Bunk bed collapsed while my children were sleeping. Can we claim for their injuries?


A bunk bed accident can have drastic consequences and result in serious injury, from children's limbs becoming trapped to suffocation.

If your children are injured because their bunk bed collapsed while you were on holiday, and it was the fault of the hotel, then you might be able to claim compensation.

Can I make a claim?

To claim compensation you must prove:
  • The hotel was negligent, for example the bed was faulty or they failed to set it up correctly
  • Your children's injury was a direct result of the bunk bed collapsing

If the bed was faulty, it should have been noticed by hotel staff and the hotel owner informed - a failure by the hotel to do this is negligent. If they failed to set up the bunk bed safely, then again the hotel is at fault.

Ensure that you report the accident to the hotel and keep any evidence of visits to the hospital or GP.

Take photographs of the collapsed bunk bed, because you will need these when you get back home.

You can claim for your injury and pain, as well as the distress and suffering that was caused - because an accident such as this is sure to ruin any holiday.

How long do I have to make a claim on my child's behalf?

If you purchased your flights and accommodation together from a tour operator then you were on a package holiday. Therefore, you will generally have until your child is 18 to make a claim for compensation on their behalf.

If your holiday is not part of a package, you may have a much shorter time frame in which to pursue a claim. Please seek legal advice to find out more.

However, it is sensible to bring the claim as soon as you possibly can. Tour operators and hotels may destroy, archive or misplace important documents over time and key witnesses may become difficult to trace.

Do I need a solicitor?

Due to the sensitive nature of claims like this it is important to find a solicitor to guide you through the process and secure compensation for your child.

Your solicitor will be able to prove your hotel was at fault by using the evidence you gathered whilst on holiday. Their aim is to get the best compensation award possible for your child.

In addition to this, a solicitor can tell you if you were booked on a package holiday or not as this will significantly alter the way your claim is dealt with.

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