Dramatic balcony falls cut short three holidays abroad, with one man fatally injured. When soaking up the sun, the last thing on your mind may be the safety of your hotel balcony.
The three events were unrelated, all occurring across Spain within a week of one another.
The first of the accidents involved a British man who was fatally injured after falling from a 13th floor hotel balcony in a holiday resort in Magaluf.
Similarly, a 55-year-old British woman suffered a severe spinal injury after falling from a second-floor balcony at a four-star hotel in Ibiza.
A third British holiday maker suffered serious injuries due to a holiday balcony accident when he fell 20 feet to the ground.
Though unrelated, each of these traumatic accidents highlights the risks of balconies if safety standards are not met by hotels and holiday resorts.
Balcony accidents are not the freak occurrences that the headlines would have you believe; they are commonplace, and pose as a risk to all holiday makers. Details of the police report suggest one of the above accidents happened within a convivial environment, but this is something to be expected of a holiday party resort.
Party atmosphere aside, it is a hotel or resort’s responsibility to ensure safety precautions are in place. This should include regular maintenance checks in securing loose fixtures and safety railings, along with any other elements within the room that may pose as a risk. For an example of this, see our previous blog on the footballer who fell 10ft when a balcony window was not secured as it was thought to be.
But safety precautions extend beyond the necessary railings and checks on protective locks on balcony windows; clear warnings should be made clear and sign-posted to guests to avoid any unexpected catastrophes that could result in a serious injury.
In light of the party atmosphere one might presume of the aforementioned accidents, one might consider instead the safety of children on their summer holidays, and the likeliness that they would have been safe without the necessary precautions in place.
For more information on the risks to holiday makers of falling from balconies abroad, please see our previous blog: Balconies Abroad – What are the Risks?
Joanne Berry is a Senior Personal Injury Lawyer specialising in Travel Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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