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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Survivor guide: Cuba


    Cuba is a fascinating country, which offers something for everyone. From the hustle and bustle of Havana to the stunning beaches of Caya Coco and Varadero, there’s plenty to keep sun-seekers and culture vultures amused. If you’re counting down the days until you jet off to Cuba for a summer adventure, here is a survivor guide to help you swerve travel accidents and enjoy an unforgettable trip:

    Before you go

    Before you go, it’s a good idea to do some research about the resort you are visiting, find out about local amenities and facilities, such as hospitals and dental practices, and take out travel insurance. You should never travel without travel insurance; insurance helps to cover lost baggage, flight cancellations and medical costs.

    If you’re travelling to Cuba, you may also be advised to have vaccinations; contact your local GP surgery to make an appointment if you are not up to date with routine vaccinations, such as tetanus, MMR and polio. You may also be advised to have hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations; some vaccinations involve a course of treatment so you will need to organise appointments well in advance of your travel date.

    Avoiding crime

    Levels of crime are low in Cuba and most cases relate to petty theft. In order to reduce your risk of being targeted by thieves, stick to the main thoroughfares in cities, avoid carrying a large amount of cash and leave valuables in your hotel room safe.

    If you are a victim of crime, contact the police; if you intend to claim on your travel insurance, a police report will usually be required.

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    Driving safely

    Driving standards may not be as high as in the UK and anyone who hires a car or motorbike is advised to take extra care to reduce the risk of road accidents.

    Stick to the speed limits at all times, give other vehicles space and time and check your mirrors carefully before signalling or manoeuvring. Use a reputable car hire firm and ensure that your travel insurance policy covers road travel.

    Can I claim for a travel accident?

    If you’ve been injured in a holiday accident or you have suffered illness overseas as a result of negligence on the part of a company, organisation or individual, you may have a valid case for travel accident compensation. Document all the details of your case, seek medical assistance and compile information, such as photographs and eye witness statements, which may help to support your travel claim.

    Contact Accident Advice Helpline on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, for more information and no-win no-fee* advice about making a holiday accident compensation claim.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.