Kos – Greece Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For A Personal Injury In Kos – Greece? On Holiday

Kos holiday accident

Kos holiday accident

In the sections below, you will read a comprehensive guide that covers making a claim for compensation if you have had an accident on holiday in Kos. It is an unfortunate fact that thousands of holidays are ruined every year, due to a holidaymaker becoming sick, or being injured in an accident of some kind. This guide is aimed squarely at these people. It will teach you all you will have to know about the process of making a claim when you return home.

You will likely have additional questions once you have finished reading all of this guide. This is no problem, all you have to do is speak to one of the Accident Claims UK team on 0800 073 8801. They will go over your claim with you, and offer you some advice on how to proceed with your claim, as well as answer any questions that you have.

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A Guide To Getting Compensation For An Accident On Holiday In Kos

In this guide to holiday accident claims in Greece, you are going to find plenty of sound advice and valuable information, that will equip you with the knowledge that you will require to begin deciding how best to proceed with your own claim. The guide starts by offering the kind of information that you require, equipping you to deal with the incident while you are still on holiday. This includes sections on the steps that will help you prepare for making a claim back home, how to contact the emergency services, how to get healthcare overseas, and how long you have to make your claim.

The next part of this guide covers some of the commonly seen reasons that people make a claim after a holiday accident, and this is inclusive of:

  • Making a claim for an injury or illness on a package holiday.
  • How to claim if you were injured in a hotel overseas.
  • Food-related illnesses such as food poisoning and how to claim.
  • Slips, trips and falls on holiday.
  • Accidents on ships, boats, ferries and while involved in water sports.
  • Road traffic accidents that happen on holiday.

The last part of this guide covers aspects of the claim itself, such as whether you will have to use a Greek solicitor to make your claim. We will also go over the claims service that we operate here at Accident Claims UK, and why this is a great choice for people who want their claim processed in a financially risk-free way. What you will not find on this page is an inaccurate personal injury claims calculator. We prefer to give people a more personal service. Call one of the team at the contact details down at the very end of the page to find out how much you could potentially claim.

Popular Places For Tourists In Kos, Including Resorts, Towns And Beaches

The Greek Islands are a popular destination for UK holidaymakers seeking some sun. Kos being one of the more popular islands visited over all. People visit areas of the island such as:

  • Kardamaina
  • Marmari
  • Antimachia
  • Kefalos
  • Mastihari
  • Tigaki
  • Pyli
  • Zia
  • Palio Pili
  • Platani

I Was Injured On Holiday In Kos, What Should I Do?

There are lots of ways that people can come to harm while they are on holiday, such as swimming pool accidents for example, which are very common. No matter how you were caused harm, if you intend to attempt a claim for it when you return how, there are some things you can do right away, to help with this. Such as:

  • If anybody saw what happened, get their contact details so they can be contacts to give witness if needed.
  • Collect evidence, such as photographs of the cause of the accident.
  • If you are on a package holiday, make sure that you inform your tour company of the incident.
  • Document all of the losses that you suffer, both physical or financial.
  • Visit the hospital, even if you think that you don’t have to. It is important that your injuries or illness are officially recorded.

When you return home to the UK, speak to one of the Accident Claims UK team on the UK telephone contact details down in the last part of the guide. They can help you to get your claim started.

Useful Emergency Contact details In Kos

You will have to contact the Greek emergency services if you get into trouble while on holiday in the Greek islands. The good news here, is that Greece has conformed with the European standard of providing a single contact number (112), which will get you in touch with all of the emergency services. When you call 112, an operator who can speak English will answer (you can call from any phone, even your UK mobile). They will listen to you explain your problem, and then send any emergency services that are needed. It is still possible to contact the emergency services directly, on these contact detailss:

  • 112 – for the unified emergency contact details.
  • 199 – for the fire service.
  • 100 – for the police.
  • 1571 – for the tourist police.

You can find more information about contacting the local emergency services at this link:

How to contact the emergency services in Greece if you need them

Kos Healthcare And Hospitals

If you are injured or become ill whilst on holiday on one of the Greek islands, calling 112 as explained above, will get you the medical attention you need. Whether you have to pay for this medical care or not, depends on whether you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If you do, then you will receive emergency treatment as if you were a local resident. If you don’t, then you will need a valid health or travel insurance policy to cover the costs. Failing this, you will have to pay from your own funds.

In this case, you could try and claim this cost back at a later stage. Accident Claims UK can help with this, speak to one of our team members by using the contact details down in the last part of the page to learn how. You can find more information on receiving medical care on the Greek Islands at these links:

NHS information on medical treatment for UK citizens on the islands

UK Government travel advice for Greece

How Long After My Accident On Holiday In Kos Can I Make A Compensation Claim?

There is a personal injury claims time limit that you must begin your claim within, and for Greece, these are:

Accident, Injury or Illness Time Limit
If the holiday was booked through a UK package holiday company. 3 years may very
You booked your trip independently. Up to 5 years may very
All types of road traffic accidents. 2 years to 5 years may very
Accidents on a boat in international waters. 2 years from the date the passenger stepped onto the vessel may very
An accident on a Greek train. 3 years may very
Injuries on a flight into or out of Athens, Ioannis Kapodistrias, Heraklion, Rhodes or other international airports in Greece. 2 years may very

Kos Package Holiday Injury Claim

It is important to understand that package holiday injury claims are a little different. When you are injured on a package holiday, whether on transport that was included in the price, when staying in a hotel that was part of the package, or whilst on any excursions and activities that were included, it will be the package tour company that you pursue for damages. This is because these travel firms are regulated under UK law, and must provide you with a very specific level of safety while on holiday. If they don’t, then you can make a claim against them. You do have to make sure that you let your travel company know if you have been harmed, while you are still on holiday.

When you get home, Accident Claims UK can act as your package holiday claim specialists and process your claim for you. Speak to one of the team on the UK telephone contact details at the bottom of this guide to proceed.

Hotel Accident Claims In Kos

If you are injured or become ill due to the actions of the operator of the hotel that you are staying at, then a personal injury solicitor will probably be in a position to process a claim for you. A badly run or understaffed hotel can present some very serious hazards for guests, such as any of the following:

  • Food-related illness caused by dining at the hotel
  • Accidents in and around the pool area.
  • Faulty room fittings, such as a light switch or lamp electrocuting a guest.
  • Badly maintained gym equipment causing an injury.

As you can see, the list of hazards at a hotel could go on. No matter how you are harmed at your hotel on holiday, Accident Claims UK will probably be in a position to help you. Call the contact details down in the last part of the page and speak to one of the team today to start your claim.

Sickness, Illness, & Food Poisoning In Kos

For UK holidaymakers overseas, the risk of food poisoning is always present. Not because foreign eateries are any less hygienic than those in the UK. It is simply because we have no immunity to the foreign strains of bacteria. When this is combined with eating unfamiliar, often spicy foods, then stomach problems can be the result. Food can go bad in so many ways, such as:

  • Being undercooked or not cooked through.
  • Being stored at the wrong temperature, being kept too warm.
  • Utensils or food preparation surfaces not being cleaned properly before preparation.
  • Food being left out on a buffet table for too long.

These reasons are often the precursor to food-related illnesses for UK holidaymakers. If it can be proven the restaurant, or other food outlet was at fault, and caused your food poisoning in Kos, Accident Claims UK can help you by processing your claim. Call the contact details down in the last part this guide and speak to one of the team to learn how.

Slips, Trips, & Falls

Accidents such as slips and falls are very common. Every holidaymaker is at risk of these simple yet often very serious accidents. From the moment you step into the taxi to take you to the airport, while boarding the plane, while exploring the cobbled streets of Kos, until walking up your path on the way home, you are at risk, due to hazards such as:

  • Damaged hotel floorings, such as torn carpets or warped floorboards.
  • Dirty floors in a restaurant caused by spilt foods or drinks.
  • Wet flooring around the pool area at your hotel.
  • Uneven pavements such as cobbles and gravel.
  • Broken paving slabs or curbstones in the road.

Hazards such as these can cause a nasty slip, trip or fall. And if they do, Accident Claims UK can help you to attempt a claim. Our team will be in a position to tell you how, call us today on the UK telephone contact details down in the last part of the page to get started.

