A holiday should be a time to relax and get away from it all. The last thing you want to worry about is the possibility of an accident, and how it might impact your life. But accidents can happen abroad, just as they do in this country. If you’re unfortunate enough to have been injured while abroad, and you believe that someone else may have been at fault, then you could be entitled to compensation.

What is a holiday accident claim?

Legally, businesses like hotels, holiday resorts and tour operators must ensure the safety and wellbeing of their guests. If this duty of care is breached due to negligence and you suffer an injury as a result, whether on the premises of your accommodation or elsewhere during your stay, you have the right to claim compensation. This also applies to incidents like road traffic accidents abroad, provided they were not your fault. 

Making a holiday accident claim can help you address the pain and suffering caused by such negligence, ensuring you receive the justice and support needed for your recovery.

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Types of holiday accident claim

Though holidays are a time for rest, relaxation and adventure, sometimes things unfortunately don’t go as planned. There are many situations where accidents can occur whether during your journey, at your accommodation or on an excursion:

  • Accidents boarding or disembarking a plane or any other mode of transport.
  • Road traffic accidents abroad, especially if you were a passenger or pedestrian and not at fault.
  • Slipping over in a holiday resort on an uneven path or slippery floor that had no sign.
  • Poorly lit walkways at hotels that lead to slips, trips or falls.
  • Swimming pool injuries caused by lack of safety instructions or lifeguard presence.
  • Faulty hotel furniture or electricals in the room.
  • Food poisoning from a buffet at a hotel or on a cruise ship.
  • Sports-related accidents, especially due to poor equipment or lack of safety measures.

The evidence you’ll need to make a holiday accident claim

Starting the process of making a holiday accident claim can feel a little daunting, especially when it’s an accident that’s happened overseas. At Injury Lawyers 4U, our experienced legal team bring years of expertise in handling such cases and are ready to help you claim the compensation you deserve. 

To build a strong claim, we’ll need some detailed information from you. Here’s what we’ll need to know:

  • When the accident took place, where it happened and how.
  • The extent of your injuries and the suffering they’ve caused.
  • Who you think may be responsible for the accident.
  • Any supporting evidence you have, such as statements from witnesses, official accident reports, photos, videos or CCTV footage.
  • Medical reports that show the diagnosis and subsequent treatment you’ve received.
  • The impact the accident has had on your life.
  • Any financial expenses you’ve incurred as a direct result of the accident.

Reach out to Injury Lawyers 4U today. Our skilled team is ready to offer you comprehensive, free legal advice, helping you understand your rights and whether you have a valid claim.

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The compensation you could receive for a holiday accident

The amount of compensation you will be able to claim for your holiday accident is primarily determined by the severity of your injury and the impact it has had on your life. Here is what may be covered in your compensation:

  • Refund for the cost of your holiday if your experience was severely impacted by the accident.
  • Compensation for the pain and suffering the injury has caused.
  • Coverage for any loss of income or potential earnings you missed out on because of your injury.
  • The cost of any medication or ongoing treatment you’ll need.
  • Any care costs, whether you receive professional care or care from friends and family.
  • Any other expenses linked to your injury including travel costs to doctors appointments.

To receive an estimate of what you could receive in general damages compensation for your holiday injury, use our compensation calculator

What to do in the case of an accident

If you have an accident on holiday and you suffer an injury as a result, here are the steps you should take to ensure your safety and support a potential compensation claim in the future:

  • Get medical attention right away. 
  • Report the incident to hotel staff or your holiday rep immediately.
  • Make sure the accident is documented in the hotel or resort’s accident book.
  • Take photos or video of where the accident occurred.
  • Gather contact details from anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • Save all receipts and keep notes of any costs you incur because of the accident.

Your first priority in the case of an accident or injury abroad should be to ensure the safety of yourself and the people you’re travelling with. Then it is important that you inform the local police, as well as your hotel and tour operator or airline, as they may be able to deal with the situation more adequately than you can alone and provide assistance if necessary. They will also be able to submit reports later on to validate your claim.

If you think there may be grounds for compensation, then it’s time to get in touch with Injury Lawyers 4U. We’ve handled holiday accident claims in countries all over the globe, and we have helped to ensure that our clients receive the compensation that they deserve. 

Attempting to make progress in foreign countries with unfamiliar legal systems with regard to accident claims can be difficult, and at times impossible. However, at Injury Lawyers 4U we have the experience and the expertise in dealing with claims around the world and helping our clients get the maximum compensation, allowing you to get on with enjoying your holiday and your life.

Claiming compensation for an accident on a package holiday

If you’re injured while on a package holiday, you’re covered under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. This means that no matter if the accident happened at the hotel or travelling between excursions during your holiday, the tour operator is responsible. Therefore, your compensation claim would be made against them.

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Claiming compensation for a holiday accident in the UK

Just like when travelling abroad, if you’ve suffered an accident while on holiday in the UK due to someone else’s negligence, you’re entitled to seek compensation. This covers injuries at accidents in hotels, entertainment venues, or anywhere else you might visit during your stay. For example, if your hotel didn’t keep its floors clean and you slipped, or if a theme park didn’t fix a broken ride and you were injured as a result, you could make a personal injury claim.

At Injury Lawyers 4U, we have many years of experience in handling holiday accident claims on behalf of our clients. Whether your accident occurred in the UK, abroad, at sea or in the air, we have the legal knowledge to navigate differences in laws and regulations from one place to another. Our team is committed to taking on challenging cases, often securing significant compensation for our clients where others might not succeed.

Every claim is handled with sensitivity and on a ‘no win, no fee‘ basis, so there’s no financial risk to you. We can’t prevent accidents, but if they happen, we’re here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

So, if you’ve suffered an accident or injury abroad, contact our specialist team of solicitors via 0333 400 4445 or our short contact form today and we’ll get straight back to you.