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 case. 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 Bring A Case 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 Proceed With A Case Relating To An Accident On Holidays?
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.
The first step is to contact a solicitor who can advise you on the specific details of your accident and the process of making an injury case*. Your solicitor will review all relevant information with you relating to the events leading up to the accident, the location of the accident, as well as the records of medical treatment required by you and will give you detailed advice as to how you should proceed.
At S.T. O’ Sullivan & Co. Solicitors we have the 35 years experience in managing personal injury cases and have brought hundreds of cases before The Injuries Board since its inception in 2003.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.