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Compensation for an Electric Shock in a Hotel Due to Faulty Wiring

Can my wife claim compensation for electric shock in hotel due to faulty wiring? Can the claim be made in the UK or will it need to be made in Italy where the accident happened?

Question:

Can my wife claim compensation for electric shock in hotel due to faulty wiring? Can the claim be made in the UK or will it need to be made in Italy where the accident happened?

Answer:

Compensation for an electric shock in a hotel due to faulty wiring can be claimed for an accident abroad provided that your wife sustained an injury which was of sufficient severity for her to seek medical attention. The accident must also have represented a failure in a duty of care and been the result of negligence of the hotel staff.

A claim for electric shock in hotel due to faulty wiring will only be possible in the UK if the holiday was booked as a package trip. Package holidays are covered under The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations (1992) and tour operators and travel agents are responsible for ensuring that the standard of accommodation provided as part of a package is of a suitable standard. At this present time no such legislation exists in the UK to enable independent overseas travellers to make a holiday electric shock claim in the UK.

If you booked your trip as a package holiday, rather than claiming compensation for electric shock in hotel due to faulty wiring against the hotel in question, the claim would be made against the tour operator or travel agent used to book your holiday. However, compensation for an electric shock in a hotel is only likely to be awarded if the accident was reported to the hotel staff and a complaint should also have been made to the tour operator or travel agent. In order to determine whether you can make a claim for electric shock compensation in the UK under this legislation you should seek legal advice from a holiday accident solicitor.

If you booked your holiday independently, it does not mean that you are not entitled to make a claim for electric shock in hotel due to faulty wiring; only that in order to do so you would need to take legal action in Italy against the hotel in question. You should bear in mind that the laws for claiming compensation for faulty wiring in a hotel in Italy will be different to those in the UK, and the timescales for doing so and for receiving a compensation payment may also be different.

A claim for an electric shock in a hotel due to faulty wiring should be made whenever possible due to the long term health problems that can result from such an injury. Pain can persist for a considerable time after such an injury has been sustained, and it is important that action is taken to ensure that other hotel guests do not run the risk of sustaining a similar electric shock injury on holiday.