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Five-Figure Settlement For Holidaymaker Injured in Hotel Lift

28 February 2017

A five-figure settlement was awarded to a holidaymaker when an accident involving a faulty hotel lift resulted in extensive injuries.

Slater and Gordon Lawyer: Darren Dyke is a travel injury litigation executive at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.

Settlement: £15,000

What Happened: Our client, who is registered disabled, was on a package holiday abroad when he entered a lift in his wheelchair. The lift was open, the lights were on and there was no signage to suggest it was out of order. When he entered the lift he suddenly dropped and was thrown from his chair. The lift floor was several inches lower than the ground it was on, having stopped short when it opened its doors.

Impact: As a result of the accident our client sustained a fracture and extensive wounds to his legs and hip and was in considerable pain for the remainder of the holiday.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: We brought the claim on behalf of our client and instructed a local expert who was familiar with the safety standards of that country. We also arranged for medical examinations while obtaining evidence to ensure our client received the appropriate treatment to aid his recovery.

The claim was issued in court and we made a part 36 offer to the defendant to settle the claim.

Decision: A settlement of £15,000 was negotiated out of court.

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