BBC One Holiday Hit Squad features Accidents on Holiday
The popular BBC1 show Holiday Hit Squad presented by Angela Rippon aired this week and featured Des Jarvis, a holidaymaker whose life has been devastated following an accident he suffered on holiday.
Mr Jarvis shattered his leg when he was flung across a swimming pool and smashed into submerged steps after descending a water slide at the resort.
Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors are representing Des and are pursuing a substantial claim for compensation against the tour operator First Choice Holidays.
Nick Harris, a Partner and Head of the Holiday Claims Personal Injury Team at the firm, has vast experience of helping people who suffer injuries whilst abroad on holiday.
Your tour operator is responsible for your safety
Nick explains that many people do not realize that they are entitled to substantial compensation. He says:
“When you book a package holiday you receive powerful protection. The law makes your tour operator responsible for all the services and facilities that make up your holiday ie making them responsible for ensuring your reasonable safety.”
If, for example, you slip on wet stairs at your hotel because the maids have mopped the steps and not displayed any warning signs then your tour operator is at fault for your accident and injuries.
Nick says: “In Des’ case the waterslide was dangerous and the pool too narrow to prevent him from crashing into adjacent stone steps.”
Compensation for holiday accidents
The amount you can claim can vary between £1,000 for a relatively minor injury to £millions.
For many people their injury means they cannot return to work straightway. As part of a compensation claim you can claim for pay you have lost but also future pay you might lose because of your accident and injuries.
Nick recently helped a client who broke her ankle whilst on holiday and received £45,000. The claim was settled out of court.
If you have found yourself in a similar situation, you can get free advice from our friendly team who can advise you about making a compensation claim and give you an idea about how much your claim could be worth.
Watch Holiday Hit Squad Online
BBC One’s Holiday Hit Squad programme aired on Thursday 13 March 2014. You can watch the full episode on BBC iPlayer here.