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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

    Can you claim if you suffered an electric shock in a hotel room?

    ContentsWhat are my rights after suffering an electric shock in a hotel room?Making a claimIf you suffer an electric shock in a hotel room, are you entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim? It’s a question well worth considering. After all, nothing will put a dampener on a holiday like suffering a serious injury…..

    Common beach holiday accidents

    When talking about common beach holiday accidents most people will first of all think of drowning or near-drowning accidents. In reality, the most common beach holiday accidents are slips, trips and falls, followed, in no particular order, by: Sporting accidents Transport-related accidents Food poisoning infections Hotel fires Slips, falls and trips Injuries by slipping, tripping or falling are by….

    What kind of bacteria can grow in stagnant water?

    ContentsWhat dangers could be posed by stagnant water?Is it safe to go abroad on holiday?Leptospirosis and Weil’s diseaseLegionella bacteria and Legionnaires’ diseaseWhat to do if you’ve contracted an illness from bacteria in stagnant waterThere’s arguably nothing as good as fresh water to drink, to splash onto your face to wake yourself up in the mornings,….

    5 dangerous water sports

    Contents5 of the most dangerous water sportsHow to stay safe when partaking in dangerous water sportsClaiming compensation for water sports accidents abroadAccident Advice HelplineWhen on holiday, it is likely that you will feel inclined to participate in activities you wouldn’’t normally at home, such as adrenaline-fuelled dangerous water sports. While there is no harm living a little….

    The difference: swimming in fresh water or salt water

    ContentsWhy swimming in fresh water is harderDangers of swimming in salt waterDangers of swimming in fresh waterUnfortunate eventsThe main difference between swimming in fresh water and swimming in salt water is that swimming or, to be more precise, floating, in salt water is basically easier than swimming in fresh water. Here is why. Why swimming….

    Treating scabies

    ContentsWhat is scabies?How do I treat scabies?Can I claim compensation for scabies?When we jet off to sunnier climes, we sometimes consider the chance of experiencing an upset stomach or a little bit of sunburn. Yet, there are other travel-related ailments, such as scabies, which could be the cause of a travel accident compensation claim. What is….

    Why you shouldn’t run around a swimming pool

    ContentsCommon injuries at the poolSwimming pools are a fun distraction in the hot summer months. They offer the opportunity to cool down and enjoy swimming while also being a place to hang out, lounging around and reading a book or simply sunbathing. There was always a sign at public swimming baths to suggest no running….

    Five most common beach injuries

    ContentsCommon beach injuries and illnessesClaiming for your accident on holidayAccident Advice HelplineFor many, there is nothing as relaxing as spending a week or two soaking up the rays on an exotic palm-fringed beach. While many like to steer clear of holiday-related accidents and stick to the loungers with their holiday read, there are a number….

    Staying safe at the Needles on the Isle of Wight

    ContentsSafety precautions to take when visiting the Needles on the Isle of WightCan I claim compensation for an accident at the Needles?Protruding gracefully from the deep blue sea, the Needles on the Isle of Wight is the island’s most iconic attraction. These bright white chalk stacks located off the west coast of the island draw huge….

    Is it safe to swim in the Thames?

    ContentsA swim in the Thames: A travel accident waiting to happen?How to avoid a travel accident if you do go swimming in the ThamesAccident Advice HelplineThe Thames is the famous river that runs through the middle of London and is one of the key attractions of the city. There are often people who swim in….

    Case study: Costa Concordia cruise disaster 2012

    ContentsHow many people were on board?Abandon shipHow many died in the Costa Concordia cruise disaster?How safe is the cruise industry?What should you do if you are injured on board a cruise ship?Most people have some memory of the Costa Concordia cruise disaster that occurred in 2012. The sinking of a cruise ship is exceptionally rare,….

    What to do if you get food poisoning in-flight

    ContentsDealing with in-flight food poisoningOther helpful adviceMake a claimEligibility to claimWhat happens next?Getting ill while travelling is unpleasant at the best of times, but contracting food poisoning in flight is without doubt one of the worst experiences a traveller can suffer. There are, however, a few steps you can take to make the experience as….

    Five sources of an electric shock in a hotel

    ContentsHoliday accident? We’re here to help!Hotels should be the epitome of relaxation and luxury. Whether it’s for that well-deserved weekend getaway with that special someone in your life or an important business trip, we should at least expect to feel safe in a hotel and in the vast majority of cases we are. However, having….

    Is eating restaurant food more risky than eating at home?

    Having a nice meal at a restaurant can be the perfect break from slaving over a hot stove and many people place high priority on the cleanliness and hygiene of a restaurant when choosing where to eat. Whilst it’s fair to say that the health & safety practices of a restaurant are placed under more….

    If I have food poisoning, how long should it last?

    Food poisoning is something that is caused by consuming food that is contaminated with bacteria, such as salmonella and E. coli. The symptoms of food poisoning can be exceptionally exhausting and debilitating, especially when contracted abroad from neglected hygiene in a restaurant or hotel, but knowing the facts and how to handle the illness, as….

    Are some people more at risk of food poisoning than others?

    While it is obvious that some people are more prone to slips, trips and falls than others, can some be more at risk of food poisoning than others? Simply put, although you may not think it possible, the answer is yes. Why are some people more susceptible to food poisoning than others? Some medications can….

    How do bacteria manifest into food?

    Bacteria can manifest in food in a variety of ways, depending on the individual species. What all of them have in common is the fact that they can occasionally make people extremely ill. Some strains of bacteria may even cause death. Food poisoning symptoms Symptoms of food poisoning infections can also vary depending on the….

    I think I have food poisoning. What should I do next?

    What to do when you believe you may suffer from food poisoning depends on where you think you may have contracted the infection and what type of food was involved. Food poisoning at home If, for example, you believe something you ate at home caused your illness, and you are certain that you did not….

    How long does it take to recover from food poisoning?

    Few ailments will stop you in your holiday tracks quite like food poisoning. Bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea will soon lay to waste any plans of sightseeing and adventure, instead leaving you with a holiday illness that can take a considerable amount of time to clear. Whilst the safety net of being able to claim….

    Swimming pool accidents: Chlorine levels and burns

    ContentsSwimming pools in the UKWhat is chlorine and what is it used for?How to manage chlorine levels and burns in your local poolWhat happens if you’ve suffered chlorine burns?I’ve suffered chlorine burns on holiday – can I claim compensation?Claiming compensation for chlorine burnsSwimming is a fantastic way to keep fit and a popular activity for….

    Why does Legionnaires’ Disease affect men more than women?

    ContentsWhat are the symptoms of Legionnaires’ Disease?Where is Legionella bacteria found?Who’s most at risk?Does Legionnaires’ Disease affect men more?Treatment for Legionnaires’ DiseaseWho’s at fault?Preventing Legionnaires’ DiseaseWhat to do if you’ve been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease?Legionnaires’ Disease is a lung infection that’s not dissimilar to pneumonia, caused by Legionella pneumophila bacteria. It’s said to affect men more than….

    Where are accidents most likely to occur in a hotel?

    ContentsWhat are the main causes of accidents at work in a hotel?Where do accidents in a hotel most commonly occur?How do manual handling accidents at work in a hotel occur?How can hotel accidents be avoided?As a working environment, a hotel can be bustling, challenging and require a varied skill set. Organisation, diplomacy and enthusiasm are….

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