A newlywed, who was gravely injured after he fell from the balcony of a quest house whilst on his honeymoon, is due to be compensated for the accident.
Matt and Marilyn Bullivant began their stay at the Chellowdene guest house in Falmouth, Cornwall, on the 21st September 2015. The couple checked into their room and Matt – aged thirty-six from Peterborough – put on the kettle and then stepped out onto the balcony adjoining their room. However, once Matt leaned against a balustrade, it collapsed and Matt fell fifteen feet before hitting the ground.
The newlywed was rushed to hospital, where he received treatment for serious injuries to his head, back and hand, which had been shattered. The rest of his honeymoon was spent in hospital, and it took three and a half months for him to recover enough to return to work in a warehouse. However, even now, Matt still has a metal plate in his hand – which causes him a lot of pain – and has reduced sensation in his back.
An investigation of Matt’s accident was carried out and it determined that the balcony was not adequately maintained. Troy and Julie McCann, who own the guest house, were subsequently prosecuted by the Cornwall Council’s Public Protection Department for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Earlier this month, they plead guilty to the charges at Truro Magistrates’ Court and were fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £3,037 in costs.
The couple have consulted a personal injuries solicitor and have been waiting for the resolution of the health and safety case before claiming compensation themselves. Speaking to a local paper, Matt said that “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.” He has now proceeded to claim for compensation.