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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    Holiday accidents: The dangers of water sports


    The very nature of water sports suggest that injuries may occur. Often taking place on the open sea, at high speeds, with equipment that often requires some level of training to operate, water sports present a myriad of possible holiday-related injuries.

    If you suffer an injury while on holiday, taking part in water sports, it is worth noting that claims for travel accident compensation are slightly more complex than the standard personal injury claim.

    Water sports injuries abroad

    It goes without saying that laws in other countries differ from those in the UK. Streamlined holiday-related compensation claims are usually those which involve holidays booked through a UK travel agency.

    When UK travel agencies sell you your package holiday, they take on the responsibility to ensure that you are safe while travelling abroad. This includes all methods of transport, accommodation and activities recommended or arranged by them.

    With this in mind, if you can prove that your water sport injury occurred at the fault of the holiday company or their hotel – be it onsite watersports or an excursion booked through your rep – you may have a good chance of claiming travel accident compensation.

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    How else can I strengthen my case

    Law firms such as Accident Advice Helpline, work with experienced and professional solicitors to ensure that your case is dealt with as efficiently as possible.

    When pursuing your case, it is important that the incident you are claiming holiday-related compensation for happened within the last three years.

    You will also need to be able to prove that the injury you sustained was at no fault of your own, but that of the travel company or your hotel. It is sometimes possible to process claims outside of this criteria but the chance of winning your case does fall significantly.

    In addition, your assigned solicitor will be able to fight your corner more effectively if they have evidence to support your case. Keep a collection of photographs of the incident and your injuries, as well as any medical proof – from both at the time and following your accident – of the hurt you suffered.

    Accident Advice Helpline also operates on a no win, no fee* basis.

    Date Published: November 26, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.