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Guernsey Personal Injury Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For A Holiday Accident In Guernsey?

Have you experienced an accident on holiday in Guernsey that resulted in you becoming injured or ill? Or maybe you live in Guernsey and experienced an accident at work, or in a public place. If the accident was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation. Whether you need to make a hotel accident claim in Guernsey, a medical negligence claim, Guernsey road traffic accident claim, a claim for a workplace accident, or any other sort of personal injury damages in Guernsey, trust Legal Expert to help you claim the compensation that you are entitled to. We are a well respected personal injury law firm. If you have been injured or made ill because an accident in Guernsey that was caused by another party, we can provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer who covers the Guernsey area, who will be able to handle your personal injury claim in the Channel Islands, wherever you live.

Holiday accident claims Guernsey

Holiday accident claims Guernsey

Why choose Legal Expert? Our personal injury solicitors have up to 3 decades of experience handling personal injury claims and will always fight to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve, so you won’t be shortchanged. We offer a free Guernsey accident claims consultation to all of our potential clients, so call today and if you have the right to claim, one of our personal injury solicitors will start working on your claim right away.

If you have been injured or made ill because of a holiday accident in Guernsey, or any other sort of accident in Guernsey that was not your fault, start your claim today. Call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 to start your Channel Islands personal injury claim now.

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A Guide To Guernsey Accident Claims

The Channel Islands are an archipelago of Islands off the coast of Normandy, France. They are crown dependencies which are not part of the United Kingdom, the commonwealth or the EU but the UK is responsible for the island’s defense and internal relations. There are two dependencies, the Bailiwick of Jersey, which consists of the island of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands and the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which consists of the island of Guernsey and several smaller inhabited islands. The total permanent population of the islands is just over 164,500.

As well as being a permanent residence to many, the channel islands are also a popular holiday destination with visitors from the UK and mainland Europe. For example, 36,264 bed nights in commercial accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs were sold in 2017, an overall 5% increase from 2016. The island is popular for beach holidays and sailing holidays. Visitors also come for business trips or to see friends and family.

In this guide to Guernsey accident claims, we will look at how to claim compensation for an accident or injury in Guernsey. We are a law firm based in Great Britain, so we can provide a personal injury solicitor that covers the channel islands to British holidaymakers who experienced a holiday accident in Guernsey, or provide solicitors to permanent residents who need to make a personal injury claim in the Channel Islands. In this guide, we will advise you on the circumstances in which you can make a personal injury claim for compensation and will look at accidents that people claim compensation for. We will advise you on how to find the right personal injury solicitor to handle your claim and we have also included a personal injury compensation claims calculator to help you estimate how much compensation you could be entitled to receive. We will also explain the benefit of making a Guernsey accident no win no fee claim. Read on to find out more.

What Is A Guernsey Accident, Injury Or Illness?

Of course, accidents happen in Guernsey every day, just as they do anywhere else in the world. Most accidents are unavoidable mistakes, and fortunately, most accidents don’t have serious consequences for the person who is injured. However, according to litigation in Guernsey if you are injured or made ill because of an accident that was caused by negligence on the part of another party in Guernsey you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation from the party responsible. This could be for an accident at a hotel, an accident at a restaurant, an accident on a boat trip, a road traffic accident or any other sort of accident in Guernsey. How serious does your accident have to be before you can make a claim for your accident on holiday in the Channel Islands? As a general rule, we will consider a case if the injury or illness was serious enough for the claimant to have to take three or more days off work, or suffered a significant effect such as lasting psychological damage.

If you have been injured or made ill because of an accident in Guernsey that was not your fault, remember that Legal Expert can provide you with the right personal injury solicitor to handle your claim. Call us today for your free consultation, and if you have the right to claim one of our excellent lawyers will start working on your claim right away.

Common Types Of Accidents Which Could Happen In Guernsey

We will now look in detail at accidents leading to an injury or illness that our clients frequently claim compensation for. Remember, if you have been injured or made ill because of an accident in Guernsey that was not your fault, call Legal Expert today, to see if you are entitled to claim compensation.

Workplace Accidents In Guernsey

This guide is not just for people who have experienced holiday accidents. It is also for people who live and work in Guernsey. If you have been injured in a workplace accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. This is because while you are at work, your employer has a legal duty of care towards their employees. This means that they are legally responsible for providing you with a safe and hygienic working environment. Their responsibility includes conducting regular risk assessments to identify health and safety hazards on their premises and applying control measures in order to minimise the risk of an accident at work occurring. This could include, for example, identifying and fixing a trip hazard on the floor. If the workplace neglect their duty of care towards their employees and an employee becomes injured or ill as a result, they could make a personal injury claim for compensation.

