A €40,000 settlement in the first lawsuit alleging an emergency landing by Ryanair following a cabin depressurization

The first in a series of claims for damages against Ryanair for alleged injuries sustained during an emergency landing has been settled for around €40,000.

The cases stem from an incident where the pressure failed in an airplane cabin on a flight between Dublin and Zadar, Croatia.

A sudden loss of cabin pressure forced the pilots into a rapid descent.

Oxygen masks were released during the incident.

German police said 33 of 189 passengers were hospitalized, some bleeding from their ears, after the plane made an emergency landing at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport on July 13, 2018.

An interim report by the Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation described it as a “serious incident”.

It sparked a spate of lawsuits and the first to go to court was settled yesterday without the airline acknowledging liability.

The plaintiff, an Irish woman, claimed to have suffered severe ear pain and shock to her entire nervous system.

She claimed she lost her job for being absent from work after being prescribed anti-anxiety medication.

The woman was represented by Coleman Legal’s Rose Sweeney.

Eighteen other clients of the firm based in Ireland, Croatia and the US have also filed lawsuits against the airline.

The claims involve a mixture of physical and psychological injuries and are being defended by Ryanair.

According to the briefs in the settled case, the woman claimed to have suffered significant barotrauma to her right ear that required treatment with steroids.

She also claimed the accident caused her anxiety and stress and that she had developed symptoms suggestive of post-traumatic stress disorder and needed to attend counseling.

When the matter came before Dublin Circuit Civil Court yesterday, Judge Sarah Berkeley was told the matter was settled.

While the settlement amount was not disclosed, the Irish Independent believes it was around €40,000 plus plaintiff’s legal fees.

Coleman Legal declined to comment on the case.

Ryanair did not respond to a request for comment.

In addition to the injuries she allegedly sustained, the passenger also complained of having to sit on her bag for several hours in Frankfurt Hahn, having limited access to liquids and not being able to access her checked baggage, which contained antibiotics for which she was taking medication at the time problems with the urinary tract.

She claimed her distress was compounded by poor communication from airline staff.

In a statement at the time, Ryanair said it apologized for “any inconvenience” caused to passengers when the flight was diverted due to “an in-flight pressure drop”.

The airline said that in accordance with standard procedure, the crew donned oxygen masks and initiated a controlled descent.

“The plane landed normally and customers disembarked where a small number received precautionary medical attention,” the statement added.

“Customers were provided with refreshment vouchers and hotel accommodation was approved. However, there was a lack of available accommodation.”

Some passengers were able to board a replacement flight the following day, while a group who could not or did not want to fly continued their journey by bus instead.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/40000-settlement-in-first-lawsuit-over-ryanair-emergency-landing-after-fall-in-aircraft-cabin-pressure-41841266.html A €40,000 settlement in the first lawsuit alleging an emergency landing by Ryanair following a cabin depressurization

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