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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    In focus: The life jacket


    When out at sea, whether on a cruise, sailing boat, or fishing boat, the most important piece of survival kit you could need is a life jacket. If you fall in the water this could save your life and help keep you afloat even in cold seas.

    Always make sure you know where the life jackets are stored. If you are on holiday you should be informed of their location before you set off to prevent any travel compensation claims.

    Why is a life jacket so essential?

    A life jacket is an important buoyancy aid, meaning that if you get swept into the sea you do not need to tread water or focus on staying afloat. This means you can focus on getting help and staying conscious. To avoid any serious travel compensation claims make sure before you leave the harbour you know the safety procedures in case of emergency. The last thing you want on your holiday is to have to make a travel claim when you come back.

    How can I make sure I do not need to make a travel claim if travelling by sea?

    Depending on the type of vessel you are travelling on and whether it is with a company or just a few friends, they may not provide life jackets. Make sure you ask around in advance to find out if they do or not. If they don’t then it may be a good idea to invest in one as it literally not only could save you making a travel compensation claim, but could also save your life.

    However you travel, if you travel by sea always make sure you are aware of how to stay safe and always be careful when on the deck, as the last thing you want is to fall overboard and hurt yourself, thus possibly causing a travel accident claim.

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    But, if you do have an accident when out at sea or on land that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a travel accident claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about how you could make a claim by calling their 24 hour phone line on 0800 689 0500 or take the 30-second compensation calculator test to see how much your travel compensation claim could potentially be worth.

    Date Published: January 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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