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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Beach accidents: Irresponsible watercraft operatives


    Holidays by the seaside, near lakes or rivers often involve boat trips, rafting and similar adventures. This usually entails relying on the assumption that watercraft operatives offering their services are in compliance with relevant health and safety regulations.

    Boating accidents

    While most watercraft operatives are aware of the fact that they may be held liable to pay personal injury compensation if someone is injured by accident because their equipment is faulty or necessary safety precautions are not in place, some operators seem to be either ignorant of this fact or simply do not care. It is therefore, essential to ensure any operator likely to be used is reputable and known to regard customer safety as a top priority.

    Slips, trips and falls

    Boats, rafts and other watercraft must be maintained in full working order at all times to prevent injuries by faulty equipment. Safety equipment (life vests, and so on) must be provided, as should instruction in safety/emergency procedures. In addition, operators are required to prevent injuries by slipping or tripping on the craft in question; on paths or passages approaching the craft and, of course, in/on other related premises.

    Public liability claims

    Should you have been the victim of an accidental injury due to an irresponsible operator during the last three years, you may be entitled to claim for compensation. You can confirm your claim eligibility by completing the 30-second test on the website of Accident Advice Helpline. If you prefer to talk to someone about the situation, you can make a free call to the company’s 24/7 helpline and speak to an advisor. Helpful, friendly and experienced in all compensation claim matters, the advisor will establish the likelihood of success before offering you the no win no fee* services of an in-house lawyer specialising in travel injury compensation.

    Personal injury compensation

    Although a call to this line does not put you under any obligation to pursue a personal injury claim (or use this law firm, for that matter), you should certainly consider it. While being injured on holiday is no laughing matter and may, depending on the injury’s severity, place you under tremendous stress and potential financial burden, claiming for compensation is not just about getting money. Claims are often followed by investigations into how the accident causing your injury was allowed to happen in the first place. Such an investigation could well help to prevent others being injured in the future.

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    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.