Qatar Airways sued after drinks trolley injury

Australian passenger said to be suing airline after being hit by a drinks trolley during flight
A Qatar Airways Airbus A320 takes off from Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. Qatar Airways operated on Monday the worlds first commercial flight using propellant derived from natural gas as the Gulf state seeks to exploit its status as the worlds largest producer of the fuel. Photographer: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg
By Courtney Trenwith
Mon 20 May 2013 02:33 PM

An Australian passenger is suing Qatar Airways after he was hit by a drinks trolley, allegedly causing physical and psychological trauma, according to local newspaper The Age.

John Karatzaferis has filed a lawsuit against the Gulf carrier in the Victorian Supreme Court, claiming an existing injuring was seriously aggravated when a flight attendant hit him while pushing the cart along an aisle during a flight from Doha to Melbourne in August 2011.

He has since suffered "pain, tenderness and limitation of movement" in his left knee, in which he already suffered arthrosis (a degenerative disease of the joints), his claim says.

He now requires an operation to fix the "chronic pain and dysfunction".

Karatzaferis said the incident and ensuing pain also had led to psychological injuries including anxiety and depression.

The court writ does not specify the value of the compensation being sought.

Qatar Airways could not be reached for comment.

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