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.
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