When you’ve been the victim of a travel accident, you may be left feeling very shaken, especially if you were some distance from home. Being in an accident is hard enough when you can retreat to your own home to recuperate, but it’s more difficult when you’re in a strange place without your usual support networks. To make things worse, you will usually have to travel home again after receiving medical treatment, often on the same form of transport, and this can be quite frightening even if you know that the odds of you being hurt again are very slight.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we understand problems like this because we encounter them every day. As a result, we’ve structured everything we do to make it as stress-free as possible if you want to make a personal injury compensation claim. When you feel ready to call us, our advisors will be ready to listen, and we can fight on your behalf to make sure that you’re properly treated by the travel company.
Rights and responsibilities in a travel accident
When you’ve suffered an accident like this, the first thing you need to do is get medical attention, even if you think you might recover without it. This is partly because you may have hidden injuries that will get worse without treatment, and partly because without a medical record of your injuries, you won’t be able to sue for compensation. Whilst it’s unlikely that will be your first concern, it’s always a good idea to keep your options open.
If you do decide to sue, you will normally have three years in which to do so (maybe longer if a child is hurt). In the case of a travel accident, it’s usually better to take action early, as this makes it easier to collect evidence. However, even if you’ve left it for some time, we may be still able to help you with making your claim for financial compensation.
When you travel, the company organising your journey has a duty to keep you safe. If this duty has been breached and you have been injured or made ill as a result, then you should be able to get compensation, whether your accident was caused by the direct actions of a company employee or by negligence, for instance due to poor maintenance.
An expert solicitor
If you decide to claim with us, we’ll arrange for an expert solicitor to fight your corner. We’ll try to make sure that you don’t have to travel to deal with the claim. Just relax and let us take care of it for you.
If you want to discuss your travel accident claim in more detail with an adviser, call us today on 0800 689 0500 from your landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Lines are open 24/7.
Date Published: 8th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell