We all look forward to taking holidays abroad when we can. For most of us, foreign holidays offer the chance to escape from the humdrum activities of daily life, relax and rejuvenate, whilst experiencing all the world has to offer. However, for many people each year, that dream holiday can turn into a nightmare. Thousands of British holidaymakers are injured in accidents that should not have happened each year, and this can not only put a dampener on their holidays, but it can also have a hugely detrimental effect on their lives when they get back home.
If you have been injured in an accident abroad that was not your fault, our team of personal injury experts here at Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you claim compensation for the injuries you sustained, provided it has been three years or less since your accident.
Are you eligible to claim compensation for your accident abroad?
If you have been injured in an accident abroad, you might find yourself back in the UK, recovering from your injuries and wondering whether or not you are eligible to make a personal injury claim. The good news is that if you were injured on holiday and you booked a package holiday with a UK-based tour operator, we can help you to claim compensation for any injuries sustained on your holiday. However, if you booked your flight and hotel independently online, we are unfortunately unable to help you with a personal injury claim. If you’re not quite sure whether you qualify to make a claim, or if you need any more advice, you can get in touch with us by calling our freephone helpline to speak to one of our expert advisors.
There are many types of accidents that could occur abroad, and many of them can leave victims with very serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries you could sustain from an accident abroad include:
- Whiplash from a car crash
- Broken bones from a slip, trip or fall, or a car crash
- Food poisoning from contaminated food
- Head injuries from slips, trips and falls
- Boating-related injuries
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to accidents and injuries that can be sustained abroad, which is why you need to do all you can to stay safe and avoid an accident abroad when you are on holiday. However, no matter how careful you are, somebody else could still cause an accident which could leave you injured, and if this has happened to you, we’re here to help. If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by somebody else’s negligence, we can make sure you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Are my injuries serious enough to claim compensation?
It’s easy to think that perhaps your injuries are not serious enough to warrant making a claim for personal injury compensation. When most of us think about personal injury claims, we imagine life-changing injuries. But you can actually make a claim for almost any injury, provided you sought medical attention after your accident. If your injuries required treatment, then we can help you to claim compensation after your accident, whether you sprained your ankle or suffered a serious head injury. No matter what has happened, you can trust our lawyers and advisors. We have over 16 years’ experience and a great track record of success.
How to stay safe on holiday
Staying safe during trips abroad is not too difficult, as long as you are prepared for all eventualities, stay alert and take the necessary precautions. One of the things that causes so many accidents abroad is alcohol. Although it is only natural that you will want to let your hair down when on holiday, it is important that, if you have had a drink, you stay away from dangerous areas, such as high balconies, swimming pools and cliffs. Driving in a foreign country can also be the cause of a lot of accidents, which is why it is important that you familiarise yourself with the rules of the road in the country where you will be driving.
Not only that, but you should ensure that any car you hire comes from a reputable source, and is in good condition before you drive it. Exercise caution when eating food at a buffet abroad – check that food looks fresh and is hot (if cooked) and that the surroundings are hygienic, as hotel buffets are often the cause of food poisoning incidents abroad.
Who is liable for an accident abroad?
Establishing who is liable for an accident abroad is something that you will need to do before you set about claiming compensation for an accident abroad. Liability could fall to a tour operator, hotelier, or any number of other people, which is why it may be a good idea to give us a call, we will be able to discuss liability and the cost of making a claim for an accident abroad with you.
What to do now
You may be upset at the fact your holiday has been ruined, and the fact that you are financially out of pocket after your dream holiday went wrong, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on making a claim for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline’s lawyers work on a no win no fee basis, so you can make a claim without having to worry about how you will afford the cost of upfront legal fees. If you would like to benefit from our confidential, no-obligation advice, you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 5659.
No matter how you have been injured, you could be entitled to compensation for the cost of your holiday, as well as for your pain and suffering and any loss of earnings you have suffered on return to the UK. If an accident abroad has left you out of pocket, get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.