You often read about the importance of travel insurance, but do you really need it or is it a waste of money? If you’re worried about travel accidents, but you don’t know whether or not you need travel insurance, here are five horror stories, which may help you make up your mind.
The risks of skipping on travel insurance
- A traveller in Spain was forced to pay £20,000 in treatment costs after developing an infection and suffering bleeding on the brain. The traveller required treatment in two different Spanish hospitals and an air ambulance flight from Spain to the UK.
- Another holidaymaker in Spain forked out £11,000 after breaking their arm in an accident abroad.
- An American travel agent suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident in Mexico. She was effectively held for ransom at a local hospital until she agreed to wire a bank transfer, which was then halted by the bank as soon as she had landed back in the USA.
- A British couple was stranded in Spain after giving birth to her daughter 13 weeks before her due date. The new-born baby suffered several serious complications as a result being born prematurely and required thousands of pounds worth of treatment. The couple appealed for donations through the UK press to help fund an air ambulance back to the UK for their daughter.
- A British traveller was forced to pay more than $50,000 in fees after falling ill in America; he underwent treatment before being flown back to the UK with a doctor as an escort.
Hopefully, these horror tales have persuaded you to take out travel insurance. You can now buy policies online in a matter of minutes. You can also compare providers and prices to make sure you get a good deal.
Travel insurance is not just there to cover the cost of medical care following an accident abroad. It can also provide you with assistance if your flight is cancelled, your luggage is lost or stolen, or you get delayed, which means that you need additional nights in accommodation.
Claiming compensation for holiday accidents
If you’ve been injured abroad and you’d like to claim compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline now. Our expert personal injury lawyers work on a no-win, no-fee basis, and we have over 15 years of handling travel accident claims.
Our freephone lines are open now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.