A man who was seriously injured while on honeymoon is waiting to hear how much injury compensation for falling from a guest house balcony he is entitled to.
On 21st September 2015, Matt and Marilyn Bullivant arrived at the Chellowdene guest house in Falmouth, Cornwall, for the start of a week-long honeymoon. After checking into in their room, Matt (36) put the kettle and, while waiting for it to boil, stepped out onto the guest house balcony. Unfortunately, as Matt rested against a balustrade, it gave way under his weight and the newlywed from Peterborough fell fifteen feet to the ground below.
Matt was taken to hospital, where he was treated for serious head and back injuries and a shattered right hand. He spent most of his honeymoon in hospital recovering from his injuries and was unable to return to his job as a warehouseman for three and a half months. A year after the accident, Matt still suffers severe pain from the metal plate in his right hand and has lost sensation in the top half of his back.
An investigation into the cause of Matt´s accident found that the balcony had been inadequately maintained. The guest house owners – Troy and Julie McCann – were prosecuted by Cornwall Council´s Public Protection Department for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act and last week pleaded guilty to the charges at Truro Magistrates´ Court. Both owners were fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £3,037 costs.
Matt has already taken steps to recover injury compensation for falling from a guest house balcony and has been waiting for the health and safety prosecution to conclude before moving ahead with his claim. He told his local newspaper: “I was angry with them to start with – they should’ve maintained the property. If it was my wife or kids out on the balcony they could’ve died.”