Holiday accidents: Collapsing furniture

Collapsing furniture poses a serious risk to any holiday maker. If you’ve been injured on holiday as the result of collapsing furniture then you may be entitled to travel accident compensation.

Does collapsing furniture really pose a danger of an accident on holiday?

The answer is yes, absolutely.

Picture the scene: you’ve just arrived on that dream holiday that you’ve been saving for all year, on the first day you decide to go for a swim in the hotel pool. After getting out you decide you want to relax a bit by the poolside in a sun lounger. As you sit down preparing to relax and enjoy your afternoon, suddenly the legs of the sun lounger decide to give way, causing you to fall through and injure yourself.  Your perfect holiday has been ruined by a stint in a hospital.

What kinds of injuries can collapsing furniture cause?

Collapsing furniture poses a number of serious risks, especially at the poolside and balconies where surfaces may be hard. Collapsing furniture can result in broken bones, slipped discs, head injuries and severe bruising.

In May 2012, an 85 year old Swedish woman was sitting on a sun lounger on a balcony when the sun lounger suddenly broke, leaving the elderly lady trapped for over 2 days within the broken sun lounger.

Should I be concerned about collapsing furniture?

Thankfully occurrences of collapsing furniture are not so common. However, some countries may not have as high safety standards and furniture can be old and/or poorly maintained.

What can I do to protect myself from collapsing furniture?

Check all furnishings before using them, especially in your hotel or other accommodation, including chairs, sofas, beds and tables and any balcony furniture. If an item of furniture appears to be shaky or unstable, do not sit on it. Be sure to report any instances of potentially broken furniture to the management. At the pool side be wary of any broken sun loungers, parasols and deck chairs.

If you’ve been injured as the result of collapsing furniture on holidays then be sure to contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. You may be entitled to a travel accident claim. Our friendly and professional advisers are on hand 24/7 via the free helpline on 0800 689 0500 to deal with your queries.

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