So far this year there have been three British people killed and another ten injured after falling from a balcony abroad.

Falls from height, if not fatal, can result in very serious injuries ranging from broken bones, concussion and lacerations to head injuries, brain injuries and spinal injuries.

When claims for compensation are possible

In some of the cases reported in the press recently, alcohol and irresponsible behaviour have played a part in the accidents involving falls from balconies. But this is not always the case.

At Thompsons Solicitors we have been approached by people to claim compensation when they have suffered an injury due to a dangerous or defective balcony in their holiday accommodation.

Martyn Gwyther, a solicitor at Thompsons who specialises in claiming compensation for people injured in accidents abroad said “Hotel rooms and apartments rented out to holidaymakers should be maintained to a high standard to prevent injuries. Balconies can be very dangerous and should be inspected regularly to avoid the risk of falls.”