Have You Had An Accident Whilst On Holiday?
Approximately 1 million people every year suffer from an injury due to an accident whilst on holiday abroad. If you or a member of your family had an accident or were injured overseas as a direct result of negligence on someone else’s behalf, then then our expert solicitors could help you get the compensation you rightly deserve.
Types Of Holiday Accidents
We know that for most people, holidays are something that you save for, work hard for and look forward to every year. We also appreciate that when something goes wrong on your trip and you are injured as a result if it, you miss out on valuable and precious days that you can’t get back
There are a multitude of various different scenarios and circumstances in which accidents can happen, but here are just a few of the most common ones we deal with:
Road Traffic Accidents, whether you were the passenger, driver or pedestrian.
Slips, trips & falls.
Injuries caused during sporting activities e.g., Skiing/water sports.
Injuries obtained during flights, transfers, ferries, etc.
Scalds and burns (e.g., from hot drinks being spilt on you).
We can also help you claim for injuries that have occurred whilst on cruise ships, planes, boats and even those sustained on the beach. Just because you don’t see your injury listed here doesn’t mean we can’t help so please don’t hesitate to contact us for free, no obligation advice on your individual case.
A lot of accidents occur as a result of participation in extreme sports. If you are planning on skiing, snowboarding, parachuting, paragliding or similar then it as advisable that you are aware of the risks ahead of time and ensure you have adequate insurance before you travel.
Can I Claim Accident Abroad Compensation?
We see various different types of injuries suffered by clients as a result of incidents or accidents that occur whilst in the hotel, hire car, during excursions or simply out shopping. In most cases they are caused by a third party, whether that be a hotel, excursion management, vehicle rental company or even an airline operator. Whoever or whatever was the root cause of your accident, we understand that being injured whilst in a foreign country must have been stressful and traumatic and we are here to help you get recompense for what you endured.
If you booked a package holiday via a tour-operator, you will be covered by special regulations and your operator should be able to assist you easily with the process of making a claim. However, if you organised the holiday yourself, booking your own flights, accommodation and transfers separately, then you will need a solicitor to help with your holiday injury compensation claim.
If you have had an accident or been hurt whilst on holiday and it was not your fault then our travel lawyers have years of experience handling accident abroad claims and will work with you to get you the compensation you deserve.
How Can Sarah Waddington Solicitors Help?
Our experienced, knowledgeable and trusted holiday accident claims solicitors are experts at what they do and will never take on a client if they do not feel that there is a valid case. Our holiday injury compensation services include;
Full cancellation rights
No win no fee basis
No hidden costs
Handling of the entire process on your behalf
Unlike claims agencies, we are qualified to directly issue legal proceedings to fight for your compensation if necessary.
If you have been in contact with your tour operator regarding the injury but have not received a satisfactory response then you will need to make an independent claim. This claim will be subject to the law of that country where your holiday took place and therefore, expert legal knowledge will be required.
At Sarah Waddington Solicitors, we provide our clients with the peace of mind in knowing that we will handle everything on their behalf, successfully liaising with insurance companies and negotiating with defendants to try to recover the maximum possible compensation for their claim.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured whilst On Holiday?
If you are involved in an accident whilst abroad, it is important to ensure that you report the accident to the holiday representative, the hotel, excursion manager or whoever is relevant as soon as possible. Asking for an official complaint form and getting this signed by either the hotel staff or your tour representative will act as proof that your accident occurred and will confirm the dates and location.
If you are hurt then you should seek medical treatment immediately. Be sure to keep any receipts, paperwork or documentation for medical intervention and expenses such as taxi journeys or medication. Where possible, collate as much information as you can, take photographs and ask other guests if they would be happy to provide a written witness statement for you along with their contact details. This will all aid the validity of your claim on your return home.
It is advisable to start your holiday accident claim as soon as you can after returning home. This will ensure that the details of the accident are still fresh in your mind and that you are well within the strict three-year time limit for holiday injury claims.
Contact Us Today
If you would like to find out more about holiday accident compensation claims then do not hesitate to get in touch and one of our knowledgeable, friendly team will be happy to help.
Remember, there will be no pressure from us to proceed with making a claim, we are here to answer your questions and provide a free, no obligation consultation.
How Much Compensation Could I Be Owed?
The amount of compensation you could be entitled to will depend upon the severity of the injury and can range from a thousand pounds to over a million.
If your injury also led to extra expenses then you could be entitled to ‘special damages’. This includes things like:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss or damage of possessions
- Medical treatment costs
- Ongoing care and rehabilitation