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Accidents Abroad Claims
Holidays and trips abroad are usually booked for rest and recuperation, but, sadly, sometimes accidents and illness can happen as a result of someone else’s negligence. The personal injury solicitors at JMW have helped many travellers who have suffered an illness or injury while away in the UK or a foreign country, so we understand how frustrating and disappointing it can be to have your holiday ruined by an accident or illness.
To speak to a member of our team about how we can help you if you have suffered an illness or accident on holiday as a result of someone else’s negligence, simply call us on 0800 054 6570. If you would prefer us to contact you, complete our online form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
How JMW Can Help
Our accidents abroad claim solicitors will take a look at your claim and discuss the next steps with you, explaining the claims process in a clear and concise manner. Our expertise means we understand how to put together the best possible case for you. It also means we can make the process as hassle-free as possible for you by providing practical and reliable legal advice.
We can provide all the assistance and advice you need to make a compensation claim for an accident or illness you've suffered abroad. Our solicitors will fight your corner and have experience in dealing with a range of claims, including:
Our team has experience in dealing with accidents in the most common locations holidaymakers visit, such as Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canary Islands and Tunisia, so if you have suffered whilst on holiday in a resort in one of these popular destinations, we will help you make a claim.
A Tour Operator’s Responsibilities
A package holiday is the broad term used to describe a holiday where multiple components, such as accommodation, transport, and often food and beverages, are booked by an individual, via a tour operator, at an inclusive price.
Holidaymakers on a package holiday are able to claim if they’ve had an accident thanks to the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992 and/or the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. This means that if you are hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence while using any facilities promoted or controlled by your tour operator as part of your package, you could be entitled to compensation. This can include injuries sustained within your hotel or even pre-booked excursions (under certain circumstances), as well as illnesses caused by poorly prepared food if you’re on an all-inclusive holiday.
To read more about your legal rights on holiday, take a look at our report on the expectations and responsibilities of tour operators.
FAQs About Holiday Accident Claims
Is there any evidence that might help my claim?
When it comes to making a claim for an injury or illness on holiday, it is important to retain as much documentation as possible. This is because it will help your solicitor to prove the circumstances of your accident and the effect it has had on you. This includes:
- Clear details about your resort
- All booking records, including terms and conditions
- Any photographs of the area where your accident happened
- Information about any assistance provided by the hotel and tour operator, including written reports
- Any witness contact details
- Doctor/medical reports provided by any doctor or medical facility you may have visited abroad
Why should I make a claim for a holiday accident?
Making a claim can help to reimburse you for any expenses you have incurred as a result of your accident, such as medical expenses while on holiday, or time taken off work on your return. You can even be compensated for missing out on any activities you would have undertaken if you weren’t injured or ill.
Can I claim compensation for loss of enjoyment of my holiday?
If you are injured on holiday due to someone else’s actions, and the injury ruins the rest of your time away, you may be able to claim compensation for loss of enjoyment of your holiday. The amount of damages you are owed will vary, as it is based on the estimated value of your holiday if it had not been interrupted by an injury.
This takes into account various factors, including the severity of the injury you sustained and the impact this had on your enjoyment of the holiday, as well as the overall cost of the holiday and the level of experience you should have expected to enjoy. If the holiday was to mark a special occasion, such as a honeymoon or a wedding anniversary, this will be taken into account when the compensation is assessed.
Compensation for loss of enjoyment of a holiday will not be awarded in every case, so you should speak to an experienced solicitor about the specifics of the incident you experienced for advice on what you should expect in terms of damages.