The family holiday is a real treat. Once or twice a year the worries of everyday life can be put to one side as you venture away with your loved ones for some relaxation, fun and time together. The working week and other commitments can put a strain on family relationships, limiting time spent together to do the things you all enjoy. So, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t want a travel accident compensation claim to ruin the entire break.
How can a holiday accident affect my whole family?
It’s easy to imagine that if you have an accident on holiday that you will be only person put out by it, but such incidents can have a massive bearing on everybody on the trip. Here are just a few ways a holiday accident can affect the whole family:
- Potentially extended trip – If your holiday injury results in a visit to hospital, you could well end up having to stay abroad beyond the end date of your trip. Most treatments and injuries have lengthy hospital stays attached, which may mean your family could have to stay with you. Changing these plans can have an impact on others’ lives, altering work plans and leading to added stress. Also, some injuries prevent you from being able to fly, leading to extended stays.
- Financial repercussions – Most foreign countries will require you to pay for your own medical treatment. Insurance covers most problems, but there are some that certain policies may not accept, meaning that you will have to foot the bill. This is likely to have an impact on your family, who may have to help fund medical expenses or pay for extended stays abroad. Also, remember to take your EHIC card when travelling to EU countries, as this will entitle you to free healthcare benefits enjoyed in any of the nations. Failure to do this could void your insurance and result in added financial burden.
- Distress – A holiday is supposed to be a relaxing time. But an injury to a loved one can quickly turn the mood, as worry and anxiety set in. The distress of an accident can have major bearings on family members and turn what was meant to be happy memories into ones that will want to be forgotten.
- Long-term repercussions – An injury abroad could turn out to be serious on the long run. You may find that mobility could be limited which could impact on your working life.
Holidays are, on the whole, enjoyable times that should be looked forward to. But, it is important to remain safe to avoid a vacation accident, as the effects on the whole family can be serious.