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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 get stung by coral?


    If you’ve been wondering if you can get stung by coral, the answer is yes. Most coral species are harmless and most people will go through their lives without ever being injured by them. However, some coral can cause grazes, cuts and stings. The fire coral, in particular, is known for its painful sting. If….

    The dangers of climbing waterfalls abroad


    It’s essential not to underestimate the dangers of climbing waterfalls abroad. In 2008, a pair of ice climbers nearly died when a waterfall collapsed around them. Climbing waterfalls whilst on holiday can provide you with experiences like no other, which are also unforgettable. When climbing waterfalls it’s important to monitor your environment, look at the….

    What to do if you get stuck on a pedalo out at sea


    Getting stuck on a pedalo out at sea is the stuff of nightmares. As accidents on holiday at the beach go, it’s up there with the very worst. The panic as you feel yourself drifting out into nothing but endless miles of water is terrifying. If I get stuck on a pedalo out at sea,….

    What should you do if your baggage is lost with medication inside?


    Sometimes it is necessary to pack all or part of your medication in your check-in baggage. Here is what you should do if your baggage is lost with medication inside. What to do if your baggage is lost with medication inside Ideally, you should keep medication you require during your holiday in your hand luggage…..

    How to stay safe on a rugby tour


    Going on a rugby tour exposes players to a significant risk of rugby injuries. The inherent risks of this contact sport are increased by fatigue due to many matches being played in quick succession and varying pitch conditions. Here’s how to stay safe on a rugby tour. How to stay safe on a rugby tour….

    What diseases can I catch when travelling through South America?


    Travelling through South America is the holiday of choice for millions of people every year. There’s an endless array of sights, sounds and smells to experience. However, as with any adventure, there is also the threat of accidents and illnesses on holiday. What diseases am I most at risk of when travelling through South America?….

    How to stay safe on a football tour


    If you’re preparing to hit the roads and show off your fancy footwork this summer, it’s beneficial to be aware of some simple tips that will help you stay safe on a football tour. When you’re away with your team, the last thing you want is to miss out on the drama on the pitch….

    Staying safe on night coaches abroad


    Travelling on night coaches abroad can be risky business. Here are a few tips to keep you safe. Staying safe on night coaches abroad Before you step onto night coaches abroad: Check out the route at local travel advisories. If there are warnings about common accidents at night and/or robberies, it may be safer to….

    The dangers of bungee jumping abroad


    Many people go bungee jumping for the first time while they are on holidays abroad. Before taking the plunge, it is important to be aware of the dangers of bungee jumping abroad. Here are some of these dangers. The dangers of bungee jumping abroad While bungee jumping is subject to strict health & safety rules….

    Hidden dangers of hotel balconies


    There are numerous dangers of hotel balconies, all of them capable of causing a serious accident on holiday. The last thing you want is for memories of your trip away to be soured by a painful holiday injury. Therefore, it can be useful to know what to look out for when safety-checking your balcony. What….

    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…..

    Can you claim if your hotel food gives you food poisoning?


    Hotels have a duty of care towards you to prevent personal injuries. This includes maintaining adequate food hygiene standards to prevent food poisoning outbreaks. If hotel food gives you food poisoning and ruins your holiday, you could be entitled to make a food poisoning injury claim. What to do when hotel food gives you food….

    Vaccinations you need when travelling to South America


    Travelling to South America is on the bucket list for millions of people. It’s a staple of any adventurous gap year. And it’s easy to see why. The awesome challenge of the Inca Trail. The pulsating rhythms of Brazil. The passion and colour of Argentina. The sights, sounds and smells of Colombia, Chile, Ecuador… The….

    Dangers of drinking tap water whilst abroad


    As the holiday season looms closer, you are probably thinking of getting your summer break booked. It is wise to remember that in many cities around the world, it is not safe to drink the tap water. Just to remind you, here are some of the dangers of drinking tap water whilst abroad. The dangers….

    Can you claim for an overseas road traffic accident whilst on holiday?


    Do you need to claim for an overseas road traffic accident? Are you wondering if you’re actually able to take this step? If so, the answer is yes. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have years of experience when it comes to helping people claim for injuries that they sustained overseas, and we always do all….

    Dangers of taking inflatables into the sea


    ContentsWhat are the main dangers of taking inflatables into the sea?How can I minimise the main dangers of taking inflatables into the sea?Taking inflatables into the sea is a must for any beach holiday. From extravagant lilos and banana boats to simple rubber rings and beach balls, everyone has a favourite. However, as well as….

