Two families who were injured in a coach accident while on holiday in France seek to make a claim for compensation for the injuries they sustained in the crash.
The Hannah family of Orskirk and the Rothwell-Bowness family of Aughton were vacationing in France in January this year. They, along with thirty-two other British citizens-were due to be transferred by coach from the ski-resort La Rosière to Chambéry Airport in order to catch their flight home. The coach lost control on route, left the road and overturned. It eventually was stopped by the guard rails alongside the road, preventing them from falling into the nearby ravine.
The parents of the two families suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash, but all six children travelling with them only sustained minor injuries. The parents admit that they are lucky to be alive after such a potentially fatal accident. The French police are still investigating the reasons as to why the coach lost control.
Sarah Rothwell-Bowness (42) sustained deep lacerations to her right arm, and broke her wrist in the accident. She has received surgery in both France and the UK to have pins inserted. She must have further surgery next year to remove these pins. Medical professionals have informed her that she may never regain full use of her wrist again.
Gary Hannah (44) suffered damage to his shoulder resulting in nerve damage, and must undergo physiotherapy in order to regain full use of his arm. Katie Hannah (40) sustained multiple cuts to her arm. She is due to have an operation later this year to remove a shard of glass that is still lodged in her arm. She is likely to have permanent scarring.
The families have hired a solicitor together to see whether or not the accident could be deemed as preventable. If so, they could make an injury claim for compensation for injuries sustained in a coach accident in France against Esprit Holidays of Godalming in Surrey-the tour operator through which the trip was booked.
Sarah, while speaking to her local press, stated: “We had a great trip in France but the day of the crash has to be one of the worst of my life. We all simply want to know what happened and what can be done to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The last few months have been the most difficult time of my life and I would not want anyone to have to face what I’ve been through.”