Even though Summer has finally arrived here in the UK, many of us will still be jetting off to hotter climates abroad on long-awaited summer holidays, or we may be holding out for the colder weather to return before going away to catch some Winter rays. Here’s to hoping that you have a fabulous holiday, whatever it is you have got planned!
Sadly however, holidays can often turn from a happy, enjoyable time into a dreadful nightmare. Some holidaymakers face very serious problems and injuries whilst on holiday, due to food poisoning, injuries whilst out on holiday adventures, or simply slipping over by the side of the pool or in the restaurant of the hotel.
If you have an accident whilst on holiday, always be sure to report your accident to both the hotel staff and your holiday rep, and don’t forget to also tell your travel insurance company. On your return home to the UK, you may then consider whether it is possible to make a claim for compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Your claim can cover the loss of enjoyment on your holiday and loss of earnings that you may suffer on your return home if you cannot go back to work due to your injuries.
There is legislation which is helpful to holidaymakers to enable them to make a claim for compensation. This legislation is known as the Package Travel Regulations. These regulations are important and are helpful for a variety of reasons. They become extremely useful in the case of making a personal injury claim for financial compensation.
In order for you to be able to bring a claim under these regulations, an essential ingredient is that the holiday must have been booked as a ‘Package’, which means booking at least 2 elements of your holiday together such as transport (flights), accommodation and /or other tourist services. If your holiday was booked as a package then you may be able to bring your claim in the UK against the Travel Agent you booked with. This is helpful as making a claim under foreign laws is very complicated; often very time consuming, expensive and also uncertain.
If you do not know or are not sure whether your holiday was a ‘Package’ or not then we would be more than happy to take a look at your travel documents to see whether we consider it possible.
It’s also possible, in certain circumstances to bring a claim if for example you have a road traffic accident whilst abroad in the EU. If you have suffered as a result of a road traffic accident in the EU, please feel free to contact us today and we will be happy to advise you further.
We sincerely hope that you, your family and friends have a fantastic and relaxing holiday with no problems arising, however should you have an accident whilst on holiday, do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our specialist advisor’s to discuss any potential claims that you may have. On a final note, it is really important, especially when you have an accident abroad, that you act quickly on your return as often, different countries have different applicable time limits.
If you have suffered from an injury on holiday that was through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to financial compensation. For free legal advice from a specialist Holiday Accident’s solicitor, and help with making your claim please call 0845 456 4007.