Compensation for a slip on water in a hotel room has been awarded to a Lanarkshire woman who sustained head injuries while on holiday in Tenerife.
Sylvia McNicholl (49) from Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire sustained her injuries while on a family holiday in the Fanabe Costa Sur Hotel in Tenerife in May 2008.
On the first night of her holiday, Sylvia got up to help her three-year-old son who wanted to go to the bathroom and slipped on water which had leaked from an air conditioning unit.
As she fell, Sylvia hit her head on the door of a cupboard and was knocked unconscious. When she came round, Sylvia was taken to hospital where she needed stitches for her head wound; from which she still suffers from headaches and dizziness.
When she returned to the UK, Sylvia sought legal advice and discovered she could make a claim compensation for a slip on water in a hotel room as the hotel had not maintained a maintenance schedule for the faulty air conditioning system as required under Spanish law.
The travel agents through who Sylvia had booked the holiday – Thomas Cook – admitted their liability for her injury, and the two parties agreed a settlement of £37,000 in compensation for a slip on water in a hotel room to account for Sylvia´s pain and suffering at the time of the accident, a contribution towards her loss of earnings and the cost of the ruined holiday.