A recent decision of the Irish High Court in a Spanish personal injury case has clarified the law relating to package holidays in Ireland. The case related to the Package Holidays Trade and Travel Act  in which a young boy was hit by a ceiling fan on the back of the head which required three stitches. The accident happened in an aparthotel in Tenerife in August 2015.
The young boy’s father issued legal proceedings claiming compensation and the case was brought to the Irish Courts which is provided for under the Package Holidays Trade and Travel Act . His father claimed that the tour operator had breached its obligations of proper performance of its obligations under the Package Holidays Trade and Travel Act . The Plaintiff also claimed that the tour operator had not used reasonable skill and care in the provision of the service particularly with regard to the ceiling fan which the Plaintiff claimed was a hazard because it was placed at an unacceptably low level in the room.
The High Court judge who decided the case found that were was a breach of the duty of reasonable skill and care by the tour operator and therefore it was guilty of improper performance of its obligations under the Package Holidays Trade and Travel Act .
The Judge held that the hotel was on specific notice from the Plaintiff that there was a specific hazard in his room and they did not address it and as a result the accident happened and therefore they had to pay compensation for the young boy’s injuries.
Moloney & Co Solicitors act for people who unfortunately have injuries abroad. In many cases under EU law these claims can be brought before the Irish Courts under EU Regulations and Moloney Solicitors have expertise in this area.
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