Ireland Holiday Accident Claims Guide | No Win No Fee

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 26th November 2021. Welcome to this guide to making a claim for an accident on holiday in Ireland.

On this page, you will find a detailed guide on how to claim compensation following an accident on holiday in Ireland. Nobody likes to think about becoming ill or injured while on holiday, but it does happen. This guide covers all of the information you need, to learn how to make a holiday accident claim if you have come to harm while overseas.

You might have additional questions once you get to the end of this guide. If this is the case, please call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801. One of our expert team will be ready and waiting to go over your claim with you, and answer any questions that you have.

Select A Section:

A Guide To Holiday Accident And Injury Claims In Ireland

The Republic of Ireland, is one of the most popular holiday destinations for UK holidaymakers. With over 3 million UK residents heading there each year. The UK Government states that visits are generally trouble-free, although there is a minor threat of terrorist activities. However, some people fall ill, or are injured in an accident on holiday to the Emerald Isle. It is for these people that we have published this guide to making a personal injury claim for a holiday accident.

Ireland holiday accident on holiday in Ireland

Ireland holiday accident

The first part of this guide presents all of the important information that you will need, to be able to deal with your emergency while you are still on holiday overseas. This covers how to get in touch with the Irish emergency services, and also what your situation is regarding healthcare for UK citizens in Irish hospitals. You will also learn about a number of steps that you can take, which will help to prepare for making a compensation claim when you are back in the UK. Additionally, you will find a table that details all of the claim time limits that apply for holiday claims.

The next part of this guide presents a number of different sections, each of which goes into some detail about one of the more common types of holiday claims. This includes:

  • Package holiday accidents and illnesses.
  • Accidents and illnesses at a hotel overseas.
  • Food and waterborne illnesses such as food poisoning.
  • Slips, trips and falls that happen on holiday.
  • Injuries caused by accidents while golfing.
  • Overseas road traffic accidents, including moped, scooter, and motorcycle accidents.
  • Cycling accidents.
  • Insect bites and infestations on holiday.

The final part of this guide starts by making the argument that it is a good idea to use a UK legal firm, rather than an overseas solicitor to process your claim. We will then give an introduction to the holiday accident and injury claims service operated by Accident Claims UK. This is a very simple yet effective way for you to have your claim processed, in a financially risk-free manner.

What you are not going to find on this page, is some form of personal injury claims calculator. These tend to be inaccurate. We prefer to give our claimants proper facts, so we urge you to call us on the number at the end of this guide, so that one of our team can give you an accurate estimate of how much you could be able to claim.

Destinations In The Republic of Ireland

There are many popular destinations in the Republic of Ireland. However, these tend to be the most popular with UK holidaymakers:

  • Dublin
  • Galway
  • Cork
  • Limerick
  • Killarney
  • Aran Islands
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Dingle
  • Kilkenny
  • Kinsale

What To Do If You Get Sick Or Injured Abroad

In the following sections, we will give you the information you need to deal with your emergency. In this section, we are going to lay out a series of steps that you can take, each of which will help you prepare for making a compensation claim when you head back to the UK.

  1. For certain incidents, such as road traffic accidents, or criminal assault, you must make sure that the local police attend the scene.
  2. Always visit the hospital to have your injuries checked. Do this even if you think they are minor, and don’t need any treatment.
  3. If anyone saw the accident and how it happened, ask them for their contact details so that they can be contacted as witnesses if required.
  4. If you were on a package holiday, make sure your travel vendor is informed of the incident (more on this below).
  5. If you can do it safely, gather photographic evidence and the scene of the incident using your phone camera.
  6. Begin to document all of the losses that you suffer due to the accident, illness or injuries.

When you return to the UK, speak with one of the Accident Claims UK team on the number at the bottom of the page, they can help to get your claim started for you. You can also take a look at these two related guides to travel claims and injuries abroad:

Emergency Services And Phone Numbers In Ireland

If you have been injured in an accident, or been the victim of a crime, you need to know how to contact the emergency services. This is actually very easy to do in the Republic of Ireland. The country follows the European standard of providing a single point of contact for all emergency services on 112. Furthermore, this 112 number is mirrored if you dial the more recognisable 999. So, you can dial 112 or 999 from any phone, even your UK mobile, to get put through to an operator. The operator will then take the details of your situation, and send whichever of the emergency services are required.

For some things, such as medical repatriation, you are better off calling the UK Government representative in the country, and these contact details can be found at the bottom of this guide. You can find more information about contacting the emergency services, at this link:

Do UK Residents Need Travel Insurance For Ireland?

