Woman receives £24k payout after walking into glass door on holiday in Barbados
A British tourist was awarded £24,000 in compensation after she walked into a glass door while wearing her bikini at a luxury hotel on holiday in Barbados.
Moira Japp, 53, was staying at the Crystal Cove Hotel on the Caribbean island and was on her balcony when she heard the phone ring in her room and accidentally walked into the closed French windows as she went to answer the call.
The Daily Mail reports that the glass shattered and Mrs Japp suffered deep lacerations all over her body which could have been life-threatening, her lawyers argued.
Mrs Japp, from Worthing, West Sussex, sued Virgin Holidays Limited and received the £24,000 payout.
Her lawyers said the doors failed to comply with local safety regulations
But Virgin Holidays Limited has now taken the case to the Court of Appeal, arguing that the ruling could hurt the tourism industry.
The Daily Telegraph reports that lawyer Sarah Prager, representing Virgin Holidays, warned the judges against "exporting English standards" across the globe.
"Travel agents, when they send people off abroad, if they are told that facilities have to comply with English notions of reasonableness, that is going to create great difficulties for the English tourist industry in general," she said.
The judges' decision will be delivered at a later date.
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