Had An Accident Whilst On a Package Holiday?
Most holidays pass smoothly and enjoyably. Sadly, things can go wrong and sometimes do so. If you have been unlucky enough to suffer an accident while on a package holiday, either in UK or even abroad, and you were not to blame, then it could be possible to make a holiday accident claim against the organiser of the holiday with the help of Holiday Claims Solicitors.
Where did you have the accident whilst on your Package Holiday?
The Tour Operator could be held liable for the accident if your accident occurred at the hotel or during an excursion or other activity that was included in the package deal.
Suppose that you fell over on a poorly looked-after walkway at the hotel, it might be possible to bring a claim against the holiday organiser. However, if the accident occurred outside the hotel or during an activity not included in the package then it probably would not be possible to claim compensation. For instance, if you had a fall due to a damaged flagstone in the city centre then it is unlikely that the Tour Operator would be deemed liable.
Holiday accidents can be serious and have lasting consequences beyond loss of enjoyment and emotional upset. They can include such events as electric shocks and carbon monoxide poisoning, and falls from unsafe balconies. Holiday Claims Solicitors might be able to help you to bring a claim for compensation if you had an accident that was not your fault.
What caused the accident?
If you caused the accident, perhaps through failing to follow instructions while using the hotel gym, then you will not be able to bring a claim for compensation.
However, if you can prove that the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the organiser or of the hotel staff then you might be able to pursue a claim against them through Holiday Claims Solicitors. Negligence means such things as providing faulty or unsafe equipment or failing to provide adequate warnings about the risks involved. One example would be an accident due to faulty plumbing in a bathroom.
Make sure you report the accident
Holiday Claims Solicitors recommend that you report an accident to the following at the earliest possible time:
* the Tour Operators local representative or to the the company`s head office in Britain
* management at the hotel
* Holiday Claims Solicitors
Ensure that the accident is properly noted in the hotel`s accident book and take a copy of the relevant pages.
If you have taken out holiday insurance cover, contact your provider for medical and legal advice. Be aware that some policies have very stringent deadlines for reporting accidents to insurers.
Get evidence on your package holiday accident to back up your claim
To help Holiday Claims Solicitors to help you, it is vital that you obtain medical help as soon as possible and to make detailed records of what took place. You should keep receipts and request your own copy of medical records.
It is highly recommended that you
* obtain photographic evidence of the accident and its causes
* photograph the injury
* gather names and addresses of all possible witnesses who might be prepared to make statements
* take a copy of the doctor`s report
* make notes and sketches
When you return to the UK
You should contact Holiday Claims Solicitors, who might be able to help you bring a claim against the operator or the hotel for personal injury, expenses and/or loss of enjoyment. They have the experience and expertise to help you pursue a claim despite the complexity and difficulties typical of holiday accident cases.