Hotel Accident Claims In France – How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Personal Injury?
On this page, you will find a guide to the process of making hotel accident claims in France. It contains all of the information you need, to be able to understand why you may have a valid reason to make a claim, and how your solicitor will process one for you.
France is a very popular holiday destination for UK holidaymakers, especially for short breaks. Paris is the most popular city break destination for UK residents of all. For most people, a trip to France is enjoyable, and they return home to the UK safely. For some, the situation is rather more stressful, as they have been injured in a hotel accident in France. If you have been the victim of such an accident, Legal Expert can help you. Call us on 0800 073 8804, and one of our team will explain how.
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- A guide to French hotel accident and injury claims
- Under what circumstances can you claim compensation from a hotel in France?
- Who is eligible to make a hotel accident claim?
- Balcony accidents and falls in France
- Hotel slips, trips, and falls on holiday in France
- Sickness caused by lack of hygiene or food poisoning at a hotel in France
- Theft or damages to your personal property
- Claims for an assault in a hotel in France
- Bed bugs and insect infestations
- Lift and escalator accident and injuries
- Swimming pool and spa accidents
- Burn injuries
- Injuries caused by broken or damaged furniture
- What should I do after an injury or illness at a hotel in France
- What types of compensation can you claim for after being hurt in a hotel
- France hotel accident compensation claims calculator
- No win no fee French hotel accident and injury claims
- What Legal Expert can do to help you
- Talk to us today
- Helpful links
A Guide To French Hotel Accident And Injury Claims
In this hotel accident claims guide, we will cover the process of making a claim for illness or injury in France, that was the fault of the hotel you were a resident at. This guide begins by giving some general information, such as what makes it viable for you to make a claim for an injury in France, and who would be eligible to make a claim. This is followed by a number of sections that cover the most typical kinds of accidents that result in a hotel accident claim. Finally, the last several sections of this guide cover information on how to start making a claim, how much you might receive in compensation, and the types of damages you could be awarded. The guide ends with an introduction to the Legal Expert national claims service, which could be the best option for you to make a successful claim for an accident in a hotel in France.
Under What Circumstances Can You Claim Compensation From A Hotel In France?
In order to successfully make accident in a hotel claims, and receive a hotel injury settlement, the hotel in question needs to be liable for the accident that caused your injuries. Every hotel has a duty of care towards their residents. In most cases, this duty is reinforced by legal obligations. Government legislation that every hotelier must comply with at all times. Failure to do so, resulting in an injury to a resident, will see the hotel being liable, and a route to making a compensation claim will exist.
Who Is Eligible To Make A Hotel Accident Claim?
Looking at the graph above, we can see that historical and projected effect of tourism on the GDP of France is trending upwards. This means that more tourists than ever are visiting the country. When one of these tourists is injured in a hotel in France, and the hotel was the cause of the accident, then the injured party will be eligible to claim compensation.
There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. If you are unclear whether you are eligible to claim compensation for injuries sustained in a hotel accident in France, call Legal Expert so we can advise you. You can use the number at the end of this page.
Balcony Accidents And Falls In France
Balcony accidents have begun to become more common in recent years. So much so, that the UK Government issued a travel warning in early 2018, warning people of the dangers that a hotel balcony can present.
There have been relatively few reported balcony accidents in France, compared to other countries, such as Spain for example. And in most cases, the accidents are the result of misadventure on the part of the victim. However, some 15% of balcony accidents are caused by either a faulty balcony, or a faulty safety rail.
Hotel Slips, Trips, And Falls On Holiday In France
Slips, trips and falls are the most common of all hotel accidents, that UK holidaymakers make a personal injury claim France for. These accidents can happen at any place, and at any time. Most slips, trips or falls result in fairly trivial injuries. However, they can be particularly dangerous for the elderly, or those with a medical condition causing brittle bones. These accidents are caused by hazards such as:
- Wet or dirty floors
- Broken paving
- Damaged floor coverings
Sickness Caused By Lack Of Hygiene Or Food Poisoning At A Hotel In France
It isn’t only physical injuries caused by accidents at a French hotel that we can help people make a claim for. We can also assist people who have come down with a case of food poisoning due to eating bad food in the hotel restaurant. Food can go bad very quickly, and factors such as the following can cause very bad food poisoning:
- Undercooked food
- Food that has been reheated
- Food that has been left for too long on a buffet table
- Food that has been prepared in an unhygienic hotel kitchen
- Food that has been stored at the wrong temperature
Theft Or Damages To Your Personal Property
Every hotel requires that a person staying with them agrees to a waiver at the time of payment. This waiver generally includes a clause that indemnifies the hotel from being pursued for damages in the case of stolen or damaged property. However, in most cases, this waiver is quite literally not worth the paper it is written on. It is nothing more than an attempt to fool the hotel guest into thinking they have no valid claim. In reality, you can and should claim for damaged or stolen property while staying in a hotel in France. Legal Expert can help you with this. Call us on the number down at the bottom of this page, and explain your situation, we will let you know if we can help you.
Claims For An Assault In A Hotel In France
If you are the victim of an assault at a hotel in France, then you should have a valid reason to make a compensation claim for your injuries. This will hold true whether you are assaulted by a member of staff, another resident, or a member of the public.
However, you will need to make sure that the crime has been reported to the police, and that you have received professional medical treatment at a hospital or clinic. If no crime has been reported, you will not be able to prove that it took place. Visiting the hospital leaves an official record of your injuries, which is also beneficial to your claim. Give Legal Expert a call on the number at the end of this guide to learn how we can help you further.
Bed Bugs And Insect Infestations
Just because you are staying in a package holiday hotel, does not mean that you have to put up with substandard accommodation. Insect infestations such as bed bugs may be the source of numerous budget holiday jokes, but the truth is, for some people, they can ruin a perfectly good holiday. Even if you are not afraid bugs, they can also present a health hazard. Mosquitos, for example, carry many serious diseases, even beg bugs do to a lesser extent.
You have a legal right to claim compensation if an infestation of bed bugs or another kind of insect has had a negative effect on your holiday. Legal Expert can process this claim for you, call us on the number at the end of this page so we can tell you more.
Lift And Escalator Accident And Injuries
A lift or escalator can present a safety hazard if it has been improperly maintained, or it develops a fault. If you are injured while riding on an escalator or lift in a hotel in France, then you should be able to make a personal injury claim.
Either the hotel will be liable for compensation, or the company that maintains the lift or elevator on behalf of the hotel. Legal Expert can help you to discern which entity to claim against, so call us on the number at the bottom of this page so we can assist you.
Swimming Pool And Spa Accidents
A swimming pool is one of the most hazardous places in a hotel. Even smaller pools, such as those found in a spa complex, can present a risk. Typical swimming pool accidents are caused by:
- Slipping on wet flooring close to the pool area.
- Being injured while using faulty equipment.
- The risk of drowning if there is no lifeguard on duty.
- Waterborne bacteria and viruses causing an illness.
- Cuts and lacerations caused by broken or cracked tiles in the swimming pool.
If you are injured in your hotel pool in France, Legal Expert can act as your personal injury lawyer and process a compensation claim for you. Call us on the number at the end of the page, and we can get started on your claim today.
Burn injuries are another common reason why UK holidaymakers make a hotel personal injury claim. There are many burn risks in a hotel in France, and these can include:
- Hot food or drink being spilt on a customer in the hotel restaurant.
- A faulty shower unit scalding a hotel resident.
- A faulty electric kettle in a hotel room scalding a hotel resident.
- Insufficient or malfunctioning smoke alarms leading to a resident being injured in a hotel fire.
Injuries Caused By Broken Or Damaged Furniture
Damaged furniture in a hotel room, or one of the public areas, can very easily cause an accident. For example, a chair with a broken leg can cause a person to take a fall. The hotel in France is obligated to keep residents safe at all times, and this includes ensuring that all furniture is safe to use. If they fail in this obligation, and a piece of furniture causes an injury to a resident of the hotel, Legal Expert can act as your personal injury solicitor and process a claim for you. Call us on the number at the bottom of this guide to find out how.
What Should I Do After An Injury Or Illness At A Hotel In France
If you are injured in an accident while staying in a hotel in France, or you have contracted an illness such as food poisoning, take these steps below to maximise your chances of making a successful compensation claim.
- Report the accident or illness to the hotel operator.
- If you are on a package holiday to France, inform your travel vendor that you have been injured.
- Visit the hospital and receive professional medical treatment.
- Gather evidence, such as taking photographs of the scene of the accident, and also gathering the contact details of witnesses.
- If you have been assaulted, or the victim of another crime in a hotel in France, make sure the police have recorded the event.
What Types Of Compensation Can You Claim For After Being Hurt In A Hotel
When Legal Expert processes hotel accident injury claims on behalf of our clients, the settlement we receive on behalf of the claimant is made up of a number of different types of damages, such as:
- Special damages:
- Medical fees
- Travel costs
- Care costs
- Loss of income
- Ad-hoc losses
- General damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Long-term recuperation
- Permanent disabilities
- Mental illness
France Hotel Accident Compensation Claims Calculator
If you have been the victim of a hotel accident abroad while on holiday in France, the amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the circumstances of the accident, and the injuries that it caused. However the table below gives a general indication of the amounts you may be able to claim for a wide range of injuries.
|Neck injured||Minor to severe||Covering everything from cuts and bruises, through sprains and nerve damage to permanent paralysis of the neck.||Up to £130,075|
|Back injured||Minor to severe||From simple cuts and sprains, through fractures of the vertebrae, to some form of permanent back-related disability.||Up to £141,165|
|Hand injured||Minor to serious||From damage to the soft tissue of the hand, through sprains and nerve damage, to amputation of one or both of the hands.||Up to £54,295|
|Wrist injured||Minor to severe||From cuts and sprains, through tendon and nerve damage, to complete paralysis of the wrist.||Up to £4,175|
|Arm injured||Moderate to severe||From minor injuries such as lacerations and sprains, through fractures, to amputation or paralysis of the arm.||Up to £114,825|
|Finger injured||Minor to severe||From damage to the soft tissue, through dislocations and fractures, to amputation of one or more fingers.||Up to £21,935|
|Thumb injured||Minor to severe||From damage to the soft tissue, through dislocations and fractures, to amputation of one or both thumbs.||Up to £48,035|
|Toe injured||Moderate to severe||From cuts and lacerations of the toe, through sprains, dislocations and fractures, to complete amputation of one or more toes.||Up to £49,135|
|Ankle injured||Minor to severe||From cuts, abrasions and sprains, through tendon and nerve damage, to complete paralysis of the ankle.||Up to £61,135|
|Foot injured||Minor to very severe||From lacerations, cuts and bruising, through fractures and nerve damage, to paralysis of complete amputation of one or both feet.||Up to £96,135|
|Leg injured||Minor to severe||From damage to the soft tissue and muscles of the leg, through breaks and tendon damage, to paralysis or amputation or one or both legs.||Up to £119,235|
No Win No Fee French Hotel Accident And Injury Claims
Legal Expert offers our national No Win No Fee claims service to people all across the UK. This is, we believe, the best way for victims of a hotel accident in France to get the compensation that they are eligible for. We charge nothing to start your claim, nothing as we process your claim, and nothing if we fail to win you any compensation. When we do receive a compensation payment for you, we will take our pre-agreed fee from the money we received, and send what is left to you.
What Legal Expert Can Do To Help You
Legal Expert has plenty of experience in processing hotel accident compensation claims successfully on behalf of our clients, and we can do exactly the same for you. If you give us a call on the number below, one of our team will be ready to walk you through our new claims onboard process.
We will always try to get you the most compensation possible, while doing nothing that could put your claim at risk. One of our team will always be on hand to update you on your claim, and answer any questions you may have. They will use simple English, and not legal jargon to speak to you.
Talk To Us Today
Do you believe that you have a valid reason to make a claim for an accident that happened in a French hotel? Are you ready for Legal Expert to begin processing your claim for you? Then call us now on 0800 073 8804 and one of our team will be waiting to help you.
The UK Government has published travel advice for people visiting France at this link:
The NHS has published information on getting medical treatment while in France at this link:
We have published a general guide to making compensation claims for holiday accidents in France; it can be found at this link:
At the link below, you will find a guide to making a compensation claim for a swimming pool accident:
At the link below, you will find a guide to making a compensation claim for a road traffic accident: