If your holiday has been marred by an accident or injury at your bed and breakfast you may go home thinking, ‘Can I claim for an injury at a bed and breakfast?’
If your injury was the result of someone else being at fault then the answer is probably ‘yes’ and you should consider pursuing a claim.
Personal injury claims cover a wide variety of incidents including many that could happen at a bed and breakfast.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips, trips and falls are probably the most common reason for personal injury claims. There are many possible causes of trips and falls at a bed and breakfast, from loose carpet to slippery outdoor areas and wet bathroom tiles.
If you fell and suffered an injury at a bed and breakfast in any of these circumstances the owners may well be liable to compensate you.
Burns and scalds
Perhaps the water in your bathroom was far too hot, or maybe you had hot tea spilled on you by a staff member. Again, you may be eligible to claim for an injury at a bed and breakfast if you can prove that the accident was not your fault.
Waking up each morning to a delicious breakfast is one of the attractions of staying at a bed and breakfast, but poor cooking or hygiene standards could lead to a bout of food poisoning, for which you may want to claim compensation.
You might feel guilty about making a claim against a small business such as a bed and breakfast, but remember a reputable business should have insurance in place to cover these eventualities.
Be polite and address the issue with the owners as soon as you can. You might need to receive medical attention while on your holiday, but it is a good idea to see your own doctor when you return home, to get a second opinion and to have your injury recorded in your medical file.
If the bed and breakfast owners compile an incident report or have an accident logbook it is also useful to get a copy of the details for future reference and take contact details of any witnesses who may have seen your accident.
Claiming for an injury at a bed and breakfast
If you do decide to lodge a claim for an injury at a bed and breakfast then Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with every aspect.
Our friendly advisers can explain the claims process, making it understandable even if you have never done it before.
Most of the work can be done over the phone, so there is little likelihood that you would need to take part in a face-to-face meeting or go to court.
You can phone our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500, or phone 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or if you prefer you can find all the information you need on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
Date Published: March 28, 2015
Author: David Brown