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Limassol Holiday Accident Claims – How To Claim Compensation For A Personal Injury In Limassol Cyprus?

Holiday accident claims in Limassol

Holiday accident claims in Limassol

Since the mid 1970’s, following a military invasion, Cyprus has been divided into, effectively 2 countries, one led by Turkish Cypriots and the other run by Greek Cypriots and it is this half of the country where you’ll find Limassol, the 2nd largest city in Cyprus and an up and coming tourist destination for many British tourists.

While Limassol is a safe destination to travel to, accidents do happen and if they are because somebody else was negligent then you can claim for compensation when you return to the UK. If you’ve been involved in an accident in Limassol and you’re ready to begin a no win no fee claim, then please call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today.

If you’d like to know more first then carry on reading this guide which will cover the types of accidents that can occur, what you should do if you’re injured and how to make a claim with Legal Expert upon your return to the UK

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A Guide To Holiday Accident Claims In Limassol

Holiday accident claims in Limassol can be needed for various reasons but to be a valid claim we need to prove that the accident that caused your injuries was down to somebody else’s carelessness, negligence or mistake. This guide will cover how you can gather evidence following an accident to support your claim and what else you can do to make winning your compensation case easier.

The types of accidents that can occur in Limassol include: Food poisoning; Hotel accidents and illnesses; Road traffic accidents; Slips, trips and falls and Sporting activity claims. This list is not exhaustive so if your accident isn’t included in the guide then don’t worry as we can still help you if the accident was caused by somebody else.

This guide will help you with important contact information, help you to understand the strict time limits on making a claim and give you an understanding of the types of injuries caused by different holiday accidents.

Action To Take After An Accident In Limassol

If you are involved in an accident while on holiday, then the first thing you should do is to check that everybody involved is safe and get treatment (which we’ll cover in a later section). Once everybody has received any necessary treatment then there are a number of steps you can take to make holiday accident claims in Limassol much easier when you return to the UK which include:

  • Ask any witnesses for their contact details as Legal Expert will use these details to substantiate your claim. If possible, it is worth them writing down what they saw as soon as possible while it is still fresh in their minds.
  • Try to photograph the scene of the accident (or film it on your mobile phone). The more detail that the pictures you take show the better. Try to include what you believe was the cause of the accident i.e. if you fell down the stairs in a building and you believe the handrail or bannister was defective then try to photograph any damage.
  • Make a note of the building name, shop, hotel, restaurant or street where your accident happened as it’s very easy, when you’ve returned from your holiday to forget the location that the accident happened exactly.
  • If you’re in a public place like shopping centre or restaurant then ask a member of staff to log your accident (they should have some form of accident reporting process). If possible, ask for a copy of the log or at the very least make a note of the member of staff’s name.
  • If you’re on a package holiday, then you should make your travel rep aware of the accident (there is another section with more information regarding package holidays).

In general, once everybody has received treatment, any evidence you can secure will make obtaining compensation for an accident abroad much easier. Another tip would be to keep any receipts for expenses such as travel or replacement property because of damage caused by the accident to use as part of your personal injury claim

Essential Emergency Phone Numbers In Limassol

If you need to contact the emergency services while in Limassol, then you can call the numbers below:

  • 199: Ambulance Service
  • 199 or 112: Fire Brigade and Police Service

If you are involved in a very serious accident, have been attacked or there has been a fatality in your accident then the British Embassy can be contacted on +357 22 861100

(their website is here)

Visitor Information – Medical Care In Limassol

As part of Europe, Cyprus is covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which means if you need treatment while on holiday in Limassol then you’ll either get free or discounted healthcare which cannot wait until you return to the UK. To apply for an EHIC card you can visit this NHS website.

The main hospital in Limassol is:

Limassol General Hospital
Nikaias,
Polemedia Kato
Limasol,
Cyprus
3304
Tel: +357 25 801 100

If you have travel insurance, then there are private hospital facilities in Limassol, so it is worth contacting your insurance provider if you need to attend hospital as you may be entitled to use the less busy private options. Remember to have your documents with you for hospital staff to view.

How Long Do You Have To Make A Holiday Accident Claim In Limassol

There are a number of different types of personal injury claims that you may want to make, depending on the type of accident you were involved with. The table below shows how long you have to make each type of claim:

Personal Injury ClaimTime Limit
An injury sustained on a privately booked holiday3 years (may vary)
A claim against a UK-based package holiday provider3 years
Road traffic accidents (non-package holiday claims)2 to 3 years (may vary)

All time limits may vary please call to find out more.

It is important to stress that claims must be made within these timescales otherwise they will be rejected (except in extreme circumstances) but the best advice would be to begin your claim with Legal Expert as soon as you return to the UK and while it is still fresh in your memory.

