09 June 2009
Man who suffered head injuries in holiday crash seeks compensation
A man who sustained a series of injuries when a bus he was travelling in crashed into a truck while he was on holiday is seeking compensation.
Chris Lock was in the north African country of Egypt with his girlfriend at the time Katie Smith when the accident happened, the Bolton News reports.
He was staying in the resort of Sharm El-Sheikh - which is located between the Red Sea and Mount Sinai - and was en route to the Pyramids when the road accident occurred.
As well as suffering injuries to his head, Mr Lock sustained a shattered shin bone, fractured ankle and fractured knee.
He has been unable to return to his job since the crash, which occurred last September.
Mr Lock is suing Egyptian tour operator Orbit Travel, alleging that the driver of the bus did not take a break in the six-hour journey.
The 26-year-old said: "I am still slowly trying to recover from my injuries. I still have a pin in my leg to support my shin. I am mobile but I have to watch how long I am on my feet for. I can't move suddenly or manage steep slopes."
Matthew Tomlinson, solicitor at Russell Jones & Walker, commented: "Mr Lock's devastating injuries highlight the dangers for holidaymakers who book trips through rogue agents.
"My advice is that only reputable agents recommended by the hotel or travel agent are used for such excursions.
"I would only advice, for insurance protection purposes, that the bookings are made via a credit card. We will continue to fight Mr Lock's claim on his behalf despite the logistical difficulties we face."