Caution urged after latest balcony fall adds to mounting accident tally

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Caution urged after latest balcony fall adds to mounting accident tally

30th May 2012

British tourists are being urged to exercise extra caution when travelling abroad, after a recent spike in the number of falls from height.

Katherine Allen, head of the Travel and International Litigation department at Fentons Solicitors LLP, was speaking after a British holidaymaker became the latest victim to suffer devastating injuries when she fell from a hotel balcony on the Spanish island of Majorca.

“There have been a number of very serious accidents involving tourists falling from balconies in Spanish holiday resorts over the last few weeks, including three fatalities in less then a month,” said Katherine, a partner with the firm. “Accidents of this nature tend to result in devastating results. The structure and configuration and thus the safety of balconies changes from country to country and it is important to bear in mind that while relaxing, on holiday, one can be more vulnerable to injury.”

Katherine’s warning came as the summer holiday season gets underway and thousands of British holidaymakers prepare to head off abroad.

“Although the latest victim - who is understood to have apparently lost her balance and plunged 80 feet from her sixth floor hotel balcony - is miraculously alive, she is reportedly in a critical condition after suffering multiple head injuries and leg fractures,” said Katherine. “While these latest incidents appear to have been nothing more than tragic accidents, it is important that holidaymakers – particularly young people - are aware of the danger of falling from heights, especially in regard to balconies.”

The popular Spanish party resorts of Majorca are an annual mecca for young British holidaymakers and some might claim the problem of so many of the low-cost Spanish resorts that target a particular demographic is the copious amount of alcohol always in ready supply that can often be bought for a fraction of the price it would cost in the UK. This also presents a risk.

“It is significant that the majority of serious and often fatal accidents involving falls from balconies or down stairwells occur in the early hours of the morning when people are tired or after they may perhaps have overindulged the night before,” said Katherine. “It is therefore crucial people exercise caution, be aware of their limitations and try and avoid indulging too excessively or visiting areas at height while their judgement might be impaired.”

How can Fentons help?

If you have been injured while on holiday or travelling in a foreign country, Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims relating to holiday accidents and illness.

If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Read more: Sky