A father-of-two has been left unable to work, in constant pain and in dire financial straits after a golf cart crash at a five-star hotel in Bali.
Curtis Bransby, his wife and their daughters, aged three and five, were passengers on a buggy taking them from their room to a pool at the $600-a-night Karma Kandara hotel in Ungasan on September 20.
But the vehicle crashed into another buggy while being driven along the luxury clifftop resort’s ‘steep and slippery’ paths, the Perth man said.
The crash sent him flying into a brick wall, shattering his arm. Mr Bransby, 47, told 7News that the accident ‘blew my arm to pieces’, leaving it ‘hanging behind my back like a piece of string’.
His three-year-old, who was sitting on his lap, was also thrown from the vehicle and though he was able to shield her, she still suffered a bruised forehead in the crash.
Perth man Curtis Bransby (pictured) has been left unable to work and in dire financial straits after a golf cart crash at a five-star hotel in Bali where prices start at around $600 per night
The Karma Kandara hotel (pictured) in Ungasan, Bali, is a luxurious and expensive resort
His wife and their other daughter were uninjured, as was the buggy driver, who was a hotel employee.
The people on the other cart did not sustain major injuries.
A hotel report given to Mr Bransby said the cart’s ‘brake was faulty, it went out of control and collided with another buggy’.
He needed immediate surgery and spent nine days in BIMC Hospital in Bali before flying home to Western Australia.
The family’s travel insurance covered $26,000 in medical expenses, but Mr Bransby has been unable to work ever since and does not know when he will be well enough to return to his job at a disability service provider.
He has been diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, which is described as ‘excess and prolonged pain and inflammation’ – a condition that can be permanent.
Mr Bransby suffers from throbbing and cramping pains and if he bumps his arm or moves awkwardly the agony is ‘unbearable’.
‘I have to elevate my arm every night to reduce swelling and when I awake my arm feels like it is in rigor mortis,’ he said.
‘I have to slowly wiggle my fingers, then my hand, then bend my arm before I am able to move, every day.’
The constant pain and inability to work for more than two months has left him worried about his job, and his wife’s parents have already loaned the family $10,000 so they don’t default on their mortgage.
The crash sent Mr Bransby flying into a brick wall, leaving his arm ‘hanging behind my back like a piece of string’. His x-ray is pictured
The vehicle crashed into another buggy while being driven along the luxury clifftop resort’s (pictured) paths
But that is only a short-term solution to what could be a long-term problem and the family is stressed and under pressure.
He wants the hotel to cover his lost wages and rescheduled flights, but so far all it has offered is a $7,600 ex-gratia payment, which would be ‘a full and final settlement, without admission to liability,’ Karma Group, which owns the hotel, said.
Mr Bransby said the company paying his lost income would ‘morally’ be the right thing to do. ‘What would have happened if my daughter had died?’
In a letter to him, the Karma Group said compensation for loss of income ‘falls outside the coverage provided by our third-party insurance policy’.
The dad, who expects to be off work until at least January, said he is ‘heartbroken’ by the ‘lowly offer’ of just $7,600 in compensation.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Bransby and Karma Group for further comment.