Most probably, you did not expect to go scuba diving abroad and come back with a serious injury. It is therefore also unlikely that you were thinking, ‘Can I make a scuba diving abroad accident claim,’ as you prepared for your trip. Unfortunately, these things happen and your priority now is to file a claim against the person responsible for the accident. To simplify the entire procedure we suggest you contact a reputable law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline.
Do you have a valid claim?
Usually, tour operators are deemed to be at fault for most accidents that happen on holidays abroad. This means you can bring a compensation claim for the injury you have suffered against your holiday provider, regardless of whether you have slipped on wet rocks or have been given faulty diving gear. An essential point to keep in mind is that claiming compensation in the UK not only takes less time, but is also much cheaper than pursuing legal action in the country where the accident occurred.
Before starting legal action against your tour operator, you should be aware that our solicitors can help you with your claim only if you have booked your holiday as part of a package deal through a tour operator based in the UK. Additionally, you must be able to demonstrate that your accident was the fault of your travel company. If you have arranged your scuba diving session through an independent local company, your compensation claim may not be valid under the Package Tour regulations, as the activity was not part of a package deal booked through a travel operator based in the UK. In this case, the only option you have is to sue the company responsible in the country where it is located.
When you can claim
As with any other personal injury claim, there is a time limit of three years in which a scuba diving abroad accident claim can be made. If you do not begin legal proceedings within this period your case will be time-barred, which means that legal action can no longer be pursued. The three-year deadline starts either from the date of the incident or from the date of knowledge; this is the date of the diagnosis linking your injury to the accident. In fatal cases, the three-year limitation begins from the date of death. During this period, any family member can file a compensation claim for emotional suffering and losses resulting from the event.
What we can do for you
Our team of solicitors at Accident Advice Helpline have detailed knowledge, not only of the UK law, but also of international conventions and foreign laws. Since we are able to provide a professional, reliable service, we can help you settle your case through the UK tribunal system and obtain your rightful compensation. Even in circumstances where you booked an activity outside your package deal, our specialist personal injury solicitors are able to advise and assist you.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 and we will be happy to advise you on how best to proceed with your case.
Date Published: January 1, 2014
Author: David Brown