How much compensation can I claim for injury in the Canary Islands?
The Canary Islands are a group of Islands that belong to Spain but are close to the North West coast of Africa. The islands that make up the Canary Islands are Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. They enjoy a warm climate all year round and are known for their beautiful beaches and unique landscapes. 12 million British holidaymakers visit Spain each year and most visits are safe and trouble-free. The Canary Islands, in particular, are popular with holidaymakers looking for beach holidays and to take part in outdoor activities like sailing and watersports. In 2017 a total of 14.2 million international tourists visited the Canary Islands. In 2016, 2.2 million British holidaymakers visited the Canary Island of Tenerife, which was a record number and a 16.1% increase on last year. One reason why it increased in popularity is that British holidaymakers perceived Tenerife and the other Canary Islands as safer than popular tourist destinations like Egypt and Spain, which have suffered from terrorist attacks.
If you have travelled to the Canary Islands and experienced an accident there that wasn’t your fault, which resulted in you becoming injured or ill, you could make a holiday accident claim for compensation. We are Legal Expert, a well respected personal injury solicitor’s firm, which helps people who have been injured on a holiday like you make Canary Islands holiday compensation claims. Many of the compensation claim settlements that we win for our clients are worth tens of thousands of pounds or more depending on the nature of your injuries. We can provide you with the best holiday claims solicitor based in Britain to fight your Canary Islands accident and illness claim, including no win no fee solicitors. Legal Expert offers a free legal consultation and advice on travel claims in Spain and the Canary Islands to potential compensation claimants. Call us today to receive your free consultation and if we think you have a legitimate claim, we will let you know how much money your claim could be worth, and provide you with the right holiday accident solicitor who will proceed with your claim right away.
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- A Guide to Canary Islands Accident Claims
- What To Do If You Have An Accident Or Injury In The Canary Islands
- Emergency contacts in the Canary Islands after an accident
- Medical treatment after an accident
- Compensation claim time limits in the Canary Islands
- Package holiday injury claims in the Canary Islands
- Canary Islands injury claims we can help with
- Canary Islands hotel accident and illness claims
- Restaurant illness, accident or food poisoning claims
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Sports activity claims
- Car or Road traffic accidents in the Canary Islands
- Do I need to use a Spanish lawyer for my claim?
- No win no fee travel claims
- Start your claim
- Useful links
The Canary Islands are one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Spain is a relatively safe country to visit and most holidaymakers have a trouble-free time there. However, there are safety risks to visiting Spain including the Canary Islands, which include road traffic accidents, injuries from falling off balconies, and injuries sustained during outdoor activities and adventure sports. There are also common holiday-related accidents and injuries such as slips, trips and falls from slipping on a wet poolside, accidents at the beach and food poisoning. If you have been injured or made ill in the Canary Islands, in an accident that wasn’t your fault you are entitled to make a Canary Islands holiday compensation claims, using a solicitor based in Britain, Why should you make a holiday accident claim? Firstly, your claim could be worth tens of thousands of pounds, or even higher. As well as claiming compensation for your injuries, you can also claim for expenses you incurred as associated with your injuries such as medical care, travel expenses or loss of income if your injuries meant you were unable to return to work after your holiday ended. You can also make a ruined holiday compensation complaint and claim compensation for loss of enjoyment. Afterall, we go on holiday to enjoy ourselves, not to have to have to recover from painful or unpleasant injuries. So if another party was responsible for your accident in the Canary Islands, make sure you hold them accountable by making a Canary Islands holiday compensation claim.
In this guide we will cover what you should do if you an accident in the Canary Islands causes you to become injured or ill, how to seek medical treatment in the Canary Islands, review details of common accidents in the Canary Islands and advise you on how to make a Canary Islands accident claim using a solicitor based in Britain. We will also give you useful contact details for British Embassies and Consulates in Spain, which could be helpful to you.
You are entitled to claim holiday accident compensation in the Canary Islands if you experience an accident that was not your fault that results in becoming injured or ill. In this guide to Canary Islands holiday accident claims, we will now advise you on what steps you should take if you become a victim of such an accident. Please note that if you become seriously injured on holiday in the Canary Islands or elsewhere, seeking the appropriate medical care should be your first priority. Medical treatment may need to be sought in situations which would not be defined as serious as well. If you are charged for the medical treatment you receive, you should keep the receipts as you will be able to reclaim the cost if your claim is successful.
What Should You Do If You Have An Accident Or Injury In The Canary Islands
If you experience an accident in the Canary Islands which makes you ill or injured you, is to report the accident to your tour operator. If your accident occurs in a public place like a shopping centre, a shop or a restaurant it’s important that you report it to the management and ensure that they record it in their log book. If you are attacked, or your accident involves illegal activity, then you must also report it to the Police.
It is important that you take time to gather evidence at the scene of the accident. Ideally, this would happen immediately, but it’s alright for you or a friend to return to the scene of the accident afterward if you were unable to do it at the time. The evidence you gather could help you in your case at a later date. Ways you gather evidence include:
1). Taking photographs of the scene of the accidents. Be sure to photograph any visible hazards that caused the accident.
2). Exchange contact details with witnesses to the accident. These people may be required to give evidence during the case.
3). The same applied to road traffic accidents. If you are involved in a road traffic accident in the Canary Islands, exchange contact details with the other driver and take down their vehicle registration number. If the vehicle does not belong the to the other driver, be sure to take down the contact details of the vehicle’s owner.
You should also contact your travel insurance provider who will work with you if there are any claims to make.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation in the Canary Islands and need an ambulance, the police or the fire department you can dial 112 to reach the emergency services. If you find yourself in a non-emergency situation where you still need medical advice you can call 012 for general information.
If you are a British national who requires urgent diplomatic help you can contact the British Consulate in Gran Canaria on +34 928 26 25 08. If you are in Britain and concerned about a British National who is in the Canary Islands, You can contact the British Consulate in Gran Canaria on 020 7008 1500. Legal Expert will also provide further contact details of British Embassies and Consulates in Spain, at the end of this guide.
You can access public and private doctor’s surgeries, hospitals and other medical care on each of the islands. While Great Britain remains in the European Union, you can use a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Spain and any other European Economic Area (EEA) country to get free or reduced cost healthcare whilst staying there. You can apply for your EHIC online today. Please be aware that having an EHIC does not count as an alternative for having comprehensive travel insurance, so please make sure you insure your holiday to the Canary Islands before you travel.
One important word of advice on travel claims in Spain and Canary Islands is that if you wish to make a Canary Islands holiday compensation claim you will have to abide by a three-year time limit. This means that if you were on a package holiday or a privately booked holiday to the Canary Islands, you will be able to begin your claim within three years of being involved in the accident or realising that the accident had harmed you. If your accident that caused you to become ill, or injured occurred on a flight to Gran Canaria, or your returning flight then you will have 2 years to begin making your Canary Islands accident claim.
|Circumstances of injury or illness||Time Limit for Claim|
|Claims for injury or illness on a flight to or from the Canary Islands, as well as for accident/ injury happening in a hotel, whilst on an activity or excursion or for a UK based package holiday operator||3 years|
|Illness or accident leading to injury which happened on an independently booked holiday.||1 year - this time limit may be longer/ vary.|
|Illness or injury which happened on a flight from an international airport.||2 years|
Do you need to make a Canary Islands accident claim, or a Canary Islands illness claim, for an accident that you experienced when you were taking a package holiday there? Luckily your holiday accident claim in the Canary Islands could be protected by the Package Travel, Package Holiday, and Package Tour Regulations 1992. These regulations state that you can claim compensation if you experienced an accident on a package holiday that wasn’t your fault, which injured you or made you ill. If your accident occurred within the last three years you have the right to claim compensation.
Tui, easyJet, Thomas Cook and Jet2Holidays are all tour providers that sell package holidays to the Canary Islands including Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, Fuerteventura, El Hierro and La Gomera.
At Legal Expert, we have a good track record of winning cases for all sorts of Canary Islands holiday compensation claims. These include: Canary Islands illness and food poisoning claims, travel illness claims, slips, trips and falls on holiday claims and all sorts of ruined holiday compensation complaints. Whatever sort of accident in the Canary Islands, or illness you have experienced, Legal Expert can help you claim the compensation you are entitled to. We offer free holiday claims advice to potential compensation Claimants, so call us today for your free consultation and if you have a valid claim, we will proceed with your holiday accident claim right away.
Below is a list of the types of holiday accident claims which we could help claimants with
- Airplane injury and sickness claims
- Bad hotel hygiene leading to sickness
- Slips, trips, and falls from a balcony
- Sickness, accident, and injury on Boats & cruises
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Collapsing furniture leading to injury
- Injuries and accidents on planned excursions
- Injuries caused by faulty fittings
- Accident or injury caused by a fault in your rental car
- Incidences of food poisoning
- Transport in a foreign country
- Compensation claims against your hotel
- Legionnaires disease / Norovirus
- Skiing accidents and injuries
- Swimming pool Accident
Below are some examples of the types of Canary Islands illness and accident claims that Legal Expert can help you claim compensation for.
