Andreas Wuchner was checking in with British Airways at London Heathrow airport for a flight to Zurich when he slipped in a puddle of Bailey’s liqueur and hit his head when he came down.
British Airways has to pay him approximately $180,000 in strict liability, and he’s now pursuing additional damages for negligence. It took over three years to get this far.
A company boss has won a £130,000 payout from British Airways after slipping in a puddle of spilt Bailey’s liqueur and hitting his head on the floor at Heathrow Airport.
Andreas Wuchner suffered brain damage after his foot slipped in the beverage tipped over by a passenger near a BA check-in desk in November 2017.
The businessman’s company folded the next year and he took BA to court, suing over his injuries and for loss of earnings.
The liquor was spilled by a passenger. Who’s got an open bottle of Baileys at check-in? British Airways is being held liable for not cleaning it up, rather than Heathrow Airport Holdings.
It appears the passenger asked for just under the maximum 128,821 Special Drawing Rights (just over $185,000) permitted under the Montreal Convention, which forecloses the ability of British Airways to avoid liability by proving the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence rather than their own.
However, the passenger now wants to press further arguing British Airways’ negligence for additional damages.
(HT: Oxon Flyer)