This case study, looks at a claim for a broken wrist on holiday. The accident took place in Turkey. The victim was a male, who was walking down a flight of steps, to access the facilities at the hotel that he was staying at. At the time, a member of the hotel staff was cleaning the steps with a water hose. This turned the steps into a slip hazard, and indeed, the claimant slipped on the wet steps, and injured their wrist. On returning home, the claimant decided to make a personal injury claim against the hotel. The defendant initially refuted the claim, and a fairly lengthy legal process took place before the victim was finally awarded £23,000 in compensation.
Below, we take a look at the compensation claim, covering how the claim was sought, and why the final settlement was made. We will also look at statistics for holiday accidents, as well as wrist injuries, their causes and treatment.
Statistics Showing How Frequently People Are Injured Abroad
Looking at the graph above, we can see that Turkey is one of the most problematic countries for UK holidaymakers, with almost 1.5 million people needing assistance while on holiday in the country. In 2016, there were just over 3,000 UK citizens hospitalised while on holiday. The number of accidents that resulted in injuries that did not require hospitalisation was, of course, much higher.
In this case, the claimant did undergo some medical treatment while in Turkey. When he returned to the UK, he visited the Accident & Emergency department at his local hospital, and it was confirmed that he had fractured a bone in his wrist. The claimant then decided he would make a compensation claim for a broken wrist on holiday.
Details Of The Claimants Fractured Wrist
In this case, the victim explained that they had been in serious pain since the injury happened. And although they had not had to make a long haul flight with broken wrist, their holiday had been ruined, as the accident happened on the first day of their two week holiday. A broken wrist can be a deceptive injury. In some cases, the symptoms may not be easily apparent.
In this case, although the victim was in some pain after the accident, there was no swelling or bruising. He had some basic treatment while in Turkey, but did not reactive full treatment until he was back at home in the UK. However, the injury was severe enough to stop the victim enjoying their holiday, as they had to miss out on many of the activities they had planned.
What Case Was Made For The Accident On Holiday?
When the claimant returned home, he decided to make a compensation claim for a fractured wrist abroad. He contacted a solicitor to process the claim. His solicitor recommended that he undergo an independent medical examination to prove his injuries, which he did. Even though the fracture was healed by this time, he was still suffering from some pain every day.
Along with the expert medical testimony, the claimant provided the contact details of a number of witnesses to the accident, so that they could be called on to provide statements if required.
The Defendant’s Denial Of Liability
A letter was sent to the defendant, who refuted the personal injury compensation claim. They stated that the hotel had recently undergone a health and safety inspection and passed. They added that the area being cleaned had been signposted, and that the claimant was aware that cleaning was underway, and should have taken more care.
How Was This Case Concluded?
Once the defendant had denied the claim, the claimant’s personal injury solicitor was left in a tough spot. It was fast approaching the deadline for agreeing on an out of court settlement, and the claim would soon need to go to court.
The claimant, by now, had fully documented their financial losses, and had a good idea of how much compensation they would find acceptable. His solicitor informed the defendant that they would be proceeding with a court claim. The defendant responded by saying that they would accept 60% of the blame for the accident (which would lower the amount they needed to pay). The claimant’s solicitor recommended that he stick to his guns, and seek 80% liability from the defendant.
The victim realised that the case was about to become much more complex, and asked his solicitor to approach the defendant with an offer for an acceptable settlement. The defendant sent a reply stating they agreed to pay the requested amount, and paid a final out of court settlement of £23,000.
This case was particularly interesting, due to the fact that the defendant originally refuted the claim, and then later, agreed to accept 60% of the blame. This indicated that the defendant was prepared to go the whole way, and defend their position in court. However, the actions of the claimant, in approaching the defendant to try and reach a last-ditch settlement before going to court, turned the claim around. Had the claim gone to court, it is far from clear-cut that the claimant would have won their claim.
No Win No Fee Compensation For A Broken Wrist On Holiday
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At the link below, you will find a detailed guide to the legal process of making a compensation claim for an accident on holiday:
At the link below, you will find a detailed guide to the legal process of making a compensation claim for a wrist injury:
The NHS has published comprehensive information about wrist injuries, at this link below:
You will find information published by the UK Government, regarding the Foreign Compensation Commission at this link: