By Aaron Lee. Last Updated 23rd February 2021. Throughout this guide, we are going to take a look at holiday accident claims in length. By reading this guide to the very end, you will gain a greater understanding of holiday accident claims, how the claims process works, and how a personal injury lawyer could offer to handle your case.
For most people, we save all year so that we can enjoy a holiday abroad. We spend months and months feeling excited about our pending trip. So, when an accident happens, it can be devastating on many different levels. If you have suffered an accident on holiday and it was not your fault, it is so important that you get the compensation you deserve. At Accident Claims UK, we have lots of years of experience in overseas accident compensation claims. You can call us today on 0800 073 8801 for more information. But before you do so, please read on to discover everything you need to know about claiming for an accident abroad.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For An Accident On Holiday
- Statistics For Holiday Accidents And Injuries
- Have you Had An Injury Abroad? What To Do After?
- Can I Claim Compensation For A Package Holiday Accident?
- How To Start An Overseas Accident Compensation Claim
- Claiming Compensation For Slip, Trip, And Fall Injuries Abroad
- Can I Claim For An Accident Abroad Which Lead To Fatal Injuries
- Can I Claim For A Road Traffic Accident On Holiday?
- What Can You Include In A Holiday Accidents Abroad Claim
- What Are The Most Common Accidents And Injuries On Holiday?
- Compensation Claims Calculator For An Accident On Holiday
- No Win No Fee Holiday Accident Compensation Claims
- Why Claim With Us?
- Contact Our Team Today
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There are so many different types of accidents and injuries that can occur overseas. From injuring yourself while skiing in France to getting food poisoning while backpacking across Asia, there is no end to the different scenarios that could happen. However, no matter what occurred or where it took place, if the incident was not your fault, there is a very high chance you will be entitled to compensation. In this guide, we will reveal everything you need to know about making such a claim. This includes information regarding accident abroad jurisdiction matters, as well as details on the steps you should take when launching such a claim, common accidents that happen during holidays, and the amount of compensation you could receive if you claim. We will also provide information on some of the specific types of accidents and injuries, such as road traffic accidents abroad.
It is estimated that around 4.4 million people have sustained injuries within the past three years while enjoying a holiday overseas. This is according to Post Office Travel Insurance. If the pain and suffering itself were not enough, many of these people then went on to endure huge medical costs because of a lack of travel insurance. It has been estimated that at least £1 billion has been spent on access to treatment and medication and damage to equipment, loss of equipment, and other expenses.
Injury abroad, what to do next? If you have suffered an injury in another country, it is important to take the necessary steps to gather as much evidence as possible. Of course, seeking medical attention and getting in touch with your insurer always comes first. Once you have done this, you then need to take photographs of the scene and your injuries, if applicable, as well as making a note of what occurred so that you do not forget any valuable details. Furthermore, please report the incident to your travel company and get the contact details of anyone that witnessed what happened.
Yes, there are regulations in place that govern this. These are the Package Travel, Package Holidays, and Package Tour Regulations, which were established in 1992. Your holiday will fall under these regulations if the following three factors apply:
- Overnight accommodation for more than 24 hours was included.
- You paid one company under one invoice for your holiday.
- At least two of the following were combined: transport, accommodation, and another tourist service, for example, an excursion or activity. These must have been booked together prior to your holiday.
So, if these regulations apply to you, this means that the travel company you booked your package holiday through will be responsible for the injury or illness you have obtained. There are lots of common package tour operators in the UK, from Tui to Virgin.
A lot of people assume that claiming for accident abroad compensation is difficult, but it does not need to be this way – not when you work with Accident Claims UK. We can help you to get the compensation you deserve in the most efficient manner possible. Making a claim with us is easy. Simply give us a call and you will be connected with a polite and professional advisor from our team. We will always begin the process with a consultation, which gives you the chance to ask questions and ask questions. This is nothing for you to get stressed about – it is simply so we can understand what has happened to you and advise you in the best way. We can also arrange a local medical for you here in the UK if need be. It is worth noting that there is a personal injury claims time limit, which is three years from the accident date. However, the longer you leave things, the more complicated they get, so it is better to claim as soon as you can.
Slip, trips and falls are undoubtedly the most common types of accidents in the UK and overseas. If you have experienced one of these holiday accidents abroad, you will need to show negligence or carelessness. For example, you may have slipped in a hotel overseas because they laid new flooring, and it was too slippery and dangerous.
