Over 40 million trips abroad will be taken by UK holidaymakers in 2014 – and unfortunately some will end in accident or injury. To get the very most enjoyment out of your holiday – and to minimise your risk of injury – we recommend you pack the following checklist as well as your sun cream.
- Always take out travel insurance and make sure it covers your holiday activities.
- If you are purchasing your holiday from a tour operator, check exactly what is included. You have the right to pursue a claim against your tour operator if you suffer an accident or injury – which is a lot easier than pursuing a claim against a hotel or a local tour operator in a foreign resort.
- Be cautious about booking excursions with local travel agents – they may not be insured if you suffer an accident or injury.
- Be cautious about hiring cars and bikes – they may not be adequately insured under their policy or your own travel policy.
- If inexperienced, do not hire jet skis or go scuba diving or take part in other potentially dangerous water sports unless adequate instruction & supervision is given by qualified staff.
- Take care in swimming pools and on slippery tiled areas.
- If you are involved in an accident, take photographs and video footage of the scene and record the contact details of all witnesses. After you return home it will be very difficult to gather this evidence.
- Report any accidents to your tour operator and get a copy of the incident report form.
- In serious cases involve the local British Consulate.
- Keep evidence of all your financial losses.
Above all, enjoy yourself, be safe and have fun. But remember, if you wouldn’t take the risk at home then don’t take the risk on holiday.
Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd is a one of the UK’s leading personal injury law firms. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an accident or injury abroad contact our holiday accident team for specialist legal help and advice or visit our dedicated website www.claimsonholiday.co.uk