Working Abroad Accidents

Every year there are many stories of holidaymakers falling from their balconies while on holiday. Falls from heights, if they do not result in death, can cause life changing injuries ranging from concussion, broken bones to brain and spine injuries. Acknowledging that some of these falls are linked to irresponsible alcohol consumption or the ‘balconing’ trend where people dive into the swimming pool from height or jump between balconies to neighbouring rooms. However, not all falls from balconies occur this way, in most cases falls occur accidentally when babies, children and the elderly fall from windows, balconies and staircases. The role of Jones Whyte is to establish whether the incident was avoidable or caused by defective balcony at your holiday accommodation. Once this has been established we can help get justice for the victim and their loved ones.

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Who is responsible for a fall from a balcony abroad?

To begin with it is important to establish who is responsible for the fall. Was it from alcohol misuse or was it down to a defective balcony?

Different countries have different building regulations as well as health and safety standards. These standards will undoubtedly be different from our own standards in the UK. However, if it can be proved that the balcony did not comply with these health and safety standards as well as building regulations then it may be possible to pursue your case.

While on a package holiday your tour operator is responsible for your health and safety. The law which protects you in the Package Travel Regulations 1992. If under this legislation the tour operator has failed to keep you safe they will be liable to pay you compensation for your injuries.

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What is a package holiday?

A package holiday is a holiday that has been organised by a travel agent for example, Thomas cook or TUI. A package holiday is one that includes arrangements for transport, accommodation that is paid at an inclusive price. The package could also include a rental car or activities and outings during the holiday.

 

What could be included in my claim?

As well as claiming for the injuries you sustained from your fall, you may also be able to claim for loss of earnings, any medical expenses you paid while receiving treatment, care and assistance as well as various other expenses.

 

Will I be successful?

The success of your claim, wholly depends on the circumstances of the fall. Your lawyer will talk you through this.

 

How much compensation can I claim?

The amount of compensation you may be entitled also depends on the circumstances of your fall. The seriousness of your injuries and any losses you may have incurred as a result of the fall.

 

How can I keep myself and my family safe on a balcony while on holiday?

 

Never leave young children or babies alone on a balcony. Never fall asleep or sunbathe on a balcony in case you fall. Never sit or lean over the balcony railings or walls, they may not be able to carry weight. Always make sure the balcony doors are closed and locked when you are not using the balcony. Never climb over the balcony railings or walls and attempt to climb between apartments. Never climb over the balcony raisings and attempt to jump into the swimming pool below.

 

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