    Dangers of bodyboarding in Cornwall


    Bodyboarding in Cornwall has long been a staple on the list of Great British holidays. The beaches in Cornwall rival the coastlines of anywhere in the world. The only drawback, as ever, is the weather. When the sun is shining, few holidays beat bodyboarding in Cornwall. Having said that, the threat of accidents on holiday….

    Should children be allowed in lazy rivers without supervision?


    When you’re planning a family holiday, you want the kids to have as much fun as possible, but you also want them to stay safe. If you’re visiting a water park, for example, it’s worth asking questions like ‘should children be allowed in lazy rivers without supervision?’. Sometimes, there will be warning signs and advisory….

    The dangers of lazy rivers


    The summer will be here before we know it, and for many of us, this means booking a holiday in the sunshine. If you have children, there’s nothing more appealing than a day at the water park, but be careful to avoid accidents. Even the most sedate pools and rides can harbour risks and you….

    Top 3 injuries caused by water slides


    ContentsWater slide injuriesIs it possible to claim for water slide injuries?Whizzing down a water slide at high speed can be exhilarating, but as with most fun-packed activities, there is a risk of injury. If you’re preparing to brave the rides and slides at a water park, here are some of the most common injuries caused….

    What to do if you get stuck in quicksand


    Getting stuck in quicksand can cause extreme panic. It has a reputation from television and film as being a moment of extreme danger. Understandably, this means we are likely to flap and panic if it happens to us. As accidents on holiday go, getting stuck in quicksand is most definitely one to avoid. However, if….

    When are hotels liable for injuries?


    Whether you’re staying in a hotel for business or pleasure, you want to leave feeling refreshed and well rested. If your dream hotel stay turns into a nightmare, Accident Advice Helpline is on hand to help you cope with the consequences. If you’ve been involved in an accident at a hotel or developed an illness….

    Dangers of riding motorbikes on holiday


    Riding motorbikes on holiday can be a fantastic and exhilarating way of exploring your new surroundings. They are more flexible, adaptable and nimble than cars. Motorbikes provide you with a more immersive experience whilst on holiday. However, it’s an unfortunate yet ultimately inescapable fact that riding motorbikes, particularly in unfamiliar areas, is fraught with danger….

    Dangers of riding quad bikes on holiday


    Enjoying riding quad bikes on holiday abroad can help turn a memorable holiday into an unforgettable one, where you experience new activities. It’s a thrilling, exhilarating activity that will get the heart pounding and the adrenaline pumping. Riding quad bikes on holiday is also a great way of exploring new places and getting off the….

    Injuries caused by sun loungers, who is liable?


    Going away on holiday is always fun and going to a hotel and just lying next the pool, soaking up the sun is a perfect way to get away from your job in the cloudy UK. Taking your time off in a sunny country is fantastic but can only be made so if the hotel….

    Ill on a cruise due to food or uncleanliness


    The Athens Convention brought into force in the UK in 1996 states that cruise operators owe their passengers a duty of care to prevent food poisoning outbreaks and personal injuries. Operating in favour of consumers (the operator/carrier is automatically presumed to be at fault unless proven otherwise). If uncleanliness or contaminated food made you ill….

    The dangers of having a tattoo done abroad


    Having a tattoo while on holiday abroad may seem like a fun idea. It could, however, also be risky business. Here are some of the dangers of having a tattoo done abroad. Why having a tattoo done abroad is risky One of the reasons why having a tattoo done abroad is risky is the fact….

    Why all travellers should purchase travel insurance


    Are you planning a summer holiday? Or are you counting down the days until you jet off in pursuit of adventures abroad? Whether you’re going overseas for a long weekend or you’ve booked a one-way ticket, it’s always essential to purchase travel insurance. If you’re involved in an accident abroad, insurance could help to cover….

    Reading terms and conditions before signing no liability clauses


    Reading the terms and conditions before signing a sky diving contract is important. It is, however, of even greater importance when ‘no liability clauses‘ are present. Here is why. No liability clauses in the UK Chapter 50 of the 1977 Unfair Contract Terms Act (England, Wales & Northern Ireland) limits the extent to which companies….

    5 essentials for an accident-free holiday


    Are you looking forward to a summer holiday? Have you been counting down the days for as long as you can remember? If so, the last thing you want to think about travel accidents. Here are five essentials for an accident-free holiday. 5 essentials for an accident-free holiday All of us dream of an accident-free….