If someone you love has lost their life because of an accident that happened overseas, you can claim if you are a dependent or family member of the deceased. For example, you may be the person’s partner or child, or you may have relied on the individual for monetary assistance. When making such a claim, you can claim for the following:
- General damages
- Punitive damages
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Bereavement award
We have helped lots of people to claim car accident abroad compensation. If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, launching a claim is much easier nowadays since the 4thEU Motor Directive 2003, which means all European vehicles are registered on a central database. This makes it a lot easier for the perpetrator to be found. If the individual cannot be traced, you may still be eligible for compensation via the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
When it comes to holiday claims, there are several different things you can secure compensation for. The most obvious being general damages for your pain and suffering. Please note that this also refers to your psychological suffering as well as any physical pain and injuries. In addition to this, accident abroad compensation claims also include damages for out of pocket expenses. So, if you have missed work and lost income due to your injuries and needing to recover, you can claim for this. You can also make holiday claims for loss of enjoyment and travel expenses, childcare costs, and such like.
There are so many different types of accidents that happen abroad and result in holiday compensation claims. Some examples include:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Road traffic accidents
- Car accidents
- Wet floors or misplaced objects that have caused slips, trips or falls
- Injuries that have been suffered while using foreign transport
- Excursion injuries on holiday
- Swimming pool accidents
- Food poisoning
- Illnesses caused because of poor hygiene at the accommodation.
- Injuries that have been sustained due to substandard rental care or defective rental care
- Sporting injuries, for example, those suffered while partaking in skiing or watersports.
Please note that if you have suffered an accident on a package holiday or any other type of holiday and it has not been stated above, you are still within your right to claim if the accident was not your fault. Proving someone else’s negligence and liability is always the defining factor when making a claim. It does not matter how rare or common the type of accident was.
When people call us about their accident on holiday, one of the main things they want to know is how much compensation they will get, and rightly so. However, it is really important to be aware of the fact that there is no set list of payouts when it comes to claiming. All cases are handled on an individual basis. This means your case will be independently assessed, and you will be awarded a fair amount for it. This is fair because there are so many different factors that are taken into account, including how severe the original injury was, on-going symptoms, the impact the injury has had on other aspects of your life, and much more. Therefore, when it comes to payout amounts, we can only ever give you a rough estimate. Even if you use an accident abroad compensation calculator, or a more specific tool, like a sick holiday claim calculator, the figure you are provided with is a loose estimate. Please do not pin your hopes on this. However, do use the table below to get an understanding regarding the typical payout amounts.
|The injury you have been victim of:||The typical compensation amount:||Extra comments to note:|
|Severe Neck Injuries||£39,870 to £130,060||Long-term injuries, which will have a permanent affect on a person life, either through reduced movement or constant pain.|
|Moderate Neck Injuries||£6,920 to £33,750||Painful injuries that will take some time to heal, the duration will generally drive the amount.|
|Minor Neck Injuries||Up to £2,150||Cuts, abrasions and minor sprains, which will heal quickly.|
|Very Severe Ankle Injuries||£43,900 to £61,110||Such as multiple fractures that will result in a permanent loss of some functionality of the ankle.|
|Severe Ankle Injuries||£27,450 to £43,900||Such as multiple fractures, which will leave the foot immobilised for the medium-term.|
|Moderate Ankle Injuries||£12,050 to £23,310||Such as simple fractures, and serious sprained which will heal fully.|
|Minor Ankle Injuries||Up to £12,050||Such as soft tissue damage, minor sprains, and other quick healing damage.|
|Very Severe Foot Injuries||£73,620 to £96,150||Injuries that result in serious permanent disability.|
|Severe Foot Injuries||£36,800 to £61,410||Such as multiple fractures with permanent affect on function and permanent pain.|
|Serious Foot Injuries||£21,910 to £34,370||Such as serious fractures which will leave the foot with permanent damage affecting functionality.|
|Moderate Foot Injuries||£12,050 to £21,910||Such as serious fractures that will leave the foot immobilised until healed.|
|Minor Foot Injuries||Up to £12,050||Such as soft tissue damage, simple fractures and lacerations, which will heal rapidly.|
|Severe Wrist Injuries||£41,760 to £52,490||Such as those which result in the permanent loss of mobility of the wrist.|
|Serious Wrist Injuries||£21,480 to £34,340||Such as compound fractures that will heal in the long-term leaving the wrist immobile until healed.|
|Less Serious Wrist Injuries||£11,040 to £21,480||Such as simple fractures and sprains which will heal in the short-term but leave the wrist immobile whilst healing.|
|Minor Wrist Injuries||£3,090 to £4,160||Such as soft tissue damage, dislocations and other injuries that will heal rapidly.|
Hopefully, this table will have given you a better understanding regarding the sort of compensation you are looking at. Please remember that these are averages. If you use a personal injury claims calculator, you will only ever get rough estimates too. If you are concerned because the injury you have obtained is not in the table above, don’t be. You can still claim. The table above merely highlights some common examples. For further information about payout amounts, give us a call. You can reach our team on 0800 073 8801, and you will find further contact information at the end of the post.
When you claim with Accident Claims UK, you are promised a No Win, No Fee service. What does this mean? This is an agreement whereby you will only pay your personal injury solicitor if he or she secures compensation for you. This basically means that if your claim is not successful, you are not going to be billed for the legal service you received because it has not been effective. This should give you great peace of mind when claiming because you know that it is not possible to end up out of pocket by launching a case. Not only this, but it means that everyone can claim, rich or poor, because upfront payments are not needed, and the legal fees will come from your payout. All No Win, No Fee solicitors charge different fees so that you can discuss this with your lawyer beforehand. They will charge a percentage of your compensation, and their money comes directly from this. You do not need to supplement it upfront or do anything along those lines. This can also give you the reassurance that your holiday claims lawyer is working hard for you and that they are only going to take on your case if they believe it is strong enough to be a success. They will never waste your time, as can so easily be the case if you work with a solicitor that bills you per hour for their service. They won’t really be concerned whether your case is a success or not because they are still going to receive the same amount of money at the end of the day. This is why a No Win, No Fe service is better.
There are, of course, a lot of different personal injury claim firms in the United Kingdom, so you may be wondering why you should trust us with your claim for an accident on holiday? There are a number of different reasons why you should make a claim with us. This includes the following:
- We have years of experience in the industry – We have helped thousands of people across the country to get the compensation they deserve for the accident they have been injured in. This includes individuals that have been hurt in holiday accidents.
- Our solicitors are the best of the best – When you get in touch with us, we will provide you with a personal injury lawyer that has up to 30 years of specialist experience in the industry.
- We operate a fully No Win, No Service – When we say No Win, No Fee, we genuinely mean it. We explained the benefits of this service in the former paragraph, and you are guaranteed this approach whenever you put through a claim with us.
- We genuinely care about the people we work with – We know that any type of accident can have horrible consequences, and we want to give you the space you need to recover and focus on the important things. We will always try to secure compensation in an efficient and smooth manner.
- We always try to secure the highest payouts – Securing compensation is great, but securing the maximum amount of compensation is better. We always strive for the latter.
If you want to put forth a claim for an accident on holiday, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team for more information. You can reach us on 0800 073 8801. This is our personal injury claims line, and you will be pleased to know that it is open seven days a week, 24 hours per day, so you can ring at any time that suits you. You should also know that all of the advice we provide regarding accidents abroad comes free of charge and there is no obligation to use our service, so you have nothing to lose by giving us a call for more information. You will speak to one of our friendly and experienced advisors who will be happy to answer any sort of question you have. You can also head to our contact page for further details regarding different ways you can get in touch with us. This includes requesting a call back via our website, using the live chat facility we have on our site and sending an email. There are plenty of ways to get in touch, so you will be able to find an option that is convenient for you.
We hope that you have found this guide useful in terms of getting the information you need about accidents abroad international personal injury claims. However, if you are still on the lookout for further information, you may find the below useful:
This link takes you to the UK government website, where you will find information on claiming compensation if you have been the victim of a crime abroad.
This link also takes you to the UK government website. On this page, you will find details about travelling abroad.
Head to this NHS page to find information on covering your healthcare abroad. This includes details on applying for an EHIC, treatment in Europe, moving abroad, and country guides too.
holiday accident claims FAQ
What to do if you have an accident abroad?
If happen to find yourself in a situation where you are injured on holiday, you should:
- Call the police and get a copy of the police report.
- Exchange contact information with the relevant parties.
- Take pictures.
Is there a time limit on accident claims?
In order to make personal injury claim, you must begin your case within a personal injury claims time limit of 3-years. The limitation period is extremely important, and should you fail to begin your case, then your case could be affected.
How much money can I get from a personal injury lawsuit?
The amount of compensation you could be awarded will be heavily influenced by the circumstances at hand. For instance, the claim will take into account various factors, such as:
- The cause of the accident.
- The injuries endured.
- Lasting implications of the damages caused.
Thank you for reading our guide on holiday accident claims.