Case study: man injures his back on a walking holiday after a fall

At YouClaim, our specialist solicitors have handled many cases involving people who have suffered a back injury while on holiday. Take a look at the case study below to see how we helped a man who fell while on a walking trip.

The accident

While on a guided walking holiday, our client fell from a mountain ridge and sought our help to make a claim for a back injury.

The walk was part of a package deal booked through a travel agent and involved walking through unspoiled mountains in North East Spain. During the walk, the recommended path was obstructed and the guide had to find another route for the group. Our client slipped on some loose ground and fell backwards, hitting his back on a large flat rock.

The guide left the group unattended to seek help from mountain rescue, who came and took our client to the nearest hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He was diagnosed with severe bruising, soft tissue injuries and three fractured ribs. Doctors informed him that if he had fallen in another way, the incident could have proved fatal.

The claim

Understandably, the accident resulted in the man being unable to enjoy the remainder of his holiday, and it took several months for him to be unable to walk unaided.

The client contacted our solicitors enquiring whether he would be entitled to make a claim. After explaining the circumstances, we advised that he should make a claim against the tour operator who he had booked his walking holiday with.

Settling the case: compensation

We took on the case on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, meaning he would not be responsible for costs and fees, regardless of the outcome. Our team helped the client put forward his case, and an offer of £3,600 for damages was made by the tour operator - the client rejected this offer as he did not feel this would compensate him fully for the serious back injury sustained.

The case then went to court and was settled successfully at £10,240 compensation, which covered nine weeks of lost earnings, medical expenses, compensation for the pain suffered and the cost of the holiday.

Have you been through something similar?

If you have suffered a back injury while on holiday, and think you have a case to claim compensation, YouClaim is on hand. Our personal injury experts can provide advice on your claim and let you know whether you will be entitled to compensation.

Think you have a claim? Get in touch with us today on 0800 10 757 95 or read more here.