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Poolside Explosion Victim Receives £120,000 Payout

Accidents suffered whilst you are on holiday can throw up particular legal difficulties when it comes to seeking financial redress. However, as the case of a young woman who sustained serious burns in a poolside explosion showed, expert personal injury lawyers are more than capable of rising to the challenge.

Aged eight at the time, the woman was holidaying in Spain with her family. She and her mother were in a canteen beside a tourist hotel's pool when nearby fuel canisters exploded. She sustained serious second-degree burns. Her claim for damages was complicated by the fact that the tour operator through which the holiday was booked subsequently became insolvent.

In response, she focused her claim against the proprietor of the hotel and insurers. Early admissions of liability were made and a £120,000 lump-sum settlement of her claim was successfully negotiated. Approving the settlement, the High Court noted that it was an important day for her and her family. Given that she would shortly attain adulthood, the Court agreed that the money should simply be paid into a nominated account for her benefit.