Two children, who suffered an emotional trauma while on a family vacation in Lanzarote, are each to receive 6,500 Euros holiday compensation for psychological injury from the travel company through whom the family booked their holiday.
The unnamed children were sleeping in their Los Orquideas apartment in Puerto del Carmen when intruders broke in at 3.00am. One of the intruders went into the children´s bedroom brandishing a long screwdriver and terrified the two children – who were aged eight and five at the time of the break-in in May 2002.
The intruders escaped with 1,600 Euros in cash, 12,000 Euros worth of jewellery, passports and a credit card. The parents of the children claimed injury compensation from Budget Travel on the basis that the company had failed to provide them with secure accommodation and, in a separate hearing at the Killarney Circuit Court obtained holiday compensation for psychological injury of 28,400 for their own loss of property and emotional trauma.
The compensation settlement for the two children was delayed to assess the extent of the psychological injury, but now their own settlements have been approved by a judge.