Accidents can happen at any time and they often occur when you least expect them. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work or you’ve been injured in a travel accident, the Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim personal injury compensation, even for an occurrence that happened overseas.
Claiming for a travel accident: Do I have a viable claim?
If you’ve been injured abroad or you’ve been involved in a holiday accident and you weren’t to blame, you may be eligible for compensation. The viability of your claim will depend on whether you booked your holiday as part of a package deal provided by an agent based in the UK and whether you have the evidence to confirm that the travel accident was not your fault. If, for example, you slip or trip on a walkway at a hotel, which was in very poor condition, you could claim, as it is the responsibility of the hotel to maintain their grounds and enforce health and safety measures. In this case you would claim against the tour operator, as they act on behalf of the hotel.
If you were working abroad and you suffered an injury as a result of your employer’s negligence, you should be able to make a work injury claim against your employer, provided that the company is based in the UK.
Is the claims process the same for incidents in the UK and abroad?
Often, travel accident compensation claims can be more complex because the stipulations are stricter; however, the actual process is similar. If you wish to make a claim, it’s a good idea to compile as much evidence as you can at the time of the incident. Take photographs, ask other people to provide statements if they witnessed the accident and arrange to see a doctor so that your injuries can be assessed and details of the consultation can be documented. All incidents should be reported to the owner or a senior member of staff or your employer.
Once you have gathered information, contact Accident Advice Helpline for advice on 0800 689 0500. If our legal team believes you have a valid case for personal injury compensation, they will take over the hard work for you and help to secure the payout you deserve. Travel accident compensation can help to cover unexpected travel costs, medical fees and loss of earnings, which may result in time lost, off work.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice