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Ireland: Woman who claimed slipping on grape faces legal fees

A woman who claimed having been injured after slipping on a grape while at work at a fruit and vegetable plant is facing a legal costs bill after her action was dismissed on consent at the High Court.

Ludmilla Olefeira was out of work for three months and claimed she suffered continuing leg and back pain following the accident at Keelings distribution plant in St Margaret’s in 2016.

During cross-examination of Ms Olefeira on Friday was shown video and medical evidence that did not support her claims concerning the extent of her injuries.

Ms Olefeira has been working in Ireland since she came here 15 years ago. She worked for Keelings in a number of positions before the incident occurred. She claimed, while holding a scanning machine and walking to a printer, she slipped on a grape and fell forward, landing on her left knee.

According to The Irish Times she claimed she suffered significant pain in her left knee and back, was unable to drive for two months after, was out of work for three months and has ongoing symptoms in her knee and back, causing difficulties with doing housework.

When it was put to her the defendant had video footage of her driving a heavy 4X4 vehicle to go grocery shopping on June 10th 2016 when she had claimed she was unable to drive for two months after the accident.


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