To answer the question, do you have to pay for medical treatment in Ireland? then the answer is a conditional no. As long as you have a valid Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) to present when you visit the hospital, you will get free emergency healthcare to the same level as a local citizen.

If you do not have an GHIC, or you require treatment that isn’t covered by an GHIC, then you will need to pay for the medical treatment you receive. If you have a valid health or travel insurance policy, this may cover the cost. If you don’t, then you will have to pay out of your own pocket. If this happens to you, then you could try and claim the cost back as part of an overall claim. Speak to one of the Accident Claims UK team on the number at the end of this guide, to learn more about this. You can find information on applying for an GHIC, here:

How to apply for a European Health Insurance Card

Personal Injury Claim Time Limit – Republic of Ireland

Depending on the circumstances of your case, such as how you booked your holiday, there are certain time limits that your personal injury lawyer must start processing your claim within. This personal injury claims time limit for different circumstances are:

How was the Trip Booked? Time Limit
If you are on a package holiday, and injured while on included transport, at an included hotel, or on an included activity. 3-years.
If you are on a trip that you planned and booked yourself. 2 years may vary contact us for further details
On a flight to or from Ireland/ 2-years.

Republic Of Ireland Package Holiday Injury Claims

If you are injured while on a package holiday, then your solicitor will attempt to get you holiday accident compensation from the package tour vendor. This is because every UK based package holiday firm is required by UK law, to provide you with a minimum standard of safety while on holiday. This covers all transport, accommodation, activities and excursions that make up part of the overall, single price package.

If you do come to harm on a package holiday, it is vital that you inform the company you booked with ASAP, and we have included some useful contact details below to help with this. Once you get home, speak to the Accident Claims UK team to proceed with your claim straight away.

Accidents In A Hotel In Ireland

A hotel, especially one that is understaffed or badly managed, can present holidaymakers with a wide range of potential hazards. These could include:

  • A risk of electrocution from faulty electrical fittings such as lamps, plug sockets and light switches.
  • A risk of burns and scalds from a faulty water heater, kettle or coffee machine in a hotel room.
  • Slips, trips and falls due to faulty floor coverings, or wet and dirty floors.
  • Accidents in the swimming pool area, due to no lifeguard being on duty.
  • Faulty equipment in the hotel gym causing an injury.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can come to harm while staying in a hotel on holiday. No matter the cause of your injuries, Accident Claims UK should be able to help you claim. Speak to one of our team on the number at the end of the page to find out how.

Food Poisoning And Waterborne Illness Claims

A very many holiday claims are made for food poisoning and related illnesses. When UK holidaymakers travel overseas, the combination of no natural immunity to local germs and bacteria, with unfamiliar foods, can lead to a higher risk of food poisoning. Food can go bad for so many reasons, including:

  • Not being cooked properly, or cooked all the way through.
  • Ingredients being cleaned in an unhygienic water source.
  • Food on the breakfast buffet table being left out for too long.
  • Food that is stored at the wrong temperature.
  • Unhygienic kitchens preparing food.

These are just a few of the ways that food can go bad, leading to food poisoning. No matter how you come down with a food-related illness, if it can be proven that the restaurant was at fault, Accident Claims UK can help you to claim. Speak to one of our team on the number at the end of this guide to find out how. We can also help you if you were injured in an accident at a restaurant. Such as slipping on spilt food, or being scalded by having a hot drink tipped over you. Check this guide for more information:

How to make a claim for an accident at a restaurant

Trips, Slips, Or Fall Injuries

Slips, trips and falls are the most common of all holiday mishaps. These accidents can happen at any time, and almost anywhere. You could trip on the curb getting into the taxi to take you to the airport, and you could slip on a wet floor in a fast food outlet at the airport. The risk of slips, trips and falls is ever present. They can be caused by hazards such as:

  • Wet floors that have not been signposted as a hazard.
  • Food or drink that has been spilt on the floor of a fast food restaurant.
  • Water that has been carried into your hotel from the pool area.
  • Broken paving slabs and uneven pathways in the hotel garden.
  • Damaged floor covering in your hotel room, such as warped floorboards or torn carpeting.

There really are a great many ways that these accidents can happen. No matter how yours was caused, Accident Claims UK should be able to assist you by processing a claim. Speak to one of our team on the number at the bottom of the page to get your claim started today.

Golfing Accidents And Injuries In Ireland

One of the most common reasons for UK holidaymakers to visit the Republic of Ireland, is on golfing holidays. The country has a number of world class golf courses, that are available at a very affordable cost. For the most part, these are well-managed golf clubs that are safe to play at.

