Accidents On Holidays

Most of us look forward to our holidays all year, saving up our money and our time off to spend a week or two relaxing with the family. It’s often the highlight of the year, and it can be especially upsetting if you have an accident while you are away.

Many accidents do occur on holiday, however, and it’s often possible to seek compensation from your travel insurer or your tour operator even where the accident has been caused at the hotel or apartment complex where you are staying.  It is essential to retain receipts for any money paid by you to your tour operator to enable you to bring a claim for compensation.  It is also important to keep receipts for the cost of any medical treatment you have had to pay for.

What Sort of Accident on Holiday Can I Claim Compensation For?

You may be eligible for compensation if you have had an accident:

•    In a swimming pool or spa

•    As a result of your accommodation being in a poor condition

•    While taking part in winter sports

•    During an organised excursion

•    While driving or as a passenger in a road traffic accident

•    As a result of a slip and fall at your hotel or apartment

You may also be able to claim if you experience illness or food poisoning after eating a meal in a restaurant or hotel, or drinking contaminated water.

If your holiday has been cut short because of an accident or injury you may also be entitled to compensation. In addition, you may be entitled to recoup any medical or transport costs incurred because of your injury.

How Can I Claim Compensation for an Accident on Holiday?

You will need to keep meticulous records of the accident or injury, including photographs of the scene of the accident.  It will also be helpful to get a copy of your medical records before you leave the country because it may be difficult obtain such documentation from a distance.

You should consult a specialist solicitor* as soon as possible, and discuss your case with them to consider whether or not your claim is likely to be successful. S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors will be delighted to discuss your situation with you and find the best solution for you.


*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.

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