The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) have launched a campaign to try and reduce the number of young people injured and killed by falls from balconies while on holiday abroad.
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.”
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If you’ve been injured and would like advice on whether you have a case for personal injury compensation, contact Thompsons Solicitors’ personal injury solicitors today.
If you have suffered a personal injury that was someone else’s fault, whether it’s a slip or trip, an accident at work, in a public place or on the roads, we can help you to make a personal injury compensation claim and gain access to any rehabilitation you require.
Thompsons Solicitors’ commitment to acting only for the injured is written into our partnership deed. We are among the UK’s only claimant-only law firms, which means that we will represent the injured or mistreated person and refuse to act for employers or insurance companies. We know whose side we are on, and we are committed to securing a better deal for you.
Contact our friendly team of experts today for a free, no obligation assessment of whether you have a case. If you do, we’ll work with you to build a solid case for personal injury compensation that takes into account all of the ways you’ve been affected by your injury.
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