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27 February 2015
Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyer Simon Weilding secured £2,750 compensation for a holidaymaker injured by a dangerous plug socket in her hotel.
Simon’s client went on holiday with her husband and two year-old son to the Holiday Village in Benalmadena on Spain’s Costa del Sol in July 2013.
She was faced with a potentially life threatening situation when she went to plug her camera charger into a socket in their room. As soon as she tried to plug it in, she was thrown a metre and a half across the room by an electric shock caused by a broken pin that had been left in the plug socket, making it ‘live’.
Simon’s client suffered from electric burns and blisters to her hand, nausea and heart palpitations for the rest of the holiday, although as well as the physical scars, it was the emotional stress that stayed with her, thinking of the consequences if her son had touched the socket instead of her.
Simon successfully took action on behalf of his client and her holiday accident claim against the tour operator concerned, resulting in the £2,750 settlement. He commented, “My client suffered injuries and psychological trauma that badly affected both her own and her family’s holiday and subsequently suffered for several months after the holiday.
Tour operators must ensure the safety of their customers and one hopes that in future, hotels will ensure rooms are thoroughly checked before guests occupy them. This would seem obvious, but clearly did not happen on this occasion”.
Simon Weilding is a Litigation Executive in the Travel Law department of Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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