For many families, going on holiday abroad is the highlight of the year. Having worked hard all year round to make such a trip possible, it is obviously wise to do everything in your power to prevent accidental injuries from ruining your holiday. It helps to know what kind of hazards to look out for on holiday, so here is a brief round-up of some of the most common injuries abroad.
Common injuries abroad
By far the most common injuries abroad are those sustained as a result of slips, trips and falls. It is therefore recommended to:
- Wear suitable footwear with adequate grip when hiking or walking, rock pooling, and climbing, for example
- Prevent injuries by slipping, tripping or falling in your hotel, shops, restaurants, and so on, by looking out for and reporting potential slip and trip hazards immediately
Being particularly careful when walking along potentially wet and slippery piers and jetties or on board boats when taking boat trips or sailing is obviously equally important in the prevention of slips and trips.
Other common injuries abroad
Bites and stings by insects, wild animals and marine creatures are also comparatively common. Personal injuries involving stings and bites can usually be avoided by:
- Use of insect-repellent and mosquito nets
- Looking out for sand-dwelling insects or marine life likely to be hidden under sand in shallow waters and staying out of the water when warned
- Respecting wild animals, both on land and in the water, and staying at a safe distance from them
Near-drowning or drowning incidents can be prevented by:
- Not getting into the water when red flags indicate dangerous water conditions
- Staying within designated areas for swimming
- Not going onto the water on inflatables
- Keeping clear of areas with strong currents
Injuries by faulty equipment when participating in water sports can often be prevented by using only reputable operators with good safety records.
When holiday fun turns into horror
Sometimes, even your best efforts cannot prevent some of the common injuries abroad. Someone else may, for example, make a mistake, behave inappropriately or neglect to remove a slip and fall hazard, for example.
If this happened to you and you suffered an injury on holiday in an accident caused by someone else, you could be entitled to travel accident compensation.
Call us, Accident Advice Helpline, on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline, now for more detailed information on how and when to make a public liability claim.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice