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Making Successful Holiday Accident Claims

Posted on 3 November 2016 | 11:25 am by

If you or your family member suffered an accident on holiday, an injury on holiday or developed an illness during the course of your package holiday which was no fault of your own, then you might be entitled to make personal injury compensation claim. According to Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992, your package holiday organizer has a strict duty of care to ensure that you have a safe and healthy holiday experience. If the travel agent fails to do so and you end up having an accident, injury or illness while on a package holiday, then you can make a holiday accident claim against your travel agent once you come back home.


Making a claim for accidents abroad on package holiday

Personal injury lawyers in the UK would only be able to make a compensation claim against your package holiday organizer for a holiday accident, injury or illness which happened abroad, if you booked your holiday through a tour organizer in the UK. Secondly, in order to make a holiday accident claim in the UK, the accident, injury or illness should be the fault of the holiday package organizer or its representative in the country such as the hotel staff.

You can make a claim against your travel agent if you suffered an injury, accident or sickness due to any of the following reason:

  1. Slipping, tripping or falling due to poorly maintained walkways, washrooms or wet floors in the hotel
  2. Accidents during any excursion activity that was a part of the package
  3. Ferry or boat accidents
  4. Falling from balcony of the hotel
  5. Coach accidents
  6. Food poisoning because of eating or drinking from the hotel
  7. Fatal injuries
  8. Swimming pool accidents

Making an accident claim on a non-package holiday

If you suffered an accident, injury or illness while on a holiday abroad even if you didn’t book your holiday as a part of some package, you can still make a compensation claim against the liable party for example the hotel staff once you come back home to UK.

For more info read: Can you claim compensation for accident happened on non-package holiday?

Claiming compensation for holiday accidents

If you want to find out how to claim for accidents on holidays, then follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention and ask for a written medical report from the doctor or hospital.
  2. Report the accident to hotel management or representative of your package holiday organizer present at the hotel.
  3. Take photographs of the injury and the accident
  4. Collect contact information of the witnesses
  5. Keep record of medical receipts and other travelling expenses

Seeking legal advice once you are back home

Holiday accident claims can be complex. So choosing the right personal injury solicitor with years of relevant experience is very crucial for determining the success of your holiday accident claim. There are online claims portals that directly connect to competent and well-qualified lawyers. Those solicitors will assess your case mostly on no win no fee basis. They will be able to provide comprehensive insights regarding:

  • What is the time limit for pursuing a claim after having an accident abroad?
  • How much compensation you are entitled to receive for your holiday accidents abroad?

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