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Holiday Accident Abroad Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

By Cat Soong. Last Updated 21st June 2022. Welcome to our guide to holiday accident claims. We know that any type of injury can be distressing, but emotions can be heightened on holiday. After all, holidays are supposed to be fun, and you have probably spent a decent amount of money on your trip.

When something you have been looking forward to for so long goes wrong, it can be incredibly upsetting. Plus, there’s the trauma of suffering a holiday accident in a place that you are unfamiliar with.

We appreciate just how upsetting and stressful an accident on holiday can be, which is why we are dedicated to securing the compensation you deserve. You can speak to one of our experienced and friendly legal advisors by calling 0800 073 8804. They will happily explain the detailed process and help you every step of the way. You can also contact us through our website or contact us using the chat window now on your screen.

In the meantime, for more information on making holiday accident claims, read on.

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A guide to holiday accident claims for accidents abroad

No matter whether you have broken a bone on holiday abroad or been involved in a motorbike accident abroad, you may have questions about the claim process, how much compensation you can secure, and what to do after the incident. You have come to the right place.

Our team of accident abroad solicitors have extensive years of experience in the industry, and we have secured compensation for many personal injury victims over the years. We work on a No Win No Fee basis, and put our customers at the heart of everything we do.

Irrespective of the type of accident you have been involved in, you can rest assured that we can help you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your holiday accident claims.

Some vital holiday accident statistics

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As we previously mentioned, one of the most common accidents on holiday is road traffic accidents.

As outlined within the “Britons driving into trouble abroad” a press release by GOV.UK, 8 million of us drive when we travel abroad each year. It was also outlined that two-thirds of Brits who drive abroad have encountered problems.

The document acknowledged how nearly a third (31%) have driven on the wrong side of the road, and more than 1 in 10 have gone the wrong way around a roundabout.

If you are involved in a road traffic accident abroad, then you should follow the measure outlined by Citizens Advice, as they suggest that you should:

  • Make notes regarding the incident.
  • Take photographs of the holiday accident, including photos of the number plates.
  • Exchange insurance information.
  • Take the names and the addresses of as many witnesses as possible (including hotel staff)
  • Do not admit liability at any stage during the holiday accident claims process.

If you claim compensation with us, we will ensure that all of those costs you have encountered will be covered in the payout you receive. Personal injury claims include everything from a loss of earnings to any travel costs you have had to fund, and of course, any prescriptions, medication, treatment, and counselling for the emotional trauma.

These are known as special damages. If you have sufficient evidence showing the value of financial losses, it could greatly increase the amount of injured overseas compensation you could receive.

What to do if you are involved in a holiday accident abroad

Injured while on holiday abroad, what to do next? If you have been involved in an accident while on holiday, it is crucial to gather as much evidence as possible. This includes:

  • Gathering any information you can regarding the medical treatment you received at the time of the accident.
  • Making a note of the injuries you have sustained.
  • Keep proof of any expenses you have incurred because of the accident you were involved in.
  • If you have been involved in a car accident, talk to the driver who caused it – get their details and write down their vehicle details. Also, note the company that owns the vehicle.
  • Noting the contact details of any witnesses.
  • Writing down or sketching the scene of your holiday accident, such as the hotel grounds.
  • Taking photographs of what caused your accident as well as your injuries (if visible).

Don’t panic if you are unable to gather all of the above evidence. Do your best, and then get in touch with us, and we will advise you on the next steps. If you have any queries about holiday accident claims, you can contact us for free at a time that works for you using the above details.

If you have an accident while on holiday in the European Union (EU), then any claim you make must be processed where the incident took place. This is a general rule for accident abroad claims. The parameters for making a claim depend on the country that the accident took place in as it would be their legal guidelines that would need to be followed.

If you’re unsure how best to proceed after having an accident in the EU, don’t worry. Get in touch with our team of specialist holiday accident solicitors today and see how we can help you. Our panel of personal injury lawyers have more than 30 years of experience in the claims process. They are equipped with the legal knowledge needed to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.

Packaged holiday accident claims – Can I claim compensation?

Suppose you have been involved in an accident on a package holiday. In that case, it is crucial to determine whether your accident is covered by the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992.

Your excursion, trip, or holiday may fall under these regulations if:

  • It includes a combination of at least two of the following: accommodation, transport, and any other type of tourist service that is not linked to accommodation and transport, for example, an activity or excursion. At least two of those must have been arranged as a package before your holiday began.
  • You paid a single company for it under one invoice.
  • It included overnight accommodation or lasted for more than 24 hours.

So, why does it matter if your holiday accident is covered by the Package Travel, Package Holidays, and Package Tour Regulations 1992? When the regulations are applicable, direct responsibility can be placed on the tour operator for any personal injury sustained or accident you have been involved in so long as it occurred through someone else’s negligence.

This is applicable no matter whether your holiday was outside the UK or within the UK. It also applies to any illness you have suffered while on vacation, for instance, legionnaires disease or food poisoning.

These regulations can be beneficial in terms of an accident abroad jurisdiction. It means you can bring the claim within England and Wales and claim for a compensation fee agreement under UK law.

To learn more about making holiday accident claims, please contact our team for free legal advice. They can give you an estimate for the injured overseas compensation you could receive and even put you through to holiday accident solicitors who could help you.

How to begin your claim for injured overseas compensation

If you want to claim for an accident on holiday, all you need to do is give us a call. We will talk you through the process as authorised and regulated by the holiday accident solicitors we work with. And we will ensure that we have everything required to launch a successful compensation claim.

We provide everyone with a free consultation, whereby you can ask any questions you have. We will ask you questions to understand the accident you were involved in and give you a thorough assessment of your case and your likelihood of securing compensation. Also, we can arrange a local medical for you if this is required.

If we believe your holiday accident claims are strong enough to secure injury compensation, we will assign you to one of our experienced No Win No Fee solicitors. We won’t waste your time if we know that compensation is not a possibility.

I have had a slip, trip or fall abroad can I claim compensation?

If you have been involved in a slip, trip or fall abroad, you may be able to claim compensation, so long as you can prove that you can prove that the injury was caused by third-party negligence.

For any claim to be eligible for a payout, you need to verify that the accident occurred due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, that it happened within the last three years and that you have seen a doctor for your injuries.

However, the blame for a slip, trip, or fall will depend on where you have been injured and how the accident happened. If you fell in a car park due to poor maintenance and potholes, the car park owner would be responsible. Please talk to our specialist solicitors for further information about claiming compensation after a holiday accident.

Who can make accident abroad claims if a family member has been in a fatal accident on holiday?

If someone you love has been involved in an accident on holiday that has been fatal, you will be able to claim on their behalf. You can claim if you are a deceased family member or a dependant of the deceased, such as their child, partner, spouse, or another family member who relied on the deceased for financial assistance.

Fatal accidents on holiday can result in compensation being awarded for the following:

  • Bereavement award.
  • Funeral expenses.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Punitive damages.
  • General damages.
  • Financial losses.

Involved in a road accident abroad while on holiday can I claim compensation?

If you have been involved in a car accident while on holiday and it was not your fault, we can assist with any holiday accident claims. We can also help with a coach or bus accident abroad and any other type of transport incidents.

It is much easier for us to launch road traffic accident claims abroad nowadays, especially if an accident occurred in Europe. The 4th EU Motor Directive 2003 states that all European vehicles need to be listed on a singular database. This means that the car at fault can be found with greater ease if a holiday accident does occur.

This is important because you could, for instance, suffer a traffic accident abroad that could cause you a serious, life-changing injury.

What can be claimed for after an accident while on holiday abroad?

If you have been injured abroad in an accident on holiday, you may be able to claim for several different things, including:

  • General damages – This is the amount of money you will receive to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Care claim – If you need help around the house, the person who cared for you would be able to file a care claim.
  • Loss of earnings – If you have lost out on income due to your inability to work while you have been injured, you will be able to claim for this.
  • Travel expenses – This includes any travel-related expenses that have occurred due to your injury, including any alternative travel arrangements required.
  • Medical bills related to any prescription costs or medical bills you have suffered due to your injuries.

Here is a list of the top holiday destinations

Examples of package holiday companies

  • Thomas Cook
  • First Choice
  • Thomson
  • Virgin Holidays
  • Cosmos
  • On The Beach
  • Lastminute
  • Monarch
  • Travelsupermarket
  • Easyjet
  • Hays Travel
  • Travel Republic

What are the most common holiday accidents?

Let’s consider the possible incidents that may instigate holiday accident claims. So, many different types of accidents can occur when someone is on holiday, including:

  • Sporting injuries abroad, such as those caused while participating in watersports or skiing.
  • Injuries caused by defective or substandard rental cars.
  • Illness caused by poor hygiene at your accommodation.
  • Food poisoning.
  • Swimming pool accidents abroad.
  • Excursion injuries abroad.
  • Injuries sustained while using foreign transport.
  • Misplaced objects or wet floors that have resulted in a slip, trip, or fall.
  • Car Accidents
  • Road Traffic Accidents
  • Traffic accident abroad
  • Motorcycle accident abroad.

If the injury, accident or illness you have sustained does not fall into one of the above categories, don’t worry. The most crucial factor is being able to prove that someone else was to blame for your accident.

If you are unsure whether you’re entitled to compensation, all you need to do is give us a call. We’ll happily explain your chances of claiming compensation, with any further action authorised and regulated by the holiday accident solicitors we work with.

Holiday Accident Compensation Payouts For 2022

If you have been injured in a holiday accident, you might be wondering how much compensation you could receive should you make a successful claim. To help give you an idea of this, we have created a compensation calculator table using the 2022 edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

Injury Type Compensation BracketNotes
Hand Injuries (f)Up to £36,740Severe fractures to fingers.
Chest Injuries (c)£31,310 to £54,830Some continuing disability caused by damage to lungs and chest.
Kidney Injuries (c)£30,770 to £44,880
Loss of only one kidney.
Moderate Knee Injuries (i)£14,840 to £26,190Dislocation or torn cartilage/meniscus injuries.
Other Arm Injuries (d)£6,610 to £19,200Simple fractures of the forearm.
Digestive System Injuries (a) (iii)£6,610 to £12,590
Penetrating stab wounds, and serious seat belt pressure cases.
Moderate Psychiatric Damage (c)£5,860 to £19,070Improvement of symptoms by the time of trial, and a good prognosis.
Mental Anguish£4670Fear of impending death.
Less Severe PTSD (d)£3,950 to £8,180A full recovery within one to two years.
Minor Head Injury (e)£2,210 to £12,770Little if any brain damage and a full recovery.

The JCG is a document often used to help legal professionals calculate how much a claim could be worth, as it provides guideline compensation brackets based on past court case payouts. However, it is important to remember that these guidelines are not guaranteed amounts, so any compensation you might receive following a successful claim for an accident on holiday may differ.

To learn more about accident on holiday claims, or to get a free estimate of what your claim might be worth, contact our advisors today.

No Win No Fee holiday accident claims

One of the main benefits of using our service if you have been injured on holiday abroad is that our personal injury solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This offers you a significant degree of financial protection, as it means you will only need to pay legal fees if your case is successful.

If we cannot secure compensation for you for some reason, you will have nothing to pay. This means you won’t find yourself in a position with a legal bill to fund and no compensation payout.

Another benefit associated with No Win No Fee is the peace of mind that we won’t waste your time claiming with little chance of success. We only take on holiday accident claims, or indeed any claims, that we genuinely believe we can secure compensation for.

Why choose us as your claims service for a holiday accident abroad claim?

If you want to make a compensation claim for an accident that occurred while you were on holiday abroad, whether it was a slip, trip or fall, a boat accident abroad, or anything else, we are the best law firm for you.

