Having an accident abroad, whether on holiday or during the course of your job, can be a frightening experience. Language barriers and different medical systems can bewilder you. At the time, it may be all you can do to find your way home.
But you do have rights. Compensation claims for accidents abroad are often successful, when you have the right legal expertise on your side.
Free claims advice from experienced solicitors
People have received compensation for a wide range of accidents and illnesses abroad, from food poisoning and ski-ing accidents to hotel injuries and motor accidents. Whatever the circumstance, never try to second guess whether you have the right to claim – call our experienced solicitors for free advice.
We’ll ask you a few simple questions and, in most cases, we can tell you within minutes whether or not your claim is likely to be successful and even how much compensation you’re likely to receive. Once you decide to go ahead, we move quickly and do everything in our power to win you the compensation you deserve. And with our no win, no fee promise, you don’t have to pay us a single penny unless we win.
In your initial, free consultation, we will talk through your accident abroad and can often give you an indication of how much compensation you may be able to claim.
Can I claim?
We can help you can claim compensation for an accident abroad caused by a wide range of circumstances. They include:
• ski-ing accidents
• road traffic accidents
• food poisoning
• accidents on hotel premises
• and more – this list is not exhaustive.
Please don’t assume there’s no help out there – call us for a free initial consultation and let our expert solicitors guide you through your options.
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If you were hurt whilst on holiday or away for job-related reasons, you are probably experiencing a flood of emotions and reactions. Having questions and concerns is natural during this painful and confusing time. That is why Applebys Solicitors make themselves and their staff members available to consult with you and address your many valid concerns. From the initial free consult throughout the claims process, you will never be alone. Because you will receive the individualised attention your questions deserve, we will only take up three issues that often concern victims of accidents abroad:
What does 'no win no fee' mean?
When you meet with Applebys' personal injury lawyers to discuss your case, the visit will be free of charge. If we determine that your case is valid, we'll take it on at no cost to you.
Do I have any basis for a claim if I became ill on a cruise ship?
If your illness was caused by a breakdown in the ship's hygiene conditions, you should definitely consult a personal injury solicitor. The illness you suffered not only diminished your enjoyment of the cruise, but it also may have caused more long term effects.
What are my rights if I had an accident in a foreign hotel whilst on holiday through a group package?
As long as your holiday was booked through a UK travel agent, you can make a claim against the holiday company. In this instance, the foreign hotel and its staff are considered agents of the holiday company, making them potentially liable for damages.
You might be wondering who is at the highest risk of having an accident whilst abroad. Certainly, there are several occupations that put their employees in especially high jeopardy. These include the timber industry, commercial fishing, and commercial pilots. In addition, people are at increased risk of accident if they do jobs involving extensive driving.
For those going abroad for non-work related reasons, sporting activities such as skiing can lead to strains, sprains, and fractures. Then, of course, there are the incidents that none of us can possibly predict: the slips and falls, illnesses, and road accidents that can cut holidays short and cause ongoing physical problems for months and years to come.
If you are uncertain about whether to go to the trouble of filing a personal injury claim for an accident on holiday, you might be interested to hear about the powerful positive impact other UK residents have seen from doing so. Here are just a few examples:
• A couple contracted e-coli whilst on an all-inclusive holiday to the Dominican Republic. With help from a well-known UK solicitor, they received £7,000 in compensation.
• A holidaymaker hoping to relax in Spain instead suffered a severe back injury as a result of a collapsed hotel bed. With the help of a personal injury attorney, he received £28,000 in damages.
• A teenager who scalded her hand on a hot teacup whilst on holiday obtained £1,400 with the help of a personal injury solicitor.
As you can see, getting input and advice from a solicitor concerning the accident or illness you had whilst abroad can often lead to a positive outcome. Remember that the circumstances that caused your sickness or accident were not your fault. Personal injury solicitors have years of invaluable experience in the intricacies of this type of law. They know exactly what questions to ask, and they have the power of legal force behind them.
If the party who caused your accident or illness receives communication from a solicitor, he or she will be much more likely to take your claim seriously and to award you the compensation you deserve. Since you will never be billed unless and until you win, you will suffer no ill consequences from pursuing damages. Although a monetary judgment will never take away your pain or restore the joy of your holiday, it certainly will enable you to cover your expenses and restore your life, free of worries of how to support yourself and your family.