A dream holiday can quickly turn into a nightmare in the event of travel accidents, which cause unexpected and potentially serious injuries. Here are 5 common holiday injuries, which may spell trouble in paradise:
- Road traffic injuries: road traffic accidents can be common abroad because safety on the roads is not a priority and drivers who are used to the roads in the UK are not familiar with driving on the other side of the road, driving styles abroad or the layout of the motorways and minor roads. If you’re driving abroad, take extra care around other vehicles, pay attention to the speed limits and try to plan ahead. Common road traffic injuries include whiplash, bruising, fractures and head injuries.
- Broken bones and dislocation: if you suffer a slip or trip abroad, you fall from a balcony or you lose your footing while going down the stairs, you may suffer broken bones or dislocations. Slips, trips and falls are common causes of broken ankles, wrists and collarbones, as well as dislocated knees, hips and shoulders. If you suddenly experience pain after a fall or you notice inflammation around a joint or bone, seek medical assistance.
- Gastroenteritis: gastroenteritis, which causes sickness and diarrhoea, can really ruin your holiday and sadly, it’s a very common problem, especially when travelling in the developing world. Take extra care when eating out, check that meat is cooked through and always drink bottled water when you are abroad.
- Sunburn: if you’ve been counting down the days until you can bask in beautiful sunshine, sunburn can put a serious dent in your sunbathing plans. Even if you normally tan well, apply sun lotion at all times and avoid the midday sun, when UV rays are at their most powerful. Move into the shade if you feel like your skin is burning and use a factor that is suited to your skin type.
- Sporting injuries: many people like to enjoy land-based and water sports when on holiday and although they can be really fun, there is often a risk of injury. Always use the relevant safety equipment and listen to advice from instructors to prevent holiday accidents.
Claiming for a holiday accident
If you’ve been injured abroad and you weren’t to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim travel accident compensation. Call now on 0800 689 0500 to talk through your holiday accident claim with an expert advisor.