It’s the time of year when people across the country begin looking forward to summer and booking trips abroad. However, for some, the enjoyment is cut short due to personal injury. Accidents can happen anywhere – you wouldn’t accept it at home and you don’t have to accept it abroad.
If you have suffered personal injury abroad you could entitled to compensation for loss of enjoyment, out of pocket expenses (such as medical or transport costs) or even loss of earnings if your injury is severe enough to affect your ability to work. But in what circumstances are you eligible to claim?
A United Kingdom personal injury solicitor will usually only deal with a claim against another UK-based company. As a result, claims are usually against the package holiday company or travel agent. This covers circumstances such as accidents on hotel grounds, food poisoning at hotel restaurants or accidents caused in public spaces on excursions organised by the travel company. There are also certain grey areas which may be considered more difficult cases such as organised water sports, accidents on public transport or accidents on holiday which weren’t booked through an agent. However, it is always advised to contact a personal injury solicitor for a consultation in these circumstances, as injury can have a serious emotional and financial impact on the victim and their family, which shouldn’t be taken lightly.
While your thoughts may be elsewhere after suffering a painful accident, there are several procedures that you can complete following an injury which will ensure maximum success during your case. It is recommended that you report your accident to your travel representative at the time, rather than waiting until you return home. It is also essential to record your injury in the appropriate accident book or log so there is a permanent record of the date, time and details of the incident. Taking names and addresses of witnesses can also help, along with photos of the environment or cause of the incident. Retaining any documentation from the hospital including receipts is also useful.
Personal injury can happen anywhere and the fact that an accident has happened abroad rather than at home is no reason to ignore it. If an injury has affected your enjoyment of the trip you have paid for, cost you money or made you take time off work, you could have grounds for a claim and deserve to be recompensed for your time or costs wasted.
At Wrigley Claydon, our team of personal injury solicitors can assess the problem and fight for the justice you deserve, as well as hopefully ensuring that any hazards are rectified, reducing the risk of injury in the future. Contact us today on 0161 624 6811 or send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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