Hotel Balconies in Spotlight Again when 3 year old Fought for his Life


A three year old has been left with a potential traumatic brain injury after a speaker fell from a hotel balcony at the Yasmin Resort in Bodrum, Turkey and landed on his head. This is a less common kind of holiday accident involving a balcony, but still raises questions over the safety standards at some resorts.

Balcony and swimming pool

Unusual, but Devastating Circumstances

It was recently reported in the Daily Mail that Stanley Burch, from Rainham, Kent, was lying by the pool when a large sound speaker, believed to be about 1 metre in height, fell onto his head, fracturing his skull and causing a bleed on his brain. The blow severely injured Stanley and he was raced to hospital, spending a week in intensive care before he was able to fly back to the UK.

Stanley is now said to be recovering well back at home in Kent. The family are now considering a holiday accident claim against Thomson Holidays, who sold them the package holiday.

The circumstances of the accident aren't currently clear. The public is currently unaware of how such a large speaker fell from the balcony, and why.

What's Involved?

Nick Harris, Head of International Holiday Travel Law at Simpson Millar LLP read about the accident and explains what would be involved in a possible holiday accident claim:

"What would add to the complexity of Stanley's case is the fact that he has suffered a major head injury at such a young age. The effects of such an injury, particularly on a young child are very difficult to determine.

Time, and careful consideration will be required, so that the future needs of Stanley can be properly assessed, meaning that he can get the proper amount of compensation that he needs after such a traumatic injury. This would be used to help and maintain his quality of life."

If you’ve been injured in an accident abroad at the resort, the Package Travel Regulations allow you to make a claim against the UK tour operator who sent you there.

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