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Woman Falls Down Steps On Holiday And Receives Compensation

Irwin Mitchell has assisted a woman to claim compensation after she fell down some steps whilst on holiday in Cornwall.

Our client, who is 38 years old, was injured when she tripped and fell down a flight of steps leading to a beach, during a holiday in Cornwall.  The steps provided access to the beach and were uneven with loose rocks on them. 

As she went down the steps she tripped over one of the loose rocks and fell.  She managed to make her way back up the steps with the help of her husband, to a nearby cafe where first aid was given.   Her husband took her to Newquay Hospital where it was found she had a fracture of the fibula, the outside calf bone.  A below-the-knee cast was applied and she was on crutches for several weeks. 
Our client was a keen runner and cyclist before her accident and even after 9 months, she had not resumed any of those sporting activities.  She also found it difficult to do any household duties or care for her children in the initial weeks.
A claim was made against the owners of the steps who denied liability.  A compromise settlement was agreed on the basis that both the owners of the steps and the client held some responsibility for the accident. She received £3,000 in settlement of her claim, together with payment of her legal costs.

If you or a loved on has had an accident whilst abroad, our accident and illness claims team could help you to secure compensation. See our Holiday Accident Claims page for more information.

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