Suffering an accident that incurs an injury as a result can be traumatic and have serious long-term effects. It can be hard having to deal with the mountain of paperwork that can arise, as well as making sure that your financial future is secured. Unfortunately, this becomes even more problematic if you were injured abroad as the laws can become more complicated, and your rights may change. Add to that the language barriers that can occur and you’ve got a problematic situation. This guide puts together the different ways that you can try to obtain compensation if you suffer an accident whilst abroad.
Firstly, one of the main areas from which you can claim compensation following an accident is if you booked a package holiday, as these holidays essentially cover your whole time abroad. If you were staying in a resort when the injury occurred, then this is even more the case. A personal injury lawyer will probably have little trouble in bringing a case against the travel agent, especially due to the fact that as a result of the injury occurring on holiday, there will likely be some available witness accounts to help corroborate your description of how the incident occurred.
Another area where compensation can be claimed is if you were engaging in a form of sports or any other physical activity whilst abroad, whether through the travel agents themselves or through an independent provider, and suffered an injury as a result of training not being provided or not being thorough enough, or the equipment being in a poor state of repair. Anyone who charges people to use their facilities is obliged to ensure they are in full working order, so you should approach a solicitor if you feel that an injury has been caused by a lack of these regulations being followed.
A more grey area regarding accidents abroad are those that are suffered whilst travelling either on public transport, or whilst driving yourself. It is entirely possible, of course, that you’re entitled to seek compensation if there is a responsible, identifiable third party with whom you have lines of communication. It’s important to remember, however, that in many countries, immediate medical treatment is a pre-requisite to obtaining compensation, so you should see a doctor just in case, even if you’re unsure as to whether there has been any long term damage.
Remember, the most important aspect of making any claims abroad against nationals from that country rather than from UK companies offering services based there, is to ensure that you make a note of the contact details of anyone that was involved. If you’re planning on receiving compensation then this is extremely important, and should be your first priority, as without these contact details there is no claim. Again, it is also highly important to ensure that you obtain the contact details for all those involved in the incident, and this is just as much the case with witnesses as it is with those who were actually involved.