Although most Canary Island hotels are managed to a high standard, accidents can happen if establishments ignore recommended health and safety regulations or behave negligently. Common hazards in hotels can include stairs in a poor state of upkeep which can result in falls, poor management of gym equipment in the exercise area, and poor sanitation in the kitchen areas, which can result in guests being infected with food poisoning.
Legal Expert can help you make a travel illness claim for compensation if you have been affected by food poisoning of any sort. In some parts of the Canary Islands, the water is not drinkable and can give you E-coli poisoning. If you have been given tap water or ice cubes to drink, that are not safe to drink by a hotel or restaurant that subsequently made you ill you could be entitled to compensation. Hotels and restaurants can also infect customers with food poisoning related illnesses if they don’t practice proper hygiene procedures in the kitchen. Swimming in pool water that has not been chlorinated can also infect customers with food poisoning type symptoms. If a hotel or restaurant has acted negligently and given you a food poisoning type illness through any sort of malpractice you could be entitled to make a Canary Islands illness and food poisoning claim. Contact Legal Expert to speak to a friendly advisor about your experience and we will let you know how much your travel illness claim could be worth.
If you were injured on holiday in the Canary Islands, due to a fall that was caused by the negligence of another party, you could be entitled to make slips, trips and falls on holiday claim for compensation. Your claim could be worth tens of thousands of pounds, so call Legal Expert today to seek advice on travel claims in Spain and Canary Islands, and we will let you know how much your claim could be worth. What causes slip, trip, and fall accidents on holiday? The main causes can include wet surfaces. Many hotels have high-end flooring like marble or granite, which are especially slippery than wet, which can cause slip, trip, and fall accidents. Other hazards that lead to slips, trips and falls on holiday claims for compensation can include poorly maintained staircases, obstructions on flooring (such as a loose nail sticking out) or faulty furniture giving way.
The Canary Islands are known for their beautiful beaches. Lanzarote especially is known for its sailing, diving, and other watersports. Some of the islands have rocky hill regions, where hiking and walking tours are popular. All of these sporting activities carry inherent risks, which mean that instructors have to be properly qualified, insured and follow correct health and safety procedures. Failure to adhere to correct standards can result in participants becoming injured. If you have been injured during a sporting activity in the Canary Islands, which was caused by negligence on the part of the activity provider or the instructor, you could make a holiday injury compensation claim. Call Legal Expert today for free today.
According to the British Government, Spain as a whole has a 30% higher rate of road traffic accidents than Britain. Many of these accidents occur on the country’s motorways. British holidaymakers, who are not used to driving on the right are particularly vulnerable to road traffic accidents. If you are involved in a road traffic accident in the Canary Islands do not sign any documentation until you have involved a personal injury solicitor, who will handle your claim for you. All road traffic accidents must be reported to the police and exchange contact details with the other driver at the scene of the accident.
Many people making a Canary Islands holiday compensation claim think they have to use a Spanish lawyer to claim compensation in Spain. If you are a British resident, we can find a solicitor in Britain to handle your holiday injury compensation claim. This means you won’t have to worry about distance, or the language gap getting in the way. We work with holiday accident claims solicitors specialise in Spain and the canary Islands in particular, who are familiar with the local laws. Trust Legal Expert to provide you with the right solicitor to make your compensation claim. Call us today for free advice on travel claims in Spain and the Canary Islands and to start your claim.
If you have had an accident in the Canary Islands that wasn’t your fault, which caused you to become ill or injured, you can claim compensation for your injuries. Legal Expert works with top solicitors who offer a no win no fee travel claims service, for holiday accident claims in the Canary Islands. What is a no win no fee travel claim? It means that you will only have to pay your solicitor’s fee if you win your compensation claim. If you have just dealt with the expense and stress of a ruined holiday and medical bills, a no win no fee service may be the less stressful and more affordable option for you. To enquire about hiring a no win no fee solicitor to make your holiday accident claim, call Legal Expert today for your free telephone consultation.
Popular Resorts In The Canary Islands
Guia de Isora
Playa de Santiago
Valle Gran Rey
Hotel Ida Ines
Parador Hotel El Hierro
If you wish to make a Canary Islands holiday compensation claim, trust Legal Expert to provide you with the right solicitor to handle your claim. If you have a ruined holiday compensation complaint, call Legal Expert today for your free holiday claims advice consultation. Call us today on 0800 073 8804 to see how much you could claim. If we think you have a valid claim, we’ll proceed with your case right away.
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British Consulates in the Canary Islands
British Consulate – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Calle Luis Morote 6-3º
35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Tel: +34 928 26 25 08
British Consulate – Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Plaza Weyler, 8, 1º
38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tel: +34 928 26 25 08