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Tragic electrocutions in the Caribbean

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My colleagues have been contacted in relation to similar cases, notably in St Lucia.  In one case, the client was electrocuted because of a live wire in a swimming pool light fitting.  In another case where we have recently received instructions the client received a major electric shock from a metal food cover on a hot plate.  These accidents have happened when our clients have been going about normal, mundane activities.  This shows how reliant holidaymakers are on the maintenance procedures and checks put in place by the hotel they are staying at.

Standards differ from country to country.  It can be very difficult to pursue personal injury claims in some jurisdictions which is why it is important to always seek specialist advice if you are injured abroad.

What can you do to avoid the risk of injury in the first place?  Well, as the cases mentioned above show, electrocution can be a particularly difficult injury to avoid.  The best way to protect yourself and your family is to book a regulated package holiday with a reputable UK based tour operator.  That way, you can bring proceedings against the tour operator if you are injured while using the services and facilities that form part of the package holiday.   

Chris Deacon

Solicitor - Claims Abroad team

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