out their duties and to ensure it had been kept in working order.  She had also allegedly she had to lift heavy dishwasher baskets containing crockery.  She claimed she had developed pain in her lower back and had initially taken painkillers but had been later diagnosed with a back injury.  An MRI scan had revealed she had a small disc bulge and tear.  Her ability to bend, kneel, squat and lift had been found to have been moderately impaired. Climbing stairs and walking had also been affected.  Judge McDonnell struck out the proceedings.