Action against holiday firm following 7-year-old’s Spanish mishap
Simpson Millar LLP is pursuing a personal injury claim in light of a British youngster’s accident at a Tenerife hotel.
The 7-year-old boy and his family were holidaying at the Troya Hotel in Playa de las Americas when the incident occurred in August 2014.
Simpson Millar’s Claire Rabbetts, who is claiming compensation from youtravel.com, said the boy was using the hotel swimming pool when he was hurt.
Unseen glass caused lacerations
“Some time after midday he was in the water and he experienced a sudden sharp pain in his foot and toes,” Claire said. “He had inadvertently strayed into a large shard of glass which was lying out of sight on the bottom of the pool.
“This caused him to suffer a severe laceration to his foot. Blood was gushing from his wound and a large flap of skin was loosened, for which he required emergency medical assistance.”
Scarred and traumatised
Claire added that the boy’s foot and toes were stitched. “He has also been left with scarring to his foot and toes, and since the accident his family have been obliged to provide additional care and support.”
A subsequent medical examination revealed that the boy had suffered serious lacerations to his foot and toes, which required sutures. As his foot later became infected, the youngster needed a course of antibiotics.
“Our client is suffering on-going concerns,” Claire said. “He is traumatised from the incident and the medical treatment he received afterwards. It’s also understood that he now has a fear of swimming pools.”
Pool was cleaned after the accident
Shortly after the accident hotel staff retrieved the offending broken glass from the pool in a bid to forestall any further mishaps.
Although the boy’s parents had bought the package through Sunshine Holidays, the accommodation provider was officially youtravel.com, whom we contacted with a claim on the injured youngster’s behalf.
We alleged that youtravel was liable for the negligence of its hotel supplier. “The personal injuries sustained by our client were avoidable had all due care been exercised by the proper parties,” Claire said, adding that it was “shocking” that the hotel permitted glass to be anywhere near the pool area.
“It surely would have been safer to serve drinks in plastic beakers which would have been far less likely to cause injury.”
At time of writing the case remains ‘live’; since the process is at the medical evidence presentation stage, there is some way to go. However, we are confident of a favourable settlement for our client.