Claims For Boating, Ferry, & Sea Sport Accidents

One of the more complex holiday claims that a personal injury lawyer will deal with, are those for incidents that happen at sea, in international waters. What law applies in this case? Who is pursued for damages? The Athens Conventions sets out the rights of passengers, and clearly states that no matter where the incident takes place, the boat operator will be liable for personal injuries, and also loss of or damage to personal property. If you are injured whilst on a boat, ferry or cruise ship around Greece’s shores, Accident Claims UK can help you. Speak to one of the team on the UK telephone contact details at the very end of the page to get started on your claim today.

Kos Car And Road Accident Injuries, Including Whiplash

Kos accident statistics

Take a look at the graph above; it shows that on Greek roads, fatal road traffic accidents are still common, although they have tailed off in the last decade. Claims for a road traffic accident are one of the most common holilday accident claims.

Accident Claims UK is very experienced in processing overseas road accident claims, and we are sure that we can help you with yours. When you are ready to begin your claim, call one of the team on the UK telephone contact details in the last part of this page. They will go over your claim with you, and then offer you a simple way to proceed.

Can I Claim For My Accident On Holiday In Kos With A UK Based Solicitor?

You could use a local solicitor on Kos to process your personal injury claim. However, there are no advantages in doing so, and a plethora of disadvantages, such as keeping in contact with your legal team when in different countries

A much better option is to use a UK based legal firm, such as Accident Claims UK, to process your claim. We have exactly the same chance of being successful as a Greek solicitor would have, and are much easier to keep in touch with. Speak to one of the team via the telephone contact details below to learn how we can help you today.

Conditional Fee Kos Holiday Accident And Injury Compensation Claims

Accident Claims UK can offer to process your claim under a comprehensive No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there is no fee to get started with your claim, no fee for the entire time we are processing your claim, and no fee if we don’t win you any compensation in the end.

When we do charge a fee is when we have received a compensation payout for you. We will then take our fee from the settlement received, and pass the rest on to you. This fee will have been agreed upon before hand, so there are no surprises. As you can clearly see, this is a way to have your claim processed with no financial risk at all. You will either win your claim, or you won’t pay anything. Speak to one of the team on the UK telephone contact details below to learn more about this service; they will be happy to explain more about how it works, and also to help get your claim moving forward right away.

Why Make A Holiday Accident & Illness Claim With Us

Accident Claims UK has an excellent track record of securing substantial compensation settlements for our clients, across a wide range of complex types of claims. We can help with all types of holiday claims including personal injury, damage to property and also flight delay compensation. Any time you come to harm on holiday, and a third party was at least partially the cause; we will probably be in a position to help you make a claim.

We will always do everything we can to ensure that your claim is successful, and also that you win the maximum level of compensation possible. We are available to speak with you on the phone whenever you need an update on what we have been doing for you, or if you have questions about your claim. We communicate using simple English and won’t try to blind you with legal jargon. We are committed to providing claimants with the best claims service possible, with the highest success rate. Speak to one of the team on the UK telephone contact details below today. They will go over your claim with you, explain your legal options, and then offer you a simple and effective way for you to have your claim processed, in a completely risk-free manner form a financial standpoint. You really have nothing to use and everything to gain.

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Reach out to us on the UK telephone contact details below. Explain how you came to harm. We will process a claim for you if it is viable to do so.

Contact Us Today

Do you need an expert team of holiday compensation solicitors? Have you come to harm while on holiday on the island of Kos? Do you believe that you have a valid reason to process a claim? If so, speak to one of the Accident Claims UK team on 0800 073 8801 today. They will discuss your claim with you, and once they know enough to give informed advice, will tell you what your legal options are, and offer you a financially risk-free way to have your claim processed.

Additional Resources

British Embassy Greece – Athens

British Embassy Athens

1, Ploutarchou str

106 75 Athens


Telephone: +30 210 7272 600

Web: www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-athens

Opening hours: 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

British Consulate in Kos

8 Annetas Laoumtzi Street

853 00



Telephone: (+30) 22420.21.549

Web: https://www.british-consulate.net/uk/United-Kingdom-Consular-Assistance-Kos

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

You may also find these additional guides on this website to be of use, with further information:

A guide that covers making claims for a holiday accident

How to claim for a holiday accident or illness while you are in Greece

Claiming for an accident that happened in a restaurant