If you have been injured while on holiday and subsequently need to make a bed and breakfast accident claim, there may be a period of time between the accident happening and beginning the claims process.
In general, claims can be made up to three years after an injury has been suffered so there is no need to worry if you cannot make a claim immediately. If you have a minor injury, you may even be able to complete your holiday, and claim when you return home.
There are three important areas to focus on if you want to make a bed and breakfast accident claim, particularly if there is a delay in starting the claims process.
If you have been injured while staying in a bed and breakfast some distance from your home, you may not be able to visit again to check any details while making your claim for compensation.
As a result, you should make sure you have plenty of documentation to back up your claim before you leave the premises. If you can, take photographs of the area where you suffered your injury. For example, if you slipped on a loose piece of carpet then get some images of the carpet showing the general location and the damage. Even photos taken on a mobile phone will be helpful.
If you cannot take photographs, then make some detailed notes about the condition of the area and perhaps draw a sketch to help you remember.
The bed and breakfast owners may complete an accident record or make a note in an accident book so ask if you can have a copy of this before you leave.
2. Witnesses who can support your bed and breakfast accident claim
If someone witnessed your injury, it can help to have their contact information as part of your claim, as they can help to support your story.
You will probably not have met these people before if you are travelling, so ask politely if they would mind acting as a witness and collect their contact details before you both leave. Some people might prefer to write and sign a statement at the time rather than being contacted by you or your solicitor later.
3. Medical notes
As a result of your injury, you may need to receive medical treatment, either at the bed and breakfast or at a local medical facility. If this is not your usual doctor then ask if you can have a copy of the medical notes made at the time, as this may be important for your bed and breakfast accident claim later on.
If you cannot get a copy of the actual notes at the time, keep a record of any treatment and the place and time you were seen. Your own doctor should be able to request that the notes be sent to them later.
Making a bed and breakfast accident claim
If you ensure you have accurate records in each of these three areas, then making a bed and breakfast accident claim should be straightforward. Accident Advice Helpline can use this information to give you the best chance of receiving compensation.
If you would like to know more about how we can help, call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500, or call 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: March 27, 2015
Author: David Brown