A mum, who fell down a large hole on a holiday in Mexico, is reported to be taking legal action against the tour operator.
Marie Honey was on holiday with her family in Mexico in November last year, when the accident happened. They were staying at the Riviera Maya Hotel for a family wedding.
On the last day of their holiday, Ms Honey was walking outside the hotel when she stepped on a wooden board that unbeknown to her was covering a large hole. The board had been painted green, but when she stepped on it, it gave way beneath her.
She fell 10 feet to the bottom of the concrete-lined hole, suffering terrible injuries in the process. She suffered three fractures of the spine and a damaged coccyx, and the injuries meant that she had to spend three months in hospital before she could return to the UK. Even after returning, she had to wear a back brace for three months, and has been unable to work since.
The Liverpool Echo reports that she is now taking legal action against the tour company – TUI UK Ltd (owners of Thomson) – for compensation. The paper reports that the firm has not yet admitted liability for the accident.
A spokesperson for the company is reported as stating that they were sorry to hear of Ms Honey’s injuries, but could not comment further due to the ongoing case. They did however reassure that customer health and safety is a primary concern, and they have procedures to ensure this at their hotels.