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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

    How to claim for trips and slips on a ship’s deck or stairs


    Sustaining injuries by trips and slips on a ship’s deck or stairs could mean you are entitled to make a personal injury claim against the ship’s operator.

    Claiming after trips and slips on a ship’s deck or stairs

    How and when to claim compensation for injuries by trips and slips on a ship’s deck or stairs depends on:

    • Who the tour operator is
    • Where the journey started/ended

    If, for instance, you were injured by tripping or slipping aboard a cruise ship that departed from and ended up at a UK port, you would claim under the terms and conditions of the Athens Convention. In this case, your claim must be initiated within two years of your trip or slip injury and the operator will automatically be presumed to be at fault (liable for your accidental injury) unless they can prove that someone else was responsible for your injury on a ship.

    Foreign ports

    If on the other hand, your slip or trip happened on a ship that departed from a foreign port, you can claim if:

    • The operator was a company in the UK
    • The ship did not stop off at in-between ports
    • Your slip or trip injury happened within the last three years

    Claims made under these circumstances are made under the terms and conditions of the Package Travel Regulations from 1992, which means here, you are required to prove that the operator was responsible for your personal injury.

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    Evidence

    Proving that an operator was responsible for an injury by slipping or tripping necessitates gathering of evidence to support your claim. Supporting evidence may include:

    • Photos of the scene of your slip, trip or fall
    • Photos and documentation (medical records) of your injury, its extent and any treatment/medication you required to aid recovery
    • Witness statements (these must include witnesses’ names and current contact information)
    • Statements by attending first aid/medical personnel
    • Receipts for out-of-pocket expenses (medical bills, transport costs)

    If you also intend to claim for loss of earnings, pay slips and/or bank statements must also be provided.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    As a law firm boasting more than 15 years’ experience in securing personal injury compensation for members of the public, we have a team of in-house solicitors with all the skills and know-how to settle your claim quickly and efficiently. Enlist our help today by having an informal, no-obligation chat with one of our advisors on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 using a UK landline or a mobile now.

    Date Published: February 21, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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