When you save all year for a great family holiday or a backpacking break to Asia, you expect to be able to relax and enjoy your break without any worries – after all, you’ve worked hard to be able to afford it! However, each year hundreds of people become ill or injured on holiday through no fault of their own. Here are just a few of the things that could go wrong whilst you’re enjoying a break in the sunshine:
- Broken bones – perhaps from a slip, trip or fall
- Food poisoning
- Vomiting bug
- Injured by objects falling from a height – such as from scaffolding at your hotel
Any of these things could ruin what promised to be a relaxing holiday, and you might find you spend most of your holiday recovering from your illness or injury – you may even end up in hospital. However, you don’t have to suffer in silence; you could claim compensation for a ruined holiday from your tour operator, if you booked a package holiday. If you’ve booked your flight and accommodation independently, you probably won’t be able to make a claim, but you can complain to the hotel you stayed at, for example, if you were struck down with food poisoning after eating in the hotel restaurant.
How has your holiday been ruined?
Spending your week abroad in bed with sickness and diarrhoea doesn’t sound like much fun – neither does being hospitalised with serious injuries after a slip, trip or fall during an excursion organised by your tour operator. They have a duty to ensure that your accommodation is safe, and that any tours or excursions they offer are also safe for guests. So if you feel like you’ve wasted your hard-earned cash, claiming compensation for a ruined holiday could be on the cards – and it’s easier than you might think.
We’ll fight your corner
You need a personal injury lawyer to get you the compensation you deserve and that’s what Accident Advice Helpline is here for. Call us on 0800 689 0500 and we’ll tell you whether you have a viable claim. You could even head for our website to take our 30-second test, which will let you know how much compensation you could be eligible to claim. We’re proud to be endorsed by our patron, TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, and we’ve been helping our customers claim compensation since 2000, so you know you can trust us to fight your corner.
Date Published: February 12, 2015
Author: David Brown