We have an abundance of experience in securing compensation for clients that have been injured in an incident that was not their fault. We are experts in accidents abroad international personal injury claims, so you can always count on a first-class service.

We are also proud of our customer-centric approach. We always put our customers at the forefront of everything we do. We recognise that being involved in an accident can be extremely upsetting and distressful.

The last thing we want to do is make you feel even more stressed by piling loads of legal information on top of you or making the claim process long-winded and complicated. That’s why we make an effort to handle all cases as efficiently and quickly as possible, enabling you to focus on your recovery.

Example Compensation Payouts For An Accident Abroad

Each claim may comprise two heads, general and special damages. They each allow you to seek compensation for the different ways your injuries have impacted you. For example:

  • General damages compensate for your pain and suffering caused by the injuries you sustained. This covers physical or psychological harm sustained as a result of negligence. 
  • Special damages seek to compensate for the financial losses incurred as a result of your injuries. This could include medical costs, loss of earnings, future loss of earnings and future loss of pension contributions.

The holiday accident compensation amount you receive will depend on several factors. For instance, the severity of your physical and any psychological injury will influence the amount of compensation you can claim for an accident abroad.

Sustaining an injury in an accident while you are abroad may be quite stressful due to the unfamiliar environment. Additionally, you may be unsure of the claims process and the avenue you need to take to claim. However, you can call us on the number above to discuss the potential of working with our accident abroad solicitors and get more example compensation payouts for an accident abroad.

Alternatively, read more about holiday accident claims for Spain and for packaged holiday claims. 

Call for free advice to see if you can receive injured overseas compensation

Whether you have a broken leg on holiday or have been involved in a jet ski accident abroad, if you have been involved in an accident on holiday abroad, and you are ready to make a claim, get in touch with us today for expert legal advice. We are also happy to answer any queries you may have, and we will do this free of charge. The number you need to get started is 0800 073 8804.

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you secure the maximum payout you deserve for your suffering.

Holiday Accident Claims FAQs

Who should I contact if I have a medical emergency abroad? 

Your first point of contact, if you have travel insurance, should be your insurer. They’ll be able to help you arrange the necessary medical treatment. You can also contact your local British Consul, who’ll be able to help and support you with things like finding a doctor.

Will I have to pay for medical treatment? 

When planning a holiday, often the first thing on our minds is keeping the costs down. This might lead you to wonder if travel insurance is really necessary. But when you look at the cost that being injured in a foreign country can incur, travel insurance can help give you peace of mind for your travels.

For example, suffering from a stroke in south-east Asia with no medical insurance could put you out of pocket by up to £100,000. This includes treatment and getting you back into the UK. And the situation changes again if medical negligence becomes a factor. But this is where a holiday accident solicitor from Legal Expert can help you.

So, what does travel insurance cover?

Travel insurance should cover emergency transport like ambulances, transport back to the UK and the cost, within reason, of a family member or friend to travel out to accompany you home if this is needed. It will also cover treatment and hospital bills, but you should check whether this covers treatment in public or private hospitals.

Sometimes, you might be expected to pay for any minor treatment which you can then claim back on your return home.

Is there a time limit on holiday accident claims?

Yes. You have a maximum period of three years in which you can make a claim for an injury or illness whilst on holiday.

What is the earliest point that I could file a claim?

You could make a claim as soon as you wish after the accident, so long as you have substantial evidence.

Helpful links

NHS Cover your healthcare abroad

This NHS link reveals the steps you need to take to cover your healthcare abroad, with individual country guides as well as information on applying for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Car Accident Claims How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

If you have had a car accident whilst abroad, find out if you can claim compensation. Contact us today.

Flight Delay Compensation Claims How To Claim?

Has your flight been delayed or cancelled? Get the compensation you deserve.

Cruise Ship Accident Claims How To Claim?

A guide to claiming compensation for an accident on a cruise ship.

Skiing Accident Compensation Claims

See this guide on compensation following a skiing accident.

Abdominal Injury Compensation Claims

Find out if you could claim

As well as the personal injury guides above, we also have some other resources you may find helpful:

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