Limassol Package Holiday Compensation Claims

Package holidays, since 1992, come with extra protection for British tourists (The regulations can be viewed here). A package holiday is defined as one where you buy more than one part of your holiday from the same provider i.e. flights and hotel or flights and excursions. There are some household names in the package holiday market and we can help with personal injury claims for holiday accidents booked through any of them (or smaller operators as well). Our guide to package holiday claims has a comprehensive list of operators but some common package holiday companies to Limassol are:

  • TUI
  • Jet2Holidays
  • Thomas Cook
  • First Choice
  • Skytours
  • Airtours

In the event of an accident, illness or emergency you should let your package holiday rep know via their emergency contact number so that it is logged and they can sometimes provide advice on local medical clinics for getting treatment.

Example Of Claims We Can Help People To Make

There are a number of common types of accident claims for holidaymakers in Limassol which we’ll cover in more detail now. The most common accidents people make holiday accident claims for include: Food poisoning; slips, trips and falls; hotel accidents and illnesses; road traffic accidents and; sporting activity injuries.

As a personal injury lawyers with years of experience in these types of claims we have the knowledge and ability to make claims for any of the following types of injuries.

Limassol Hotel Holiday Accident Claims

Whether you’re staying at the finest hotel in Limassol or the cheapest in town every hotel has a duty of care to its guests to ensure their stay is safe and free from illness and injury. If you have been injured while staying in a hotel and the accident was due to a fault or mistake, then you could claim compensation. The types of claims people lodge include:

  • Gym accidents and injuries can occur when equipment is faulty or has not been maintained properly. If you’re injured on faulty gym equipment, then try to photograph the defect as evidence that it was the cause of your injury and furthermore report the accident to gym or hotel staff.
  • Food poisoning is covered in more detail in its own section but if you’ve been diagnosed as suffering food poisoning by a doctor, following eating in a hotel restaurant, then the hotel could be liable to pay you compensation for your illness, travel costs and other damages depending on the severity.
  • Slips, trips and falls in hotels do happen for silly reasons such as not paying attention to where we’re going but if you slip and hurt yourself in a hotel because of a mistake by the hotel then report the incident to staff, try to photograph the cause of your accident, gather witness statements and ensure you get treatment for your injuries. We’ll cover slips, trips and falls fully in a later section of this guide.

There are many other examples of accidents in Limassol hotels not listed here but in effect you should always try to gather evidence of the cause of the injury and Legal Expert will consider all personal injuries sustained in hotels for our no win no fee compensation claim service.

Food Poisoning In Limassol And Cyprus

Food poisoning can lead to an upset stomach that is resolved within a day or two or, in extreme circumstances, can lead to life threatening conditions all of which could’ve been avoided if food was served correctly.

Hotels, restaurants, café’s, bars and fast food outlets all have to abide by strict hygiene standards when selling food. They need to ensure food is stored, prepared, cooked and reheated properly and in a hygienic kitchen to ensure customers safety. If any of these things are not done properly then the customer can contract salmonella, Escherichia, norovirus or E.coli amongst other things.

Symptoms of food poisoning (which you should get verified by a doctor ASAP) include:

  • High temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain and cramps
  • Weakness or a lack of energy

If, after visiting a doctor, you are diagnosed with food poisoning then you could claim against the business owner for compensation. It would be worth photographing the environment if it is obviously dirty and ask others who ate there for their contact details if they also became ill from eating at the same time as you.

Food poisoning claims in Limassol can cause illnesses which prevent you from flying back to the UK on time and sometimes cause you to have to delay your return to work following your holiday. In these cases, the costs of travel and loss of earnings could be claimed back from the business owner’s insurance.

Slip Or Fall Injuries On A Holiday In Limassol

If you fall over because you were messing around or not paying attention, then you wouldn’t be able to make a claim for compensation but if you believe that somebody else was to blame for your injuries then it would be possible. Common reasons for slips, trips or falls that were somebody else’s fault include:

  • Wet or slippery floors where no warning signs were used.
  • Uneven, broken or damaged flooring, carpet or road (including broken kerbs).
  • Poorly lit areas which prevented you from seeing an obstacle.
  • Shops or other public places where items are littered around the floor which should be clear to walk across

In each of these instances you could claim for compensation because the owner of the building should have taken steps to prevent your accident. You should prepare to contact Legal Expert when you return to the UK by photographing the cause of your accident, logging it with staff and gathering any witness statements.

A slip can seem like a silly little accident but the damaged caused by falling awkwardly or onto a hard service can lead to life-changing injuries that some never fully recover from. The types of injuries sustained can include:

  • Broken bones in legs and arms: A simple fracture can be repaired fully in a matter of weeks but more complex breaks like the elbow, collarbone or knee can require many surgeries, including pinning, which may mean never fully returning to its original condition.
  • Head injuries: Any damage to the head should be assessed by a doctor immediately as it’s not always obvious, from looking, what damage has been done.
  • Spinal injuries: Any back injury can be serious but the higher up the spine, in general, the worse the effect is going to be.
  • Soft tissue damage: This is one of the injuries that may not present itself immediately following the accident which is why you should report the accident to staff

Some of the injuries are painful for a long time and so, if the accident is due to negligence, then you would be well within your rights to seek compensation for the pain, suffering and damages you’ve been through.

Restaurant, Pub, And Club Accidents In Limassol

As well as food poisoning, which we’ve already covered, there are a number of other ways that you could get injured in a restaurant, pub or club:

  • Slips and falls: As above, if the club or pub has caused your fall in any way then you could claim compensation.
  • Assault: It is unfortunate that some people, when intoxicated, become violent and cause injuries to others. If you were an innocent bystander and were injured by another guest’s violence, then you could claim against the pub or club owner as they should ensure the safety of all guests.
  • Car park accidents: When you’re on the premises of a pub, club or restaurant and you become injured then you could claim for damages and this extends to car parks or other annexes of the main building as the owner should ensure the whole property is safe for customers.

Water Sport And Sporting Activity Claims

When holidaying in such a lovely resort as Limassol some people decide to go on excursions which are described as once in a lifetime activities. Most people have no problems, but accidents can occur.

Any provider of sporting activities should ensure the safety of their customers by risk assessing the activity, providing full training on how to complete the activity, providing full and adequate safety equipment and supervising the activity from start to finish.

If you were injured in a sporting activity and any of the above weren’t adhered to then it could be worth making a claim against the operator. Try to photograph anything you believe was to blame and ask other participants for their contact details as they could provide witness statements.

Claim For A Road Traffic Accident Or Car Crash In Limassol

If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident, whether it be a car crash in Limassol or a motorcycle accident in Limassol then there are a number of things you should do to help with your claim:

  • Ensure everyone who is injured gets the required treatment (call the emergency services if needed).
  • Report the accident to the police if there is a serious injury or suggestion a crime has taken place (including dangerous driving or drink driving).
  • Obtain the other driver’s contact details, insurance details and licence plate number.
  • Ask any witnesses for their contact details as we can contact them for witness statements later on.
  • Photograph the scene of the accident. Take as many photos as you can with as much detail as possible including the number plate of the other vehicle.
  • If your car, or any witnesses cars, has a dashcam fitted then try to get a copy of the footage as this can clarify the cause of an accident very easily.

There is a scheme in Europe, similar to the Motor Insurers Bureau in the UK, that can help even if the driver isn’t identified or doesn’t have insurance which means, even if either of these cases is true, you could still get the compensation you are entitled to.

In all cases, whether you were a pedestrian, driver or passenger you should try to obtain as much evidence as possible.

Can I Use A Lawyer In The UK?

There is a common misconception that if you want to apply for accident abroad compensation then you have to use a solicitor based in the same country as the accident occurred in. This is not true, and you are free to use any solicitor, based anywhere you choose, to file a personal injury claim. There is no legal requirement to use a Cyprus based solicitor and we think that makes things easier for our clients.

When you use Legal Expert, who are a UK based personal injury solicitor, you get to speak with us at convenient times (you don’t have to worry about the time difference), there is no language barrier and we understand all of the intricate legal complexities of claiming for compensation in another country so you don’t have to.

No Win No Fee Holiday Accident Claims In Limassol

We often hear clients who are put off from making a claim because of the cost of legal fees. Some solicitors do charge their clients by the hour, even if they don’t win the client any compensation which we don’t think is fair and is why we work on a no win, no fee basis.

Any clients that we take on don’t have to pay anything up front or any hourly rate and only pay us an agreed percentage of any compensation if we are successful. If we don’t win your case, then you don’t pay us a penny which we believe is the fairest way to operate and makes using Legal Expert completely risk free.

Popular Hotels In Limassol

Here are some of the most popular hotels in Limassol:

  • Four Seasons
  • Amathus Beach Hotel
  • St Raphael Resort
  • The Library Hotel
  • Alasia Hotel
  • Kapetanios Odyssia
  • The Grand Resort
  • Londa Beach Hotel
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Curium Palace Hotel

Popular Activities In Limassol

  • Old Kakopetria
  • Sayious Adventure Park
  • Crest Dive Centre
  • Limassol Surf House
  • Crest Fishing
  • Limassol Walking Tour

Contact Our Team

Hopefully, now that you’ve read through this guide on holiday accident claims in Limassol, you’re ready to ask Legal Expert to begin a personal injury claim following your accident. If so then there are a number of ways you can get in touch with us:

If you have any further questions regarding your holiday injuries then please contact one of the team who will be more than happy to answer any queries.

Helpful links

British Embassy High Commission Nicosia
Alexander Pallis Street
PO Box 21978
Nicosia
1587
Cyprus
Tel: +357 22 861100
Web: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-high-commission-nicosia

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm

NHS guide to healthcare in Cyprus

www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/countryguide/Pages/healthcareinCyprus.aspx

Government guide to travelling in Cyprus

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cyprus

Edited by Melissa.

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