    No travel insurance? 5 non-insured horror stories


    ContentsThe risks of skipping on travel insuranceClaiming compensation for holiday accidentsYou often read about the importance of travel insurance, but do you really need it or is it a waste of money? If you’re worried about travel accidents, but you don’t know whether or not you need travel insurance, here are five horror stories, which may….

    What is vertigo and how is it caused?


    Vertigo is the sudden feeling or sensation of spinning, dizziness and loss of balance. Attacks can be sudden and debilitating and can cause inability to complete everyday tasks. Vertigo is much more common than people think. Whether caused by an inner ear infection such as labyrinthitis or a chronic headache or migraine, vertigo can be….

    Is it safe to burn candles in wooden houses?


    Contrary to popular belief, not all homes are made of bricks and mortar. If you live in a wooden lodge, or are planning on travelling and going back to basics, you may wonder if you can burn candles in wooden houses. Candles create a lovely ambience, calming and relaxing. Yet, it is important to know the dangers involved….

    Common compensation claims from airlines


    Common compensation claims from airlines can be broadly split into two categories, namely non-injury related and injury-related claims. Non-injury related compensation claims from airlines The majority of non-injury related compensation claims from airlines involve delayed or cancelled flights. Common compensation claims from airlines related to injuries The most common compensation claims from airlines related to injuries are claims made….

    5 ways to ensure safety in night spots abroad


    Everybody likes to let their hair down and have a little fun when on holiday. In order to ensure your safety in night spots abroad, it is, however, necessary to take a few precautions. Maintaining safety in night spots abroad If at all possible, you should go to night spots abroad without a group of friends, rather than….

    Common skiing holiday accidents


    Common skiing holiday accidents include collisions with other skiers, as well as snowboarding and tobogganing accidents. Occasionally, malfunctioning ski lifts may cause falls from height. Defective electronic or electrical equipment in your hotel room may also lead to injuries by electrocution, fire or explosions. The most common skiing holiday accidents By far the most common skiing holiday accidents, however, are….

    Statistically the most dangerous landmarks to visit


    When you go on holiday, it’’s common to have a must-see list. Many of us visit cities or countries eager to explore and see the sights. In most cases, you can enjoy an incredible day of sightseeing without any problems at all, but there is always a risk of travel accidents. Here are some of….

    What to do if you’re caught in a disaster abroad


    From earthquakes and tsunamis to cruise liner accidents, airplane crashes and terrorist attacks, getting caught in the middle of a disaster abroad is something you could end up having to deal with anywhere around the world. Being prepared for such an event and knowing what to do if you do get caught up in a disaster abroad is therefore highly recommended…..

    Where are injury claims are unlikely to be successful?


    If you’’ve been injured abroad, you may be thinking about making a claim for compensation. Compensation is awarded to people who have been injured through no fault of their own in the UK, but what happens if you are involved in travel accidents? Is it possible to claim compensation and are you unlikely to be successful….

    How to prepare your body for a different environment


    How to prepare your body for a significantly different environment depends a great deal on where you are heading and how fit and well you are before setting off. Issues when preparing your body for a different environment The main problem with preparing your body for vastly different environments is that it is usually not possible to get….

    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….

    Cities where tap water isn’t safe to drink


    If you’’re going on holiday this summer, one of the most important things to find out is if the tap water isn’t safe to drink. We all need water, especially in the heat, so it’’s a good idea to find out if you can drink straight from the tap, or you need to buy bottled….

    The dangers of going on a girls holiday to Brighton


    Going on a girls holiday to Brighton is extremely popular, especially as an alternative to the traditional hen night before a member of the party is to get married. Unfortunately, that girls holiday to Brighton can all too easily turn from a dream trip into a nightmare. Dangers of a girls holiday to Brighton Having fun on the….

    What is altitude sickness?


    If you’’re embarking on an overseas adventure this summer, it’’s advisable to bear the risks of altitude sickness in mind. If you’’re planning to scale mountains or hike up hills, bear these safety tips in mind to reduce your risk of being involved in travel accidents. What is altitude sickness? Altitude sickness is a relatively common….

    Visiting an area with a high rate of disease


    Generally, when we plan a holiday abroad, it is all too easy to become consumed with the good stuff, thinking about new experiences and adventures. Yet, if you are travelling to an area with a high rate of disease, it is important that you consider your health and safety as a priority. While travel accident compensation is available for….

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