Common workplace accidents include: slip, trip and fall accidents, manual handling accidents, being hit by a falling object or illnesses caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals. If you have been made injured or ill because of negligence on the part of your employer, call Legal Expert today about making a workplace accident claim.

Road Traffic Accidents In Guernsey

Visitors to Guernsey from mainland Britain often find that driving in Guernsey is different. For example, visitors often notice that there are fewer road signs, that the maximum speed limit is 35 miles an hour, or in built-up areas and near schools, it is 25 miles per hour. They are also narrower roads and fewer road signs. This means that driving can be challenging in Guernsey. If you have been injured in a car accident, or road traffic accident in Guernsey that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a Guernsey road traffic accident claim. Call Legal Expert today, to enquire about making a Guernsey road traffic accident claim, for a car or road traffic accident in Guernsey. If you are entitled to compensation, we will start working on your claim right away.

Guernsey Package Holiday Accident Claims

There are many ways that you can be injured or ill on holiday in Guernsey, including an accident at a hotel, an accident at a restaurant, an accident whilst using transport or an accident on an organised activity, such as sailing or horse riding.

If you are injured on a package holiday, your tour operator has a duty of care to you, whilst you are taking part in activities included in your holiday. This includes transport, accommodation, eating or drinking at an all-inclusive hotel, or taking part in organised sporting activities or excursions. If you are injured on a package holiday, your claim will be against the tour operator, not your individual hotel, airline or sporting activity provider. If you have been injured on a package holiday to Guernsey your claim will be protected by the Package Travel, Package Holiday, and Package Tour Regulations 1992.

If you were injured in a hotel on a privately booked holiday to Guernsey, call us today about making a hotel accident claim in Guernsey. Similarly, if you were injured on a package holiday to Guernsey and need to make a package holiday claim, call us today about claiming compensation for an accident on holiday in Guernsey.

Medical Negligence At A Hospital In Guernsey

Whether you are a permanent resident of Guernsey, or visited the island on holiday, you could have experienced medical negligence in hospital. What is medical negligence? All medical practitioners have a duty of care towards their patients, which means they must provide them with the best possible care at all times. Medical negligence, also known as clinical negligence, is when a medical practitioner delivers substandard care to a patient, causing an avoidable accident. As a result, the patient becomes ill, injured or their existing medical condition is worsened. Examples of medical negligence can include a doctor misdiagnosing a patient’s condition, causing it to worsen over time, a doctor prescribing the wrong medicine, or a nurse administering the wrong medicine.

If you have been injured or made ill because of medical negligence on the island of Guernsey, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim in Guernsey for compensation. Call Legal Expert today, to begin your medical negligence claim.

Slips, Trips And Falls

Unfortunately, slips, trips and falls are relatively common accidents. Although most slip, trip or fall accidents are not serious, others can result in more serious injuries such as a musculoskeletal injury or a broken bone. Slips, trips and falls can happen in places like hotels, restaurants or shops because of hazards such as wet floors, broken flooring or broken handrails, which can cause customers to fall down the stairs. If you have been injured because of a slip, trip or fall injury in Guernsey, you could be entitled to make a Channel Islands personal injury claim. Call Legal Expert today, to talk about your Guernsey accident claims options.

Accidents In Restaurants And Food Allergy Claims

Restaurants have a duty of care towards their staff, customers and other people who may use the premises, such as health inspectors or delivery people. This means that they are legally obliged to uphold high standards of health and safety. If they neglect their duty of care and a customer or staff member becomes injured or ill as a result, they could have to pay them compensation.

What sort of accidents can happen in a restaurant? If kitchens are not kept in proper condition, staff can slip on wet or dirty floors. Staff can also be burned on cooking equipment or hot oil. Customers can also experience burns if their food is served at too hot a temperature. And if food is not properly stored or prepared, this can result in diners becoming ill with food poisoning or illnesses such as the norovirus. Food allergies are another problem. Restaurants also need to be made aware that they have to list any food that can cause allergic reactions on their menus. If they fail to do so, and a customer suffers an allergic reaction as a result, they could be held liable for their injuries and have to pay them food allergy compensation as a result.

