A company boss who slipped in a puddle of spilt Bailey's at Heathrow Airport has won a £130,000 compensation payout.
Andreas Wuchner hit his head and suffered brain damage after his foot slipped in the creamy liqueur spilt by a passenger near a British Airways 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.
Now Judge Simon Monty QC has awarded Mr Wuchner a £130,000 payout and opened the door for him to claim considerably more.
Central London County Court heard that at the time of the accident, Mr Wuchner had been at the airport to catch a BA jet to Zurich.
He was checking in for his flight when he went head over heels in a puddle of spilt booze.
Natasha Jackson, for Mr Wuchner, told the judge: "This was a slip on a spilt bottle of Bailey's liqueur, but unfortunately he does seem to have suffered some traumatic brain injury as a result.
"The accident took place on 11 November 2017.
"My unfortunate client slipped and fell on liquid on the floor while embarking at Heathrow. The liquid turned out to be Bailey’s liqueur that hadn't been cleared up," she added outside court.
"The claim is admitted," she told the court.
It means Mr Wuchner is therefore entitled to £130,000 under a "strict liability" clause of the Montreal Convention, the law which governs payouts for injuries suffered by passengers in the process of embarking on international flights.
That is the normal limit for compensation under the Convention.
However, if negligence on the part of BA staff were to be proved "the limit can be exceeded," she added.
Telling the judge that Mr Wuchner, a Swiss national, wants to pocket the £130,000 but press ahead with a bigger claim too, she said "much of this claim is a complicated loss of earnings claim".
Mr Wuchner had been running his own office supplies company but that was "liquidated" in September 2018, ten months after the accident, she said.
She told the judge that the brain-damaged boss wants to call an orthopaedic surgeon, a neurologist and a pain management expert to give evidence about the impact of the slip on his life.
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Christopher Loxton, for BA, agreed Mr Wuchner should get the £130,000 payout, telling the judge: "I am happy for judgment to be entered for the claimant with damages to be assessed."
But the airline is arguing that there was no negligence on the part of their staff and that he should not get more.
The judge went on to enter judgment for Mr Wuchner against British Airways PLC, with damages to be assessed.
That guarantees him the £130,000 and a trial will go ahead at a later date over whether he is due a bigger payout.