Holidaymaker Jamie Norman, 27 is planning to sue waterpark owners of Aqualandia in Benidorm, Spain after he suffered extensive face and leg injuries whilst on the 60mph VertiGo slide.
The ride places thrill-seekers in a capsule standing 33 metres in the air and once the trapdoor opens they plummet down a steep slide into the water.
Sadly when it was Jamie’s go the trapdoor failed to open all of the way which resulted in severe injuries as he dropped.
Father-of-two electrician Jamie said “I could have been killed. If I’d been knocked unconscious I could have lost control and fallen and drowned in the pool. I took an almighty crack on my face” and he also claims that the pool was “full of blood”.
He said that despite being distressed and in a lot of pain he was told by park’s staff “We’ll sew you up” and instead of an ambulance being called he was treated by an on-site doctor.
Park staff offered him free tickets to the zoo by way of an apology as he was ushered to the exit and because Jamie was “in such a daze (he) went along with it”.
Back home in Radcliffe Jamie adds “I’m still in a lot of pain. I should be at home resting with my feet up but I have a family and a mortgage to pay so I’m having to go back to work”.
Jamie claims that the waterslide was reopened ten minutes after his injury despite his protests that it was unsafe. But a spokesman for Aqualandia said “We make exhaustive checks on our equipment daily. We would never open – or reopen – a ride that wasn’t safe”.
Making a claim if you’re injured on holiday
Being injured on holiday can prove to be even more traumatic and it could take the excitement away; but just like at home, an accident on holiday could mean you are due compensation.
If you’ve been injured on holiday in the UK or as part of a package holiday abroad you could be entitled to claim.
If you’re not sure if you’re due compensation then call Accident Advice Helpline and the staff will assist you with your claim.
Source: The Mirror
Date Published: July 15, 2014
Author: David Brown