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Friday, March 11, 2011

£300k for massages gone wrong

Two former beauty therapists have won £300,430 in compensation from Virgin Atlantic after developing repetitive strain injuries while giving frequent massages to first class air passengers.
Jayne Evans and Michelle Hindmarch said they developed pain in their wrists, shoulders and backs after giving lengthy Shiatsu treatments to travellers in the Clubhouse Lounge at Heathrow's Terminal 3.
Most of their clients were men who were always clothed and required heavier hand and finger pressure than massages for women, London's high court heard. The pair said they had to give up their careers, which they had trained for since they left school, because of the strain.
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd accepted liability but disputed the amount of compensation due and the severity of their injuries. Evans was awarded £230,972 against the airline. Hindmarch who quickly found better-paid work, was awarded £69,458.

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