How Much Can I Claim for an Accident on Holiday?

Author:
Clare Rabbetts
Associate Solicitor, Holiday Claims
Date:
30/10/2019

The amount of compensation you may receive in a holiday accident claim depends on the specific circumstances of your case. The case studies below show a selection of claims we have settled with our clients being awarded compensation settlements ranging from £1,750 to £14,000.

Any compensation settlement you are awarded will be based on the severity of your injuries, the pain and suffering you’ve gone through and any loss of earnings and out of pocket expenses you’ve experienced.

So a person with a severe injury and a higher earning potential, or someone who has been forced to spend a long time off work, could receive a significantly larger amount of compensation than someone who’s suffered a fairly minor injury or someone who is able to return to work fairly quickly.

A compensation payout could also be larger if the injuries lead to long term care, support and rehabilitation requirements, or causing the injured person to stop working as a result of the accident; in which case loss of future earnings can also be awarded.

As the case studies above demonstrate, our Holiday Claims Solicitors have substantial experience in helping people who’ve been injured in an accident on holiday to successfully claim compensation.

For free legal advice about making a holiday accident claim, contact us and ask if we can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

How is Holiday Accident Compensation Calculated?

Each individual case is different, so we can’t put an exact figure on how much compensation you’re likely to get until we’ve looked at your specific claim. But any valuation will bear in mind the following:

      • The pain and suffering you’ve experienced
      • How much of your holiday was spoiled
      • Loss of earnings
      • Medical costs and out of pocket expenses
      • The cost of any rehabilitation support you need
      • Care and assistance expenses

The amounts of compensation awarded for these will be different for each individual who makes a claim, and will reflect their unique circumstances.

But with the right compensation settlement in place, valued with your specific situation in mind, you should be able to get back into the position you would have been in had the accident not taken place, at least as much as possible.

Who Can I Claim Compensation from?

Your tour operator is responsible if you were injured while on a package holiday through no fault of your own. Similarly, if you were injured in an accident on a cruise ship that wasn’t your fault, you could claim against the cruise ship operator.

However, there may be situations where you need to take legal action against a foreign defendant overseas. Our Holiday Claims Solicitors are specialists at dealing with overseas holiday accident claims, so we can help you through the entire process, to make it as stress-free for you as possible.

What to Do after a Holiday Accident

You must ensure that the details of your accident are properly recorded in the immediate aftermath. For instance, