By Ben Rose, holiday claims expert, Neil Hudgell Solicitors.
Imagine this; sitting on a balcony looking out over the sea, with glass of your favourite tipple, enjoying the sun go down; what could be better?
Knowing you are safe on your balcony would be a start.
Sadly the safety standards of balconies abroad are not always up to those of the UK; either in terms of how well they are fixed to the walls and floors, how close the railings need to be to each other or how high the railings have to be. This can pose significant problems when horseplay is involved or even when you are just relaxing.
Oisin Merritt, a young footballer from Donegal has fallen only yesterday (10/06/2014) and been placed in an induced coma and is currently fighting for his life after falling and breaking his skull. He was in Santa Ponsa, Majorca and his family have flown to the resort to be with him at this difficult time. This is hard on the heels of the death of Kay Flitcroft, 30, who was holidaying on the neighbouring island of Menorca only last week and fell 30 feet after watching the England v Peru match with her husband, Ben.
It is not only the risks of the balconies themselves; we have all seen those daredevils diving from their balconies into the pool, those people who have had a few too many and decided they might just be able to climb to their room faster than their friends can get to it using the stairs and those people who just need a breath of fresh air after a heavy night on the town…
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and ABTA has produced a leaflet that can be seen here:
Know the basics before you go; know the dangers and enjoy your holidays… but if you do have an accident, and it is not your fault, call our Holiday Claims experts on 0808 252 7043.