Accidents Abroad

Whilst you’re enjoying yourself on holiday, the last thing you expect is to be seriously injured. Nobody foresees accidents happening during such times, but they do happen. Being abroad often heightens emotions; being injured in an unfamiliar setting adds to the trauma and stress, more often enough ruining your holiday. 

If you feel that the accident abroad wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim. 

Making holiday claims can typically cause delays; as claims are filed within the country of the accident and subject to the law of that country, not the UK. This can be quite complex, you are not always able to pursue your case in UK courts. 

Although these types of claims can be trickier, there is regulation set up to help protect you. The 1992 Package Travel, Package Holiday and Tour Regulation Act aids those who have travelled via a package holiday company, supporting accident compensation claims. 

If you have not purchased a package holiday, your privately sought hotel still has a duty of care to you to provide a clean and hygienic environment, and health and safety.

Common holiday accidents:

  • Illness due to poor hygiene
  • Road traffic, coach accidents, public transport
  • Gastric illness
  • Bacterial infections
  • Accidents at sea
  • Accidents in a hotel
  • Medical negligence
  • Criminal and sexual assaults 
  • Serious injuries
  • Accidents whilst working abroad 
  • Injuries due to substandard or defective rental car
  • Injuries caused by recreational sporting activities; water sports, skiing, scuba diving
  • Food poisoning
  • Injuries which occurred during a day excursion or day event
  • Wet flooring or misplaced objects, injury via slips, trips, falls

Accidents and illnesses have a wide variety of circumstances. If your injury is not mentioned in the above, do not worry- this list isn’t exhaustive. 

Personal injury claims are very common; if you feel yourself, a family member, or your child has been injured in an overseas accident as result of somebody else’s negligence, you may have a compensation claim. 

Do not hesitate to call 0113 284 5000 or alternatively email James.Thompson@isonharrison.co.uk. We will answer any query and alleviate any concern you may have regarding claiming a personal injury abroad. We aim to make the process as swift as possible; you will receive initial free legal advice about your situation and how to proceed forward. The first step is to seek legal advice, and then book a consultation. 

If you are unable to visit our offices due to your injury, we can of course schedule home or hospital visits for your convenience. 

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