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Hotel Accident In The Seychelles Secures £110,000
Our client was on holiday at a five star resort in the Seychelles with his wife and young family in April 2005. The Claimant's accommodation comprised a villa style suite with patio doors opening onto a sun patio and beyond that, a covered, furnished dining and sitting area and garden. Immediately outside the patio doors the sun bathing area had brick paving.
Half way through the holiday, our client returned to his accommodation from the beach, removed his sandals and entered the room via the patio doors. Our client used the bathroom and then walked back to the patio doors, opened the doors and stepped briefly onto the patio to check if it had stopped raining and turned to walk back inside.
Our client had taken one or two steps on the glazed internal tiling when he slipped, fell awkwardly and sustained serious fracture injuries to his left ankle. A plaster cast was fitted in the Seychelles and the client had to undergo surgery on his return home. Our client was delayed in starting a new job as a result of his injuries.
Irwin Mitchell was instructed by the client and court proceedings were issued against the tour operator and the hotel. The defendant always maintained a denial of liability but failed to deal with the wealth of supportive evidence produced by our client’s experts. As a result, the defendants’ case collapsed at trial. Our client was able to secure a settlement of £110,000.
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