When you go on holiday, you imagine yourself walking in the sunshine and generally relaxing. You might have been saving all year for a dream trip to the Caribbean or be holidaying on a budget in the South of Spain – it doesn’t matter as a holiday is always special, no matter where you go. The last thing on anybody’s mind on holiday is being injured in an accident, but unfortunately accidents abroad can and do happen. An accident whilst on holiday can be stressful, especially as you will be away from home, in a foreign country and possibly surrounded by people who don’t speak your language.
Planning ahead can go a long way towards staying safe whilst on holiday. Having accommodation organised before you arrive means you can ensure you have a good place to stay, and you can choose a hotel which will do its best to keep you safe.
No matter where you are injured, it can be very stressful, and while the types of accidents that could occur whilst on holiday are very similar to those that can occur when you are at home, you have the added disappointment that you won’t enjoy your time away and that you have wasted money on a holiday which has now been ruined. You could find you’re eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation if you have an accident on holiday, but it all depends on how you booked your trip. If you have booked a package deal through a UK tour operator then you could make a claim if you are injured abroad.
However, if you booked your flight and hotel separately, it’s generally not possible to make a claim. This is because UK tour operators take responsibility for you when you’re abroad – you are staying in a hotel that is in their portfolio and taking part in excursions which they have organised and are responsible for.
How could you be injured on holiday?
While most injuries tend to be minor ones, some of the injuries you could sustain from an accident whilst on holiday can be extremely serious. Hotels can have several floors and if you have a balcony, you have danger. Injuries incurred while you are on holiday can sometimes mean a painful or uncomfortable journey back home too. You could be injured after a slip or trip on uneven flooring in your hotel or by the hotel pool. Your children could be injured in an accident in the pool. Or you could suffer food poisoning after dining at the hotel during your holiday, and be confined to your room for the rest of your break. In all these cases, somebody else could be held liable – usually hotel management or your tour operator – for your accident, and you could have a viable claim for personal injury compensation.
You may even have suffered life-changing injuries on holiday which have left you permanently disabled. We can help you to get the compensation you are entitled to for any accident which was caused by somebody else’s negligence, provided it happened in the last three years.
What to do if you have an accident whilst on holiday
If you have an accident try to keep as calm as possible. Note down the details of what happened and visit a doctor for an assessment and treatment for injuries sustained whilst on holiday. You should be able to visit a doctor where you are staying so you won’t have to wait until you return home. If you have been seriously injured then you may need to undergo treatment in a hospital abroad. You will hopefully have travel insurance in place which will cover the cost of your treatment, but even if you pay for treatment out of your own pocket, you should be able to include these costs as part of your personal injury claim.
Who was to blame for your accident?
If you are considering a compensation claim, establishing who is liable for an accident whilst on holiday is essential, as you can only make a claim if someone else was liable for causing it. If you need help with this, the friendly advisors at Accident Advice Helpline can offer you advice.
What should you do once you get home?
Once you’re back in the UK, it’s a good time to start thinking about what you want to do next. It may be that you feel ready to make a personal injury claim. Or maybe you want to get some more advice first before you decide what you’re going to do. Either way, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline by calling us for advice, on a confidential, no-obligation basis.
You could claim compensation with Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline are legal experts who can help you make a compensation claim. As long as you were not at fault, we can explain how to claim compensation for an accident whilst on holiday, and make a claim on your behalf. We are experienced specialist personal injury lawyers with over 16 years’ experience of handling personal injury compensation claims. As we can handle most claims over the phone, you can even call us for advice while you are on holiday.
How much does it cost to make a claim?
We know that you might be struggling financially after blowing the budget on your dream holiday, and we believe that anybody who has been injured should be able to make a claim, regardless of their financial circumstances. So we can also help with the cost of making a claim for an accident whilst on holiday. All of our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, so there’s nothing to pay upfront to start your claim, making claiming affordable to anybody.
For more information about making a claim, talk to our advisors. It’s free if you call 0800 689 5659 to get confidential advice. There is no obligation to proceed with a claim at any point, so you have nothing to lose.