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A local holiday let owner accepted liability

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By Megan Bonar
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Stookie bride sues

A holiday let owner in Dunoon has paid a five-figure sum in damages to a guest who broke her ankle while staying at the shore-side property.

Laura Laing, 30, obtained an injury while staying with friends at a cabin in Clydeside Villa in Dunoon as part of her hen do in 2019.

The guest, from Edinburgh, was left wearing a cast on her wedding day as a result of the incident.

After raising a legal action the villa owner accepted liability and agreed an out-of-court settlement which helped Laura recover her losses.

Laura said: “We planned everything for months so to have it all go south because of slipping on mould was frustrating and upsetting all at the same time.

“I was in absolute agony but missing out on so many experiences like my first dance with my husband probably hurt more than my ankle.”

Laura and ten friends arrived at Clydeside Villa in Dunoon on February 15, 2019 after booking a £700 three-day stay on booking website Air B and B.

But at midday on the second day the trip was cut short when Laura – who was sober – slipped on the decking.

She said: “I knew immediately something was wrong as my ankle was pointing the wrong way.

“I remember crying and wondering what this meant for my wedding and the honeymoon.”

Laura was transported to Cowal Community hospital via ambulance before being transferred to Inverclyde. From there she was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) for surgery on February 17.

The owner of the villa admitted liability after it was argued they failed remove the mould build-up as it was a “reasonably foreseeable hazard”.

Laura was awarded £30,000, according to legal firm Digby Brown.

The property is managed by Argyll Self Catering holidays, who did not respond to our request for comment.

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