Holidays are a time of fun and relaxation, and hopefully not the cause of a scene that requires seeking travel accident compensation. With that in mind, before you jet out to your luxurious Spanish villa holiday it’s important to conduct some safety checks to ensure everything goes well during your trip:
- Check the windows are locked. You wouldn’t be the first person to go away only to come home and discover the bedroom window was wide open for a fortnight.
- Gas checks. Before leaving the house for an extended period of time, like to a Spanish villa holiday, ensure the gas pipes are working properly and there are no leaks or other causes for concern.
- Check the smoke alarms. Should there be a fire during your absence, smoke alarms could alert neighbours or passers-by to call the fire brigade, which could save your home and all your possessions.
It’s also important to ensure the safety of the villa itself – it is, after all, where you will be for the holiday. Of primary concern should be making sure the villa is in a safe location, minimising the risk of burglaries, assault and other travel-related risks. Also advisable is checking with the property provider that the villa has lockable doors and windows as well as working smoke alarms, for the same reasons that you have such things in your own house.
We all like to think that nothing bad will happen on our holidays, and often we’re right. There are, however, still risks – you could be injured in a road traffic accident, suffer a slip or fall and get hurt, or be the victim of an assault. If an incident happened on holiday that wasn’t your fault and left you with an injury, you could be entitled to seek compensation.
Filing for compensation is an easy process: with Accident Advice Helpline, many claims can be processed on the phone and most claimants never have to attend court. Although there is no guarantee of how much compensation will be received or how long the process will take, for many people it’s as simple as providing the details and then waiting for the good news. You don’t even need to file immediately – you have three years from the time of injury to file the claim.
Date Published: November 13, 2013
Author: David Brown