Whether you travel for business or pleasure, accidents can happen. It is an unfortunate fact that whilst many holiday makers, and workers, enjoy problem-free trips away, individuals are still injured every year. Regardless of whether you were travelling for business or pleasure an injury abroad can become a very daunting experience. We are here to help.
Tour operators have a duty, under the Package Travel Regulations, to ensure that you, the holiday maker, are not exposed to an unnecessary risk of injury whilst staying in a foreign country. The transport operator is duty bound to ensure that the safety of their customers is not unduly compromised.
Likewise, those working abroad can bring a claim against an employer provided you were employed by a company based in the United Kingdom (at the time of your accident) or your employer has a registered office or place of business within the UK.
This claim will be dealt with is the same way as an accident at work. If you work, or have worked for a foreign employer, you should seek specialist legal advice to see what options are available to you.
EPIL can help you make a compensation claim for an accident abroad. Our team have X years of experience claiming compensation following illness or accidents abroad in a wide range of circumstances, including:
It is worth noting that the above list is not exhaustive and there are a whole host of other accidents and illnesses and various circumstances that can be applicable.
If you’ve suffered from one of the situations that we’ve mentioned above, there is a chance you may have contracted one of the following:
Large groups of hotel guests often get ill at the same time because they’ve all eaten from the same buffet, particularly on All Inclusive holidays.
If you were injured in an accident or became ill whilst you were on a package holiday, it is important to determine whether you are covered by the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992.
Your holiday could be covered under these regulations if it includes a combination of at least two of the following examples:
It is important to know whether your accident is covered by the Package Travel, Package Holidays, and Package Tour Regulations 1992 as this can help you with your claim.
When these regulations apply then responsibility can be placed directly on the tour operator for any personal injury or accident that you or your family have been involved in as long as it occurred through someone else’s negligence.
These regulations apply no matter whether your holiday was within or outside the UK. They cover you if you suffer any illness whilst on vacation which includes:
These regulations allow claims to be brought under English Law in circumstances where our Courts accept jurisdiction for the action.
If a loved one has been involved in a fatal accident whilst abroad on holiday, you will be able to claim on their behalf. This is provided you are a family member of the deceased or you are classed as a dependent, this being their child, partner, spouse, or any other family member that relied on the deceased financially.
Fatal holiday accident claims can include compensation for the following:
If you have fallen ill or injured whilst on a cruise you should be covered by the Athens Convention . For all “ship-related” cases, however, you must be able to prove that your illness or injury was caused by the cruise line operator.
At Essex Personal Injury Lawyers our highly trained staff are equipped to recover compensation following an accident abroad or assist with holiday illness claims. We are able to get the best out of a bad situation which is often made more difficult when the claim is being pursued overseas. If you believe that you or a family member have grounds for a claim, contact us today.
Most personal injury overseas claims we handle are made in England and Wales. It can sometimes be the case that jurisdiction for such matters are rejected by the UK Courts or it could simply be more beneficial to make your claim abroad. We can advise you on this in a free initial consultation about making a claim.
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