If you have been injured or made ill because of negligence on the part of a restaurant in Guernsey, call Legal Expert to see if you are entitled to claim compensation. If you are owed compensation, one of our excellent personal injury solicitors will start working on your accident on holiday claim today.

How To Contact The Guernsey Emergency Department

The States of Guernsey Emergency Department at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital provides round the clock accident and emergency care. If you or someone else is seriously injured or ill, you can call 999 or 112 to contact the ambulance service. Remember, this is an emergency number, which is not to be used for injuries which can be treated by a GP.

Healthcare In Guernsey For Visitors

Please be aware that the Bailiwick of Guernsey does not have a bilateral healthcare agreement with the United Kingdom, which means that visitors from the UK are not entitled to state healthcare whilst visiting the island. Therefore it is important that you take out fully comprehensive health insurance before you visit Guernsey in case you are injured or taken ill.

Top Places To Visit In Guernsey

Top tourist attractions in Guernsey:

  • Castle Cornet
  • Victor Hugo House
  • Fort Grey
  • The German Fortifications
  • The Guernsey loophole towers
  • Sausmarez Manor
  • The German Occupation Museum
  • Dehus Dolmen

Guernsey Accident Claims Personal Injury Calculator

If you have been injured or made ill because of an accident that was not your fault, you could be able to make a Guernsey accident claim for compensation. You can use our personal injury claims calculator to estimate how much your claim could be worth. Quoted amount only accounts for general damages you could receive.

Injury/ severityComments on the illness or injurySettlement examples
Nose injuries - fractures (i), (ii), (iii), (iv)Fractures which affect either the nose or the 'nasal complex'£1,500 to £20,280
Chest injuries - A to GCould include breaks and fractures as well as other injuries to the chest or ribs.from up to £3,460 to £131,620
Transient eye injuryThis should be fully healed in a couple of weeks.£1,930 to £3,460
Mental anguishCaused by the expectation of death.£4,100
Traumatic injury to the digestive systemSevere damage where there is pain and discomfort as well as possible damage to reproductive health.£37,710 to £54,280
Kidney injurySerious and lasting injuries to on or to both of your kidneys.£148,540 to £184,460
Neck injuries - moderate (ii)Caused by a wrenching type accident, could be from whiplash. £21,910 to £33,750
Neck injuries - minorIn these cases you injury will heal within twelve weeks/ three months.Up to £2,150
Hand injury - less seriousCould result from a crush injury.£12,670 to £25,430
Leg injury - severeIn such cases the injuries fall just short of requiring amputaion.£84,400 to £119,210

Alternatively, call us today and you will receive an estimate for how much compensation you could receive, from one of our advisors. This quote will be personalised to you.

What Costs And Losses Can I Be Compensated For?

If you make a successful personal injury claim in Guernsey, your compensation will be awarded as general damages and special damages. Let’s look at what this means in more detail below.

General Damages:

General damages are the main part of the compensation package and are usually the largest part. They serve the purpose of compensating the claimant for the pain, suffering, and loss of amenity that they have experienced as a result of their injuries.

Special Damages:

Special damages serve the purpose of compensating the injured person for any financial losses they have experienced as a result of their injuries or illness. Below are some examples of what special damages people claim back as part of their holiday accident claim:

  • Medical expenses
  • Travel expenses
  • At home care expenses
  • Mobility equipment expenses
  • Home adaptation expenses
  • Reimbursement for loss of income

No Win No Fee Guernsey Accident Claims

If you are looking to make a Channel Islands personal injury claim, you may wish to make a no win no fee claim. With no win no fee, you can claim just like anyone else, but you will only have to pay your fee if you win your compensation claim. This means that there is no financial risk to you. Ofcourse, we only take on holiday accident claims, or other types of personal injury claims that we know we can win, but for many of our clients making a Guernsey no win no fee claim, provides extra peace of mind.

To learn about our no win no fee claims service, call us today, or read our online guide.

How Our Specialist Solicitors Can Help You?

If you have been injured or made ill whilst in Guernsey, because of an accident that was not your fault, call Legal Expert today to see if you are entitled to claim. Our specialist solicitors can represent you in your Guernsey personal injury claims case and will fight to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Call us today to receive your free consultation and hopefully, we’ll be representing your Guernsey accident claim very soon.

Additional Resources

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For An Accident On A Package Holiday – How to claim compensation.

Holiday Accident Claims Guide – How Much Can I Claim?

A Government Guide To The Crown Dependencies: Jersey, Guernsey And The Isle Of Man

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