Serious accidents abroad are a difficult situation to deal with. Being hurt when you are in unfamiliar surroundings and possibly amongst people who do not speak your language is a confusing and stressful experience. At a time like this you need some straightforward advice about whether you can claim compensation if the serious accidents abroad were not your fault.
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping people who have had accidents abroad for the last 16 years. Here are some simple tips on dealing with accidents abroad.
Top 5 tips on serious accidents abroad
- Try and avoid having an accident in the first place. Don’t overdo the sun or alcohol which can both make you feel disorientated and more likely to fall. Watch out for uneven surfaces as health and safety requirements abroad are sometimes different to that of the UK. Surfaces that are wet, for example around swimming pools, can be especially dangerous. Take special care of children and the elderly. Take sensible precautions when hiring cars or motorbikes.
- Take out appropriate travel insurance before you go and take the policy documents with you so that you can get help straight away. Keep local emergency numbers with you so that you can call the local Emergency Services.
- If you are working abroad and have been hurt because of something that your UK employer did or did not do then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is best to ring Accident Advice Helpline (a compensation provider) to ask for help on this. They have a team of highly trained, professional advisers who have experience in handling queries on accident abroad.
- If you have been hurt in a hotel that you booked as part of a holiday package you may be able to make a claim for compensation from a UK tour operator. Try and record as many details as possible about the accident. Photographs, sketches and witness accounts are all useful. You also need to make a note of all the medical attention that you required (including all the medical attention abroad) and of any money that you had to pay for medical help. Then, when you get back to the UK, keep a note of all the money (e.g. wages) that you lose as a result of your injuries.
- Keep in touch with your personal injury lawyer be telephone. If you are asked for any information, provide it as quickly as you can. Some cases take longer than others to resolve but it is best to avoid any delays that you can. Very few cases actually end up in court so the process should be fairly stress free and leave you to concentrate on getting better.
To discuss your serious accidents abroad claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now.