However, incidents do occur, and golfers are injured from time to time. If it can be shown that the golf club operator was the cause of the accident, then Accident Claims UK will be able to help you make a claim. Call us on the number at the end of this guide and speak to one of our team, they will let you know how we can be of help.

Car Accidents And Traffic Accidents In Ireland

Ireland accident statistics

Take a look at the graph above; it shows statistics for road traffic accidents in the Republic of Ireland. Road traffic accidents are a very common cause of holiday accident claims in Ireland. In fact, road traffic accidents are the most common of all accidents in the whole of Europe. If you are injured as a driver or passenger, then as long as a third party was liable for the accident, then Accident Claims UK should be able to help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Speak to one of our team on the number at the end of this guide, and they will be able to help you get your claim in motion right away.

Claims For Tick And Other Insect Bites

Insect bites can be an annoyance if you suffer an infestation while on holiday. However, they can also cause very serious illnesses and diseases such as Lyme disease from tick bites. If you suffer from insect bites at your hotel on holiday, and you become ill due to them, or even if you only suffer symptoms such as an itchy rash, Accident Claims UK could help you claim for it. Speak to one of our team on the number below to learn how.

Do I Need To Make My Claim A Solicitor Based In Ireland?

There is no advantage at all in using a personal injury solicitor based overseas to process your holiday accident claim for you. It would be very difficult to liaise with an overseas solicitor, and they would have no more chance of winning your claim than a UK legal team would. Accident Claims UK can help you to get the compensation you are entitled to, in your overseas holiday accident claim. Speak to one of our team on the number below, and they will go over your claim with you, and let you know how we can help you.

No Win No Fee Irish Holiday Injury Claims

Accident Claims UK can offer you a financially risk-free way to have your holiday accident claims processed, using our No Win No Fee claims service. We charge no fee at all to start on your claim, and no fee at all as we process your claim. If we fail, and you don’t receive any compensation, there is still no fee. When you do win your claim though, then we will deduct our fee from the payment that we receive for you, and then forward the rest to you.

How Our Holiday Accident Claim Specialists Can Help You

Starting a new claim with us here at Accident Claims UK is very simple. All you need to do is get in touch with one of our team on the number below. When you do, they will go over your claim with you, and let you know whether they think you have a valid claim. If you do, they will then offer you a simple, effective and financially risk-free way for you to have your claim processed. Our new claims process looks like this:

Get in touch via phone, web chat or email. Explain your claim, so we can evaluate it. If viable, we will process your claim for you.

Start Your Claim Today

Were you injured or became ill while on holiday overseas? Do you believe a third party was liable for the harm you suffered? If so, speak to one of the Accident Claims UK team on 0800 073 8801 today. Once we know a little more about your claim, we will offer you some free legal advice on how best to proceed.

Useful Contact Details

British Embassy Dublin

29 Merrion Rd

Dublin 4


Tel: +353 1 205 3700


Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You can find plenty of information published by the NHS, on getting healthcare overseas, at this link:

NHS info on overseas healthcare

You can find the Association of British Travel Agents website at this link:

ABTA website

What evidence would I need to make a claim for an accident on holiday in Ireland?

If you have had an accident on holiday in Ireland, you may be wondering what evidence could assist your claim. Depending on the nature of the accident in injuries, you may need to submit the following evidence:

Evidence of the accident- when it comes to proving that an accident occurred, a police report could be useful. Spoke with photographs of the scene and of your injuries. If you could possibly take witness details while you were at the scene, this could be useful to. That way they could provide a witness statement backing up your claim. If you are unable to take any photographs at the scene, it may be a good idea to do a sketch of the scene. It could be useful, for example, to note the position of any vehicles, in a road traffic accident.

Evidence of your injuries- a report showing that you have visited a doctor or a hospital to get medical advice and medical treatment could be useful.

Evidence of costs and losses-if you intend to claim for special damages, which are meant to compensate you for financial expenses caused by your injuries, you would need evidence. Pay slips, receipts, bills and bank statements could all be useful in helping you to claim everything you are eligible for.

Could you help me make an accident claim for an accident on holiday in Ireland that hurt my child?

We could help you make a child accident claim if your child has been injured on holiday in Ireland. We would be delighted to support you as you make a claim as your child’s litigation friend. We have experience in helping parents claim child accident compensation for a number of different types of accident and injury.

Thank you for reading this guide to claiming for an accident on holiday in Ireland.