Whether it’s about enjoying time with friends, exploring new cultures or setting out on a journey of self discovery, a gap year should rank amongst the most memorable of your life. However, nothing will mar the experience quite like travelling accidents or falling ill on holiday. Failure to prepare and consider your personal safety can leave you vulnerable to both.
Common claims for travel accident compensation arising from gap years
One danger of gap years is that, for most people, budgeting is one of the main issues. This means accommodation and activities are often chosen because of their price rather than safety and quality. Of course, you can suffer accidents on holiday through no fault of your own but there are also things you can do to limit the chances of travel illnesses being suffered.
One of the most common ailments afflicting travellers and those enjoying a gap year is heat stroke. Though it belongs in the same family of conditions as heat exhaustion, heat stroke is considerably more serious.
Heat stroke occurs when exposure to excessive heat causes the temperature of the body to become dangerously high. This prevents the body from being able to cool itself and, as a result, starts to overheat. There are a number of symptoms associated with heat stroke, the most common of which include:
- Dry skin
- Excessive thirst
- Confusion and vertigo
- Nausea and muscle cramps
- Shallow, quick breathing
In the midst of having a good time, it is easy to dismiss such symptoms as something milder or even try to ignore them in order to keep the party going. However, to do so would be extremely dangerous and would most likely result in serious holiday illnesses being suffered.
If you suspect that you, or anyone else, is suffering from heat stroke then the situation should be treated as a medical emergency and immediate action taken. Having contacted an ambulance, you should move the person to a cool area, shower them with cool water but avoid giving medication.
If you suffer an illness or injury on holiday through a travelling accident that wasn’t your fault, you may well be due some holiday accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has an experienced legal team which has been processing personal injury claims for many years. They work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and usually settle out of court.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice