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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    The most bizarre claims from overseas trips


    Holidaymakers occasionally try to orchestrate the the most bizarre claims for compensation.

    According to a Wanderlust article, for example, one man claimed the fact that a maid walked in on him and his wife making love and, before leaving, giggling at his ‘size’ left him unable to perform sexually.

    Others bizarre claims have included:

    • Their guide was ugly, making it impossible for them to enjoy their holiday
    • Too many fat people on the beach made them feel ill
    • They were disturbed by the ‘too loud’ sea while on a cruise
    • Their children were shocked and distressed because no-one told them there would be fish in the sea

    A young couple, who was given a double-bedded room rather than the twin-bed room they had originally booked, also tried to hold their hotel liable for the young woman’s subsequent pregnancy.

    More serious bizarre claims

    Bizarre claims following more serious incidents involving actual personal injuries included, according to Globelink Travel Insurance:

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    • A woman requiring hospital treatment after being hit on the head by a coconut in Sri Lanka
    • A man breaking his nose by walking into a bus in Athens after being distracted by a group of bikini-clad young ladies
    • A bride’s dress catching fire during a barbecue in the Caribbean

    While these examples of bizarre claims may make you smile, personal injuries are not really funny and, in addition to ruining a vacation, can have serious, long-lasting consequences.

    Less bizarre claims

    Most claims for compensation are based on less bizarre incidents. Slips, trips and falls, for instance, are very common. Holidaymakers are also occasionally injured by defective or poorly maintained equipment while participating in water sports.

    Other travel accidents claimed for include bus, plane or railway accidents, injuries by animals, such as bites and stings, and injures by scalding or burning, as well as food poisoning outbreaks.

    The right to claim

    Whether you were injured by a slip, trip or fall or another kind of accident abroad, however bizarre it may have been, you could qualify for travel accident compensation if someone else was responsible for your injury.

    Find out when and how to claim by calling 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. The 24/7 Accident Advice Helpline freephone is completely confidential and there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following your call to us.

    Date Published: April 6, 2016

    Author: SM Content

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