Simpson Millar LLP’s Holiday Claims Specialists assist people to recover
compensation when they sustain a personal injury on holiday abroad.
There are numerous ways that accidents happen abroad and some typical
examples of accidents that occur during holidays that lead to personal injuries
- Slips on wet floors in hotels or on
- Trips on uneven floors or caused by carelessly discarded obstacles
- Broken furnishings which cause personal injuries to hotel guests
- Swimming pool diving accidents and cuts to feet caused by broken tiles
- Coach and taxi transfer collisions
- Electric shocks
- Falling items from overhead lockers on
Compensation for a Personal Injury on Holiday
Your tour operator is responsible for your safety when you travel
abroad on a package holiday.
Should you suffer a personal injury abroad due to no fault
of your own and through the neglect of, for example, your hotel
or airline then your tour operator is likely to be liable to pay
compensation to you.
Providing your holiday was a proper package holiday you have 3 years to claim
compensation from your tour operator. Children have 3 years from the
date they reach 18 years of age.
There are some exceptions. For example if your accident happens on an aeroplane
or a cruise ship then the time limit is usually reduced
to 2 years.
If you have suffered an injury abroad on holiday you can claim compensation
for your ruined holiday and any financial losses you may have sustained, such as
loss of earnings.
Also, you are entitled to receive a lump sum for your pain and suffering.
Typical awards for pain and suffering made by the courts in 2011 include:
- £8,250 to £16,100 for a wrist injury which results in some permanent
disability such as stiffness and some ongoing pain
- Up to £9,000 for a fracture or ligament tear of the ankle which
may result in difficulty walking on uneven ground or negotiating stairs and leaving
- £2,850 to £5,150 for a minor soft tissue or whiplash injury to
the neck where a full recovery is made around 2 years after the accident