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Holiday Accidents

Suffering an injury while on holiday

For many people, their annual holiday is the biggest investment they make every year. After months of saving, planning, and expectation it can be hugely traumatic to suffer an injury on holiday, and even more so if you feel that the injury in question was done by another party being negligent.

In other cases of personal injury, it is possible to claim compensation in these situations, but, if the injury was sustained overseas then the legal situation suddenly becomes more complex, and, for this reason, it becomes important to seek the help of an expert personal injury solicitor.

Putting together a successful injury claim

In all personal injury claims, two facts have to be confirmed. The first is that an accident, event, or course of events did an injury to you. This will usually discover via medical examination and is, therefore, the simplest part of any claim.

The second fact which needs to be revealed is that the accident in question happened as a result of somebody else’s negligence. In most cases, this will be equally obvious and claimants are often surprised to find that a third party that boisterously denies responsibility in the immediate after-effect of an event becomes much more compliant once legal action is mooted. Indeed, most of the cases are settled out-of-court when the other party realizes it will be useless and expensive to argue their corner. That’s why the services of a personal damage lawyer must be retained. Often, the simple fact that you are claiming with professional help will be enough to win the compensation you deserve.

The laws governing injuries overseas

If you’ve been injured overseas then the condition becomes slightly more complicated, and the exact course of action can rely upon whether you are traveling as part of a package deal or independently. The laws managing package deals are set out in The Package Travel, Package Holidays, and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

For the package provider to be deemed answerable the accident in question has to have happened within the hotel complex itself or on a trip or excursion organized by the package provider. If this is the case, then you should be able to claim the package provider in this country and the usual advice pertains: collect as much information as possible regarding the accident including photographs of no matter it was that caused the argument, contact details of any witnesses, medical reports of your injuries and your own written account set down as soon as possible. With these, your personal injury lawyer will attempt to reveal that the provider of your holiday failed to fulfill their duty of care toward you. The precise details could range from a dangerous swimming pool to food poisoning caused by unhygienic food presentation, but the basic principles always are the same.

In case you are traveling independently and suffer an injury then it may be more difficult to pursue a claim. You may, for instance, need to go to court in the country in which the accident happened, thereby dealing with laws such as health and safety regulations as they are put in that country. The same basic rules apply, however, and the sooner you get in touch with a UK injury solicitor with your details, and the more data you can present, the greater your likelihood of success.

Having a holiday exploited through the negligence of another party is distressing, but no win no fee compensation means that it doesn’t important have to ruin the rest of your year as well.