A tourist, who broke her leg and suffered head injuries when falling down a pool maintenance shaft while holidaying in Turkey, has been compensated by the holiday firm through who she booked her vacation.
Michelle Dragon (49) from Southend, Essex, had been on holiday with some friends in the resort town of Marmaris in 2006, and was returning to her room at the Club Sarba Hotel when the accident happened. A shaft which was used for storage and pool maintenance had been left uncovered by hotel staff and Michelle – not aware that the grill had been removed – fell down into the shaft, knocking herself unconscious and breaking her right leg.
Due to her injuries Michelle spent ten days in a Turkish Hospital, during which time she underwent two operations in order to attach metal plates to her broken leg in order for her to travel home. On her return to the UK, Michelle underwent eight months of rehabilitation – having to re-learn how to walk again with a metal brace attached.
In 2008, Michelle was capable of returning to work – although only for 25 hours per week – but, in 2009, she had to undergo a further operation to take a bone graft from her hip to fuse her damaged ankle. At the time Michelle´s doctors were afraid that she may lose her leg, but Michelle recovered sufficiently to walk with the assistance of crutches.
After taking legal counsel, Michelle sued the travel firm through which she had booked the holiday – Goldtrail Holidays – and although they had gone out of business in 2010, a settlement was reached with their insurers for an undisclosed six-figure sum.