When you’re on holiday the last thing you want is for it to be spoiled by an accident. However, sadly sometimes things go wrong. This leaves you with two choices: to just accept that your holiday has been ruined or to seek justice. Pursuing a holiday accident claim is often the best course of action, particularly if the accident you suffered was caused by the negligence of your holiday operator. No one wants to spend their holiday in a hospital with a broken leg or cooped up in a hotel room, and so if this does happen then it only seems fair to try and get some kind of compensation. But what counts as a holiday accident, and how and when can you go about claiming compensation for one?
What is a holiday accident claim?
Holiday accident compensation claims are made when you suffer an accident, illness or injury on holiday through no fault of your own (for example if the tour or holiday operator is not performing their job correctly). Holiday accident claims can be sought for a number of possible reasons including:
- Illness such as food poisoning or viruses
- Unacceptable conditions (for example poor maintenance or hygiene)
- Personal injury due to improperly maintained facilities (such as a slip or trip caused by a lack of clear signage)
- Sports/activity-related injuries (for example when skiing)
- Accidents caused by rental vehicles
- Accidents experienced on tours
Additionally, compensation need not only be sought as a result of the conditions or your treatment in a hotel. Specific cruise liner and air accident compensation claims, for example, can be just as common, and cover you should anything happen to you in transit. Air accident compensation can also cover not only incidents involving commercial airlines but also helicopters and light aircraft.
When and how to pursue a holiday accident claim
Holiday accident claims can be somewhat more difficult to obtain than others for various reasons. Perhaps one of the biggest of these is the fact that claims for accident compensation abroad can often be subject to the laws of the country the accident happened in. You must also make your holiday accident claim no more than three years after the incident itself if at all possible; staying within the bounds of this time limit will make it much easier to successfully claim.
However, the most important thing to remember is that holiday operators owe you a duty of care, meaning that they are legally obligated to provide you with their services in a safe manner. If they fail to do so and it ruins your holiday with discomfort, illness or injury then it is understandable that you would want to seek holiday accident compensation.
We are here to help you get the recompense you deserve. We aim to make the claiming procedure as no fuss as possible, bringing you all the advice and reassurance you need in order to make it a successful one. In short, your holiday accident claim will be well looked after with us.