An enforced building code would have prevented this accident and saved a tourism scandal

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British court decision could harm Bajan tourism

  • How Briton who walked into glass door in a bikini could push up the price of holidays after winning £24,000 payout
  • Moira Japp, 53, won the claim against Virgin Holidays for the 2008 accident
  • She sued because the door in her room was not made of toughened glass
  • Ruling could mean greater costs for UK holidaymakers

A compensation payout to a holidaymaker who suffered life-threatening injuries after walking into a glass door in her bikini is threatening to leave the UK travel industry in chaos, top judges have heard.

Lawyers have warned that an award to Moira Japp, who was hurt during her stay at an exclusive Caribbean hotel, will ‘create great difficulties for the tourist industry’ by expecting ‘far-flung exotic places’ to comply with British health and safety standards.

Mrs Japp had been relaxing on her balcony at the Crystal Cove Hotel in Barbados when she heard a phone ring inside, and accidentally walked into the closed French windows which led into her room.

The glass shattered and she suffered deep lacerations all over her body which, according to her lawyers, could have been life-threatening.

In October last year Mrs Japp, 53, from Worthing, West Sussex, sued trip organisers Virgin Holidays Limited and was awarded £24,000 damages.

However the company are now asking the Appeal Court to overturn that decision.

Read the full article at the Daily Mail

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5 responses to “An enforced building code would have prevented this accident and saved a tourism scandal

  1. Peter Quinlan

    Let’s see if I’ve gotten this correct: she’s sitting out on her balcony, correct? Therefore she closed the glass doors herself (no doubt to keep the room cool with the A/C going)…so I presume she had a few cocktails (she’s on vacation after all) & she sued because of her drunken stupidity ?? And she won???
    I’ve got to hire that Lawyer!😉

  2. NAIR

    Where was the negligence on the part of Crystal Cove? Is an hotel supposed to cover for every possible eventuality? This was a genuine accident and the person should have had adequate personal accident and medical insurance to cover such an accident. PERHAPS CRYSTAL COVE WAS NEGLIGENT BY NOT SUING JAP FOR A REPLACEMENT DOOR AND LOSS OF INCOME IF THE ROOM COULD NOT BE OCCUPIED DURING THE REPAIR PERIOD.

    WAS ANY TEST DONE FOR THE LEVEL OF ALCOHOL IN HER? Very essential test in such cases.

  3. BFP

    Because these types of accidents are so common, especially in a tourist environment where the hotel serves drinks, most building codes stipulate safety glass / lexan and visible markings on glass doors and floor length windows. As Barbados has no real building code that can be lawfully enforced, the hotel was able to use thin, weak non-safety glass that made the door an almost fatal hazard. Case closed.

  4. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    if you advertise in my country to lure me to your country , I need to be as safe in your country as i would be in mine,My country laws may need to follow me to your country, Why would i pay to visit you and be unsafe?
    Barbados and building code ? The same fire that kill 6 girls? on Baxters road with not back fire door? the same building built over a cave by BLP leader MIA Mottley , who also killed with the permission of Town and Country Mark Cummings,That a case that need to go to court. is it safety first or money first?
    Barbados courts need to be taken to court for all of the English and Queen laws they under mind with FRAUD,
    As shown you must leave Barbados to get justice.
    If records show that his has happen before then there is a need to look out for people you allow to get drunk and smoke pot in the room in the name of money. The people are not used to the new surrounding and you must look out for them as you look out for their money.
    As a matter of safety all need to be safety glass for its a zone for storms and if the storm is very bad all doors and windows may also be broken , meaning more court cases,
    People first not money , pay now or pay later.

  5. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2013 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad