This question may not be what you would generally ask yourself before you travel abroad. However, with extreme weather events becoming more common, not only in the UK, but also in other countries such as America and Australia, it might be something that you will unfortunately have to consider. In recent years parts of Australia and America have seen forest fires, which, despite the efforts of firefighters, have lasted for days before being controlled. Many locals and visitors from abroad have had to be evacuated from these areas, and some have lost their homes or suffered damage to property or injury. Fires can cause extensive damage and they can rapidly get out of control resulting not only in the loss of property, but also injuries and deaths.
Any individual who has had an accident abroad related to a forest fire may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for any loss or injury they may have suffered. Sometimes claims have to be made abroad, but this is not always the case. Having an accident abroad, especially if you are unable to speak the language of the country fluently, can be daunting. Accident Advice Helpline can advise you on whether you have a claim and can help you every step of the way. If you have suffered an injury abroad that was not your fault you may be entitled to compensation.
Many people may believe that the answer to ‘Can I claim for forest fire accident abroad?’ is no. After all don’t most insurance policies say the insurance company cannot be held responsible for acts of nature such as hurricanes and floods? When volcanic ash ruined many travellers’ holidays a number of insurance companies were accused of using the ‘Act of God’ defence to avoid having to pay compensation. However, this may not be as strong a defence as you might expect. Wildfires can be caused by acts of nature such as lightning strikes, but in other cases it can be due to human error, for example a utility company could cause a fire. In America a number of lawsuits have been brought against electricity companies
It is important to discuss your claim as soon as possible with a company such as Accident Advice Helpline who have specialist lawyers in this area. This is because different countries have different time limits for making a claim, and time limits can also be applied depending on where the accident occurred. Our advisers at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to provide advice on your claim and the procedure for making the claim. If your accident occurred as a result of something that was the responsibility of your travel agent, you may be able to claim against the travel agent. However, if the accident occurs elsewhere, for example, in the centre of a town you may still be able to claim, but the process is likely to be more complicated. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown