If you’re busy planning your next holiday, the last thing you are probably thinking about is an accident abroad, but the reality is that thousands of tourists are involved in accidents overseas every year. If you’ve been affected by a travel accident or suffered illness as a result of a holiday abroad, you may be eligible to claim travel accident compensation.
Holiday accidents: the figures
According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, an average of 70 British tourists require hospital treatment abroad every week, with around 30 per cent of those hospitalised in the Spanish resorts of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza.
Causes of travel accidents
There are many possible causes of travel accidents, from going crazy and partying too hard in the livelier resorts to suffering food poisoning, being knocked off a scooter or falling.
Swimming pools causing accidents
One potential problem faced by British holidaymakers when travelling abroad is swimming in dirty pools. If a hotel or resort provides swimming pools, they should be maintained properly and kept clean to prevent illness. Dirty water can increase the risk of a host of health problems, from verrucas, skin rashes and swimmer’s ear to hepatitis A and Norwalk virus, which has been linked to the outbreak of illness on several cruise ships.
Preventing holiday accidents
The best way to prevent holiday accidents is to be sensible and apply the same caution when you are driving, going out or eating as you would at home. Avoid drinking too much, stick to the speed limits, avoid going near ledges or pools when it is dark or you have had a drink, stick to bottled water and make sure food is cooked through before you start eating.
Claiming travel accident compensation
In many cases accidents are preventable, but if you’ve been involved in an accident and it wasn’t your fault, or you developed an illness as a result of the negligence of others, then you may be entitled to make a claim for travel compensation.
If you have suffered illness or injury as a result of a holiday abroad within the last three years and can prove that you were not to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation. The firm, who were established in 2000, are endorsed by TV consumer rights campaigner Esther Rantzen, and our highly trained lawyers have expertise in road traffic claims, slip, trip or fall compensation and travel claims.
Call us on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 26, 2013
Author: David Brown