The Court of Appeal handed down their decision in the above case in November 2013. The defendant’s appeal was unsuccessful, the Appeal Court upholding the first instance decision in favour of the claimant. The result is confirmation that, when an accident occurs and holiday accommodation requires to be assessed for compliance with local standards, the standards which are to be applied are those in force at the time of construction of the property rather than at the time of the accident. It is the most authoritative case for such types of cases at present.
By April Meechan, Associate Solicitor, Bonnar Accident Law
At this time of year, many people get down to planning a ‘trip of a lifetime’ adventure holiday in some far-flung exotic location.
In the aftermath of last year’s Luxor balloon tragedy, I looked at the Guardian Online edition which chronicled the troubled and troubling history of hot air balloon accidents over Luxor and Karnak.
The article noted that in June 2008 four Scottish holidaymakers were injured when the balloon in which they were travelling crash landed. Bonnar & Co. acted for those holidaymakers. I remember thinking how terrible an ordeal it must have been for them and a number of points occurred to me as I looked at the terrible recent news.