If you’ve been injured as the result of a balcony fall then you may be entitled to travel accident compensation.
Balconies are almost a must-have for any holiday goer. The spectacular views make for a great area to relax on that well-earned rest. A holiday of a life time can however turn sour in one tragic moment. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to open a newspaper during the summer without seeing an article about a Briton who has suffered a serious fall whilst abroad. Any fall is a nasty experience but the sheer height of balcony falls, sometimes more than several stories, is among one of the worst and deadliest accidents that a traveller can suffer.
How can I reduce the chances of balcony falls?
There are a number of ways that you can reduce the risk of balcony falls. You should check all fittings and make sure handrails are adequately secured, especially if you are in a country which may not have a reputation for rigorous safety standards. If the fittings appear to be in any way loose or damaged, report them to your hotel immediately.
Demand to be moved to a different room or at the very least, to have the balcony repaired urgently. If this is the case you should avoid using your balcony at all. Your safety is always paramount. Do not take for granted that a loose fitting will “be fine!” Do not lean unnecessarily over a balcony, there may be a spectacular Riviera just out of view but it is not worth the risk. Ensure that alcohol consumption is kept to a minimum.
Alcohol can affect balance and is a major contributory factor balcony falls. Be careful if returning from a pool as there is a greater risk of slipping and falling in wet shoes!
With well over a decade of experience in providing compensation, at Accident Advice Helpline, our friendly and professional advisers are on hand 24/7 to help you with your query. If you’ve been injured as the result of a fall from a balcony, you may be eligible for compensation. Call us today to find out more. Alternatively you can find out online in 30 seconds or less whether or not you may be eligible for compensation.
Date Published: November 26, 2013
Author: David Brown