If you suffer a personal injury while on holiday or travelling, then you may be able to make a claim for some compensation. This is usually only possible if the accident causing your injury was not your fault – but even if you are unsure who is responsible for the incident, it is still worth seeking legal advice to clarify the matter.
Getting the support of a specialist personal injury solicitor at the earliest stage is really important for holiday and travel accidents – as these cases can involve dealing with the laws of a foreign country, depending on where the accident took place. Holiday injury claims are therefore often more complicated than some other types of personal injury claim.
Holiday injury claims – common causes
There is a wide range of holiday and travel accidents that could lead to a personal injury claim, including:
• Aviation accidents
• Road accidents that occur in a foreign country
• Any other accidents you sustained in a foreign country
• Accidents on cruise lines
• Accidents that occur while you’re working abroad
• Accidents on other foreign transport
• Illness caused by a sickness outbreak at a holiday resort
Holiday injury claims – time limits
You need to bear in mind that there is always a strictly enforced time limit when making personal injury claims: therefore you need to make your claim either within three years of the accident itself or within three years of becoming aware of your injury. For instance, if you only found out later that you had broken your arm following a fall abroad, the three years would commence from the date of diagnosis.
Holiday injury claims
Cases involving other countries can sometimes be further complicated, when it comes to identifying the responsible party for your injury. This is why it is so important you seek the advice of a personal injury solicitor as soon as you can so they can get to work on identifying the person or organisation responsible and your claim can be progressed.
If you are successful in your claim then you will be awarded compensation as a result. This compensation will usually be based on any expenses you might have incurred as a result of your injury as well as any loss of earnings you have suffered as a result of the holiday or travel accident.
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