Injury on vacation at Sandals led to a 10-year legal battle


CBC NEWS: What was supposed to be a relaxing Caribbean vacation for Tom Klatt and his wife after a stressful year instead turned his life upside down.

One of Canada’s most high-profile private investigators, Klatt of Toronto was an active guy before a fall at a Sandals all-inclusive resort in Saint Lucia in 2009 left him with a severe leg injury.

“It destroyed me; to stay fit became a real battle,” Klatt said.  “I want to go for a walk with my son, and well, I can go to the end of the driveway.”

Now 12 years — and a decade-long legal battle — later, Klatt wants to warn Canadian travellers about how hard it is to hold others accountable for injuries sustained on vacation abroad.

Klatt’s case was heard in Ontario Superior Court, but the negligence laws of Saint Lucia applied to the case because that’s where he was injured.

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