From Rio and Sao Paulo to the Amazon (the world’s largest forest), Brazil is a diverse country well worth exploring – and with the World Cup taking place here in 2014, thousands of tourists will flock to the country. A visit to Rio is essential – 14 million inhabitants can’t be wrong! Head for the Corcovado Mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer or relax on Copacabana or Ipanema Beach – you might even be lucky enough to be here during Carnival time. The pretty state of Bahia is a popular tourist spot offering climbing and trekking opportunities at the Chapada Diamantina Mountains, whilst beach lovers will find over 1,000km of palm-fringed beaches here.
Do accidents really happen on holiday in Brazil?
There’s a simple answer to that question: yes. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen on holiday in Brazil and other popular destinations. From serious injuries caused by falling from a hotel balcony to minor trips and slips, accidents can ruin even the most relaxing holiday. You could come down with a bout of food poisoning after eating contaminated meat at your hotel restaurant or trip alighting the transfer bus on the first day of your holiday. You could even be injured by things in your hotel room such as faulty electric sockets or loose wiring. The good news is that if you have booked a package holiday with a UK travel agent, you’re protected under the 1992 Package Travel Regulations.
Can you claim for compensation?
Provided you booked a package holiday and your injuries were sustained either at your accommodation, whilst travelling there (on an included transfer) or whilst on an organised excursion included as part of your package, you should be able to claim for compensation. Most personal injury lawyers will have dealt with hundreds of claims relating to accidents on holiday, so you’re not alone!
The claims process
With Accident Advice Helpline, there are no nasty surprises when it comes to the claims process. You can find out right now how much you could be eligible to claim, by taking the 30-second test on our website, then give us a call. One of our friendly team will be happy to offer confidential, no-obligation advice and talk you through what happens next in more detail. If you decide to claim, our 100% no win, no fee* service means you have one less thing to worry about as you won’t pay a penny unless your claim is successful.