If you’re travelling in Europe this summer, it’s a good idea to do some research before you travel. If you do need medical assistance for travel accidents, it’s wise to be aware of what to do, and who to call… how to seek medical attention in Europe.
What to do if you need to seek medical attention in Europe
If you’re travelling abroad this summer, hopefully, you won’t need to seek medical attention in Europe. However, if you sustain travel injuries, or you’re involved in a holiday accident, there are places and people that can help.
If you’re a UK citizen, you’re entitled to seek medical attention in Europe, which should be provided free of charge or at a discounted rate if you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card is free, and you can apply online or by completing a form at your local post office. Your card will have details of your name, your National Insurance Number and your nationality.
If you have an accident overseas and you need medical attention in Europe, visit the nearest hospital or call the emergency services. Find out the emergency number for the
country you’re visiting before you travel. If you dont know it, call 112. This is a universal emergency number, which works in most countries.
Your EHIC card should cover any treatment you require before you are due to go home. If you need follow-up treatment and you are fit to travel, this will be provided back home.
If you need treatment which is not covered by the EHIC card, or you don’t have a card, you may be able to claim the cost of your care on your travel insurance. Check the details of your policy carefully before you contact your insurance provider if you’ve had an accident abroad.
Claiming compensation for a holiday accident
If you’ve been injured abroad or you were forced to seek medical attention in Europe and you were not at fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline.
If you have proof that your holiday injuries resulted from negligence on the part of a business owner or a tour operator, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation.
Call us now to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee* claim. We have more than 15 years of experience in handling an array of personal injury claims, including holiday accident claims.
Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice