Tourist Sues Jet2Holidays After Being Injured By 'Divebombing' Kid In Swimming Pool
When you're overseas and staying at a resort which has a pool, you're usually confronted with people of all ages enjoying a nice dip. That's totally fine as long as they don't get in your way and no one gets hurt.
Well, unfortunately one holidaymaker in Spain was left with much more than a sun tan when he left the pool area.
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Graham Hyde was just hours into his wedding anniversary trip in Barcelona when disaster struck. He was gunning it down a slide at the Alegria Pineda Splash Hotel when a kid divebombed onto him as he came out.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Mr Hyde suffered neck and back trauma and was diagnosed with cervical neck concussion.
The dad-of-one has told the newspaper: "I saw something massive coming towards me and only realised later that it was a young lad and he literally landed with his backside on my head.
"I heard a massive crunch and can honestly say I thought my neck had snapped. The impact had such force, I was rotated 360 degrees underwater. It was quite scary as my toes and fingers were tingling and I had no real idea of what damage had been done."
Despite the lifeguards trying to help by applying both deep heat and ice packs, Graham went into shock and couldn't stop shaking. He says the combination of the two materials burned his skin.
The 44-year-old, from Worcestershire, was eventually taken to a hospital but had to wait hours for treatment. To add insult to injury, because of a cab strike in Barcelona, Graham, his wife and daughter had make their own way back to their hotel in the boiling summer heat.
That holiday nightmare was back in June and he's still experiencing pain and stiffness.
As a result, he's taken legal action against Jet2Holidays, with Slater and Gordon specialist injury lawyer Magdalena Knez saying: "Graham has been left with ongoing neck pain after spending just a few hours on a family holiday and has since been ignored by the holiday company."
She adds that they're not placing any blame on the kid that caused the accident, but are questioning why there wasn't any signage to warn guests about people shooting out of the slide.
Jet2Holidays says it can't comment on the issue because it's an ongoing legal investigation.
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