Holiday Accidents Claims
Holidays are supposed to be a time at which we relax and de-stress, recharging our batteries or exploring new and exciting places. Unfortunately, things do not always go according to plan and accidents on holiday can lead to complications and additional pain, suffering and expense.
Claims for holiday accidents can be some of the most complex cases to make a personal injury claim for, as they may involve foreign legal systems, different languages and even just the difficulties of communicating across different time zones. For this reason, we strongly recommend talking with our expert team of holiday accident claims solicitors before starting the process of making any personal injury claim abroad. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to find out whether we can help with your holiday accident claim.
Common Reasons Of Why Accidents On Holidays Happen
There are a wide range of different types of holiday accidents, much as there are a huge range of accidents that occur at home. Some of these include:
- Slips, Trips And Falls
Slips, trips and falls could happen at any time, but if you are in a location where insufficient care has been taken to preserve your safety, you may be eligible for compensation. This includes if handrails are missing or wet floor signs are missing or obscured.
- Accidents On Board A Cruise Ship
Cruise ships are confined spaces in which every part of the environment is under the control of the management of the cruise company. As a result, a claim for personal injury following a holiday accident on a cruise ship can be very straightforward. It can often be easier to prove liability (that the management was responsible for your accident) in such a clearly defined situation.
- Food Poisoning
Hotels and restaurants are responsible for looking after your safety and ensuring that the food you eat is prepared in a hygienic manner in a clear and suitable environment. Food safety standards may differ between countries, but all food companies you may purchase from should be adhering to the local requirements. Making a claim for food poisoning as a result of meals offered as part of a package holiday can be easier than if you are a lone tourist, but you are entitled to compensation in either case.
Can I Make A Claim For My Holiday Accident If I Was Not In The UK?
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you are able to make a claim for compensation almost anywhere in the world. The process, the amount you can claim for your holiday accident and the types of evidence that may be required might be different to those expected in the UK, depending on where in the world your holiday accident occurred, but the principle that you should receive compensation if someone else has not taken sufficient care with your safety is almost universal.
In order to make a claim for compensation for your holiday accident outside of the United Kingdom, in almost all cases you will need to put that claim forward in the courts (and therefore under the legal system) of the country in which the holiday accident occurred. This makes sense, as owners of bars, hotels and holiday attractions can only be expected to adhere to the laws of the country they are in. Working within a foreign legal system can be daunting. If you think that you might need to make a holiday accident claim in a foreign legal system, we highly recommend getting expert legal advice first by calling us on 0121 565 4317 or by using our online claims form.
The process of making a claim for a holiday accident abroad is likely to be complex and time-consuming. It is important that you discuss with us whether we may be able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis or, if not, what alternative funding options may be available.
What If My Accident Was While I Was On A Package Holiday?
If your holiday accident occurs while you are on a package holiday, you may be able to claim in the UN (and therefore under the British legal system) even if the accident happened abroad. This is because it is a British company that is being held responsible for your safety and so the matter is considered to be relevant to the British courts. This can both speed up and simplify the process of making your holiday accident claim significantly.
In order to make a claim for your holiday accident against your package travel company provider, you will need to demonstrate that the accident happened as a part of the package holiday. This could include the accident happening in a hotel booked through the package holiday, the accident happening whilst you are on an excursion offered as a part of your package holiday or by the package holiday provider or if you contract food poisoning whilst eating in a hotel or from a buffet provided as a part of your package.
You would not normally be able to make a holiday accident claim against your package tour operator for accidents that happen while on the holiday but in an environment over which they have no control, for example slipping in a supermarket or travelling on public transport if this is not part of an excursion. Those kinds of claims would have to be pursued through the courts in the country you were visiting.
Are Holiday Claims Different If I Was Holidaying In The UK?
Holiday claims within the UK are much more straightforward than those which occur abroad. Making a personal injury claim for your holiday accident is no different to making any other personal injury compensation claim if the holiday accident occurs in the UK. This means that we will almost certainly be able to offer you our services on a no win no fee basis, that we will almost always be able to resolve your claim without having to go to court and that the process will be far quicker and more streamlined.
If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of a holiday accident and the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you will be able to make a claim for compensation. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form and our solicitors will call you back to discuss your case. Our expert team of holiday accident claims solicitors will discuss your claim with you, making sure that we understand what happened, the extent of your injuries and the impact it has had upon your life. This will enable us to give you the best possible advice about how to pursue your claim and the amount of compensation you might expect to receive.
Once you have agreed to a no win no fee arrangement, we will write to the person responsible for your accident, informing them that you are making a personal injury compensation claim and asking them to accept liability (this is the legal term for accepting that they were at fault). We will gather evidence to support your claim that they were liable for your accident if necessary to put together the most compelling case.
Once liability has been agreed, we will carry out negotiations on your behalf to agree the appropriate level of compensation you deserve. This will usually be in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Judicial College, which gives advice as to how much compensation different types of injury would normally attract. We will also make sure that you are fully compensated for any expenses you might have incurred, such as loss of earnings or having to make modifications to your home to facilitate your recovery. If you have had to cut your holiday short as a result of your holiday accident, we would also seek compensation for this to ensure that you are not left out of pocket as a result of the carelessness of others.
How Much Compensation Can I Get For Holiday Accidents Abroad?
It is impossible for us to provide an accurate estimate of the amount of compensation you might be able to claim for your holiday accident abroad until we know more details about your case. This is because the amount of compensation you are entitled to will vary not just according to the severity of your injuries and any losses you may have suffered as a result (as it would in the UK) but also on the specifics of the legal system in which you will be claiming. The best way to get an accurate estimate of the amount of compensation you may be able to claim for your foreign holiday accident is to call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online. Our expert team of experienced holiday accident claims solicitors are there to help you every step of the way.
What If I Can’t Afford To Make A Holiday Accident Claim?
Getting injured on holiday, especially abroad, can be very expensive. You may need to pay for additional travel costs as well as medical bills and even accommodation. Finding the money to pay for the legal advice you need to make your personal injury claim as a result of your holiday accident may be just a step too far. This is why we try to offer our services on a no win no fee basis wherever we can. If we are not able to give you a no win no fee agreement for your holiday accident claim, our sympathetic team will discuss alternative funding options with you to try to give you the best possible legal support in your claim without putting you at financial risk. We want you to get the compensation you deserve for your injury to help you get your life back on track. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form and we will call you back.