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Holiday Accident Claims In The Dominican Republic Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim For Personal Injury?

Holiday accident claims Dominican Republic

Holiday accident claims Dominican Republic

If you have suffered a personal injury in the Dominican Republic, you may be feeling a bit confused regarding what to do and where to turn to. You turn on the TV and you are inundated with various adverts promising compensation. You look online and there is contrasting information. You can end up feeling more confused than you were to begin with. Do you have to make a claim with a solicitor in the Dominican Republic? Do you even have a chance of compensation? Hopefully that sense of confusion no longer be the case by the time you finish reading this Dominican Republic holiday compensation guide.

Claims can be filed because of a whole host of reasons. Here is a mere handful of the situations that can led to a making a winning claim…

  • Suffering an injury whilst riding your bike
  • Car accidents
  • Tripping on a broken pavement
  • Food poisoning
  • Contracting diseases whilst abroad
  • Sporting accidents
  • Slipping on an unmarked wet surface
  • Injuries caused by product faults
  • … And much, much more!

Here at Legal Expert, we have helped many people to secure compensation if they have been injured while on holiday. You can reach us on 0800 073 8804. However, before you give us a call on this number, you should read on to find out everything you need to know about making a claim for any sort of accident or illness that has happened while you have been in the Dominican Republic.

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A guide to holiday accident and illness claims in the Dominican Republic

Around 179,000 visits by Brits occur to the Dominican Republic. While most people have an incredible holiday, there are some people that have a nightmare vacation because they contract an illness or suffer an injury while on vacation. If this has happened to you, it is important to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. This guide will reveal everything you need to know about doing so. This includes information on steps to take after an accident, as well as the emergency numbers you need. We will also discuss the different types of accidents that happen in the Dominican Republic, from sporting injuries to food poisoning, as well as providing an insight into the service provided.

What to do if you have an accident whilst in the Dominican Republic

  1. See a doctor – For many people, seeing a doctor goes without saying, for others it is an inconvenience. A lot of individuals bypass seeing a medical professional for minor injuries, as they don’t want the hassle and would rather cope with it themselves. Yet you destroy your chances of getting compensation if you do this.
  2. Choose a good solicitor – This is the key ingredient for all personal injury claims in the Dominican Republic and fortunately it’s something Legal Expert can assist with. All of our solicitors work on a No Win, No Fee basis and have plenty of experience.
  3. Make a claim sooner rather than later – A lot of people are shocked to discover there is a three-year time limit on all personal injury cases. Moreover, if you make a claim not long after the incident the details will be fresher in your mind.
  4. Keep proof of expenses – Not only will you be compensated for the injury itself and the suffering you have experienced, but you will also be compensated for any expenses you have encountered as a result of the injury. This can be anything from childcare costs to travel expenses.
  5. Get as many contact details as possible – Firstly you need to begin by getting the details of the person that was at fault for the incident. If you were involved in a car crash and the driver fled you will be able to make an untraced drivers claim. You should also try and get the details of any witnesses as well, as their statements will really strengthen your claim.

How to get emergency assistance in the Dominican Republic

The good news is that the emergency service numbers are pretty easy to remember in the Dominican Republic, as it is the same as America – 911. This is the number you need for the police, ambulance, and fire service.

Medical help and facilities in the Dominican Republic

You will need to have fully comprehensive medical insurance in order to access medical services in the Dominican Republic. A lot of Brits tend to assume that all countries run like the NHS, but that is not the case. Even countries with public health systems do not open them up to tourists. You need to have medical insurance in place to cover all eventualities.

Holiday accident and illness claim time limits

Individuals simply assume that they have all the time in the world to make their claim. Therefore, they focus on getting better first, and when they have time they then explore the possibility of getting compensation. It’s an understandable approach to take; yet it is sadly one that could result in you getting no compensation whatsoever.

So, what is the time limit for holiday accident claims in the Dominican Republic? This is three years. You have three years from the date of the incident to make your claim. It is imperative to note that court proceedings must be issued within this period. Therefore, if you have suffered a road traffic accident in the Dominican Republic on November 24th 2016 you only have until November 24th of 2019 to make a claim and have court proceedings issued.

Dominican Republic package holiday compensation claims

If you have been injured while on a package holiday, the good news is that you are covered by the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

Your holiday is a package deal if it has included two or more of the following: accommodation, transport, or any other type of service, such as tours and excursions. Moreover, if you have bought the holiday for a total or inclusive price, this is another indicator it is a package deal. The trip must also last more than 24 hours or at least include overnight accommodation.

Types of Dominican Republic compensation claims we handle

There are so many different types of accidents and injuries that can occur while someone is in the Dominican Republic. This includes everything from hotel accidents and injuries to injuries caused because of slips, trips, and falls. Below, we will take a look at some of the most common types of personal injury claims made by those on holiday in the Dominican Republic.

Hotel accident and injury claims

There are so many different types of illness and injuries that can happen while you are staying in a hotel. Perhaps you slipped on a broken tile around the swimming pool? Maybe you got ill because of poor hygiene? No matter what has happened, when you are staying in a hotel, it is the company’s responsibility to make sure you are cared for and that you have a good stay. If you have been injured because the service, hygiene, and general health and safety standards have not been of the required level, you should, most certainly, make a claim against the hotel in question.

Claims for food poisoning in the Dominican Republic

There are a number of different symptoms that can arise due to food poisoning in the Dominican Republic, and this illness can range in severity from minor to life threatening.

Some of the most common symptoms associated with food poisoning are as follows:

  • Muscle aches
  • Raised temperature
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

These symptoms can all occur because of various different types of food poisoning, from eating food that has been stored at the incorrect temperature to eating food that was not cooked properly. If this has happened while you were eating in a restaurant or staying at a hotel in the Dominican Republic, you definitely have a great chance of securing holiday sickness compensation. Give us a call for more details on making a Dominican Republic holiday illness claim.

Injuries caused by falls on holiday in the Dominican Republic

Have you been the victim of an accident involving a fall, a slip or a trip in the Dominican Republic? Perhaps you fell over a broken pavement? Maybe you slipped on a wet floor that was not marked? Whatever the situation may be, if the accident occurred through no fault of your own, you should definitely explore the possibility of getting compensation.

Unfortunately these types of claims are not uncommon. Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common reasons for there being personal injury claims in the Dominican Republic. They can of course be extremely distressing as well. This is why you need an experienced and reputable company to handle the case for you whilst you concentrate on getting better. This is exactly what you have with Legal Expert.

Accidents on excursions, boat tours, or other activities

People take lots of boat tours and excursions on or off the water in the Dominican Republic. When it comes to excursions, you need to make sure that you are covered by your insurance. Be careful when choosing a provider. However, if the tour or sporting company has made a mistake that has resulted in you falling ill or suffering an injury, you can most certainly make a Dominican Republic holiday accident claim.

Road traffic accidents in the Dominican Republic

Have you been involved in a road traffic accident in the Dominican Republic? Perhaps a car collided into you and then the driver sped off? Maybe someone knocked you off your bicycle whilst you were riding? Maybe you were the passenger in the vehicle that caused the incident? No matter what happened, so long as the accident as not your fault, you will likely be entitled to compensation.

Sadly, road traffic accidents happen every day. Nonetheless, you would be shocked to discover that a lot of victims never make compensation claims. One of the reasons why this is the case is because many people do not realise that they are even entitled to compensation. This is because there are so many different road traffic accidents. The following is a mere handful of examples…

  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Car Crashes
  • Passenger Accidents
  • Accidents Involving An Uninsured Driver
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Hit And Run Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • … And Much, Much More!

It does not matter how unique the circumstances of your case may seem. When it comes to a car accident in the Dominican Republic, you need to be able to answer ‘yes’ to the following questions in order to have a good chance of getting personal injury compensation…

  1. Did the injury occur because of someone else’s error?
  2. Did the accident happen within the last three years?
  3. Did you see a medical professional as a result of your injuries?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to those questions, you have a very good chance of getting compensation for the accident you were involved in. The next thing you need to do is get in touch with Legal Expert.

Does working with a personal injury solicitor in the UK affect making my claim?

A lot of people fear that they are going to have to use a local solicitor to make a claim, meaning they can only work with holiday accidents claims solicitors in the Dominican Republic. However, this could not be further from the truth. You will have just as great chance of securing compensation if you opt for a personal injury solicitor in the UK. It is all about choosing an experienced and reputable solicitor, rather than selecting one based on location. We can help you match with the perfect solicitor for your Dominican holiday compensation claim.

No win, no fee Dominican Republic holiday compensation claim

When it comes to make a personal injury claim, you have various different options at your disposal when it comes to the way in which you go about making the claim. You can go down the traditional route of hiring a solicitor and paying for their services as and when you receive them. Or, you can opt for solicitors offering No Win, No Fee claims instead, which is definitely the recommended solution. This section reveals the many reasons why…

To begin with, there are a lot of financial advantages to be gained when it comes to No Win, No Fee claims. Firstly, you do not need any money to begin your claim. This is one of the main hurdles people face when they come to making a personal injury claim, as they do not have the money available to pay for consultation fees and such like. Moreover, when it comes to going down the traditional route there is a lot of worry that the personal injury victim could end up financially crippled if they were to lose their case. This is something you do not have to worry about when using a No Win, No Fee solicitor.

The very nature of No Win, No Fee claims means that you are assured to benefit from a much higher level of service. No Win, No Fee solicitors are more impacted by the outcome of your case. This also means that they will only take on your claim if they believe there is a good chance of it being a success. They won’t waste your time or theirs.

At Legal Expert, all of our panel of injury solicitors work on a No Win, No Fee basis. They are some of the best you will find. Call us on our legal helpline and we will match you to the right personal injury solicitor from our panel for your case. They will then handle everything for you – providing a service that is efficient, effective and straightforward.

Top 16 biggest cities in the Dominican Republic

In the list below, you will discover the largest cities in the Dominican Republic, from biggest to smallest, based on population.

  1. Santo Domingo
  2. Santiago de los Caballeros
  3. Santo Domingo Oeste
  4. San Pedro de Macoris
  5. La Romana
  6. Bella Vista
  7. San Cristobal
  8. Puerto Plata
  9. San Francisco de Macrois
  10. Salvaleon de Higuey
  11. Concepcion de La Vega
  12. Punta Cana
  13. Santa Cruz de Barahona
  14. Bonao
  15. San Juan de la Maguana
  16. Bajos de Haina

How to begin your claim

If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, it is vital that you concentrate on getting better whilst a quality law firm handles your personal injury claim for you. After all, you certainly do not want to miss out on the money you are entitled to. Nevertheless, you have had enough stress, and so you definitely don’t want a law firm that is simply going to add to it. This is something you need not worry about with Legal Expert. We are the best choice for all holiday accident claims in the Dominican Republic.

Why should you believe us? Well, there are many reasons. Firstly, we have an impeccable reputation. All you need to do is read the comments that have been left by our previous clients to discover that this is the case. These are readily available on our website for you to see. Moreover, we have plenty of experience. We have been successfully helping thousands and thousands of personal injury victims for years now. Therefore, you can be sure that we definitely have the experience to handle your case. In fact, it is likely that we have dealt with Dominican Republic holiday compensation claims similar time and time before.

Aside from this, the main reason why we are the preferred choice for so many when it comes to claims is because all of the solicitors we are able to provide you with work on a No Win, No Fee basis. This is extremely advantageous for a whole host of different reasons. It means you do not need any money to begin your claim! If that was not enough, financial risk is eliminated. The potential implications are not as big as they would be if you were using a traditional personal injury lawyer. This all ensures you benefit from a higher level of service, and we will only take on your case if we believe you have a genuine chance of winning it. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today on 0800 073 8804 for Dominican Republic holiday illness or accident advice.

Useful links

We hope that you have found this guide useful regarding holiday accident claims in the Dominican Republic. However, if you need more advice or information, you may find the contact information below helpful.

British Embassy Santo Domingo

Ave 27 de Febrero No 233,
Edificio Corominas Pepin
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic

Tel: +1 (809) 472 7111


Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 4pm
Friday from 9am to 1pm

British consular services in the Dominican Republic

British Embassy in Santo Domingo – Here’s the link you need if you’re in Santo Domingo or elsewhere in the Dominican Republic.


Governmental Advice on Dominican Republic Travel – Here is the government website’s page on travelling advice for the Dominican Republic travellers.

NHS – Advice on Dominican Republic – More advice on the health implications of travelling to the Dominican Republic. You might find this useful if you are looking to travel to the area, or if you’ve become ill there and need to seek some kind of medical assistance.

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