Balcony Fall Accident Claims

Dangerous Hotel Balconies

Our holiday accident claims lawyers can help if you have sustained injuries after falling from a defective balcony at holiday accommodation.

Standards of building or design may not be the same in other countries as in the UK – and health and safety standards may also be different.

Sadly children are often the victims in falls from height involving hotel and holiday apartments – not only from balconies but also windows and staircases.

Low metal railings on hotel balcony at holiday hotel

Youngsters love to explore and climb, and holidaymakers must not assume building standards and regulations abroad will ensure they will be safe.

Preventing falls from height on holiday

When you are on a package holiday, it is the tour operator’s job to make sure you stay safe and well. Your holiday accommodation must also be of a “reasonable” standard and well maintained – if anything goes wrong on a package holiday which was not your fault, you are protected by the Package Travel Regulations 1992.

Simpson Millar LLP advises holiday makers to report anything in their holiday accommodation that may be potentially dangerous to their holiday representative – and ask to be moved if it causes concern, especially if you have children or elderly relatives with you. For example:

  • Balconies abroad may be constructed at a low height or with rails which enable children to slip through them and fall
  • Balcony furniture next to the balcony wall or railings can encourage youngsters to climb on them to look down below and fall
  • A balcony wall or railings are not necessarily strong enough to withstand being leaned on – or even used for sunbathing in the case of balcony walls –so don’t assume your balcony wall is safe enough to lean on.

Holiday makers should ask to be moved to a ground floor room if they are concerned and have children or elderly relatives who might fall from a balcony.

Tips for using hotel balconies safely

General safety tips for using your holiday accommodation balcony include:

  • Don’t leave children unsupervised on any balcony
  • Keep balcony doors locked when you are not using the balcony
  • Don’t leave balcony furniture such as chairs next to balcony railings or walls
  • Don’t lean over or sit on balcony walls or railings – and never sunbathe on a balcony wall in case it is not load bearing or you fall asleep and fall.

If you have suffered an accident on holiday you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. Call our Hotline now to receive FREE advice on how our experts could help you on 0808 145 1353 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.


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