Campsites are often situated on uneven grassy ground with potholes, which inevitably can lead to slips, trips, and falls while on holiday. Although an element of this is expected while on a camping holiday, if you suffer an injury due to a particularly dangerous terrain, you may be able to claim compensation for your camping-related injury.
Slips, trips and potholes on campsites
‘Roughing it’ is often one of the appealing aspects of a camping holiday. That being said, the campsite owner does have a responsibility to ensure your health and safety during your stay. This includes ensuring that the grounds are safe, clean and maintained free from dangerous potholes.
When you sustain an injury on a campsite because of particularly dangerous potholes or unsigned steep slopes, for example, it may be that the campsite hasn’t met its legal requirements and therefore your case for compensation could be valid.
Supporting your compensation claim
Before seeking advice regarding your claim, be sure that the campsite accident in question happened within the last three years. As with all claims there are time limits on when you are able to claim compensation.
Collect details of any witnesses who saw the campsite accident that caused your injury. Their name, address and contact number should suffice, and their help may be crucial further on in the legal process.
Photographs of the ground that caused your accident can help to assure that you were not accountable for your injury. Be sure to take clear photographs of both this and your sustained injury.
Keep a record of the medical attention your campsite injury has required. This can include, but is not limited to, first aid treatment on site, hospital visits, doctors’ appointments, surgery, time off work and any medication taken.
Campsite accidents abroad
When you venture abroad for a camping holiday, be sure to book your break through a UK travel company.
Booking your break through a UK organisation will ensure that your travel is protected by UK law, making compensation claims for camping accidents far easier to process.
When you book a break with a UK travel company, they take on the legal responsibility to protect your health and safety while travelling. This includes during any journeys, and while using any accommodation they have arranged for you.
A camping accident can be seen as a breach of this legal expectation and therefore, you may have a valid case for compensation.
If you are a victim of a camping-related injury, speak with law firm, Accident Advice Helpline today. On a no-win, no-fee* basis, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in obtaining the compensation you are entitled to.
Date Published: December 14, 2013
Author: David Brown