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11 year old boy settles personal injury claim with Ryanair
Coleman Legal LLP
July 11, 2023
Coleman Legal LLP is representing clients, including a 17-year-old, against Ryanair after a 2018 emergency descent caused emotional distress and physical symptoms, resulting in a €10,000 settlement offer under the Montreal Convention.

Coleman Legal LLP represents clients in personal injury claim with Ryanair After the 2018 emergency descent

Coleman Legal LLP represents several clients in a personal injury claim with Ryanair after a flight from Dublin to Zadar Airport was forced into an emergency descent in July 2018.

One of our clients, a 17-year-old schoolboy from Co Kildare, has experienced emotional distress after the unexpected incident. He suffered from nightmares following the emergency landing of the plane; he was just 11 years old at the time.

The Ryanair aircraft had to make an emergency descent into Frankfurt Hahn airport due to loss of cabin pressure during the flight. Our client’s mother issued proceedings in the Circuit Court on behalf of her son as he is underage. Each member of their family who was onboard has ongoing claims against the airline company.

In July 2018, the aircraft sustained a sudden inflight depressurisation, which required an emergency descent into Frankfurt Hahn Airport before the family could continue their flight to Zadar.

Our client’s mother has said that it was a traumatic event for everyone involved and that her son had dealt with everything extremely well. The rules of the Montreal Convention allowed these claims to be made against Ryanair.

The Convention states that the event had to be an accident to recover damages, and the complainant had to have suffered bodily injury. Our client had subsequently been diagnosed with a degree of stress secondary to the incident, as well as headaches.

Ryanair had admitted in their defence that the incident had been an accident. Judge O’Connor of the Circuit was satisfied that these two elements in the case meant that the Court could approve Counsel’s recommendation of Ryanair’s €10,000 settlement offer.

If you or a loved one was affected by a similar incident, please contact our experienced team at Coleman Legal LLP for a confidential consultation. Call us at 1800-844-104 or email [email protected].

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Clodagh Magennis

Clodagh Magennis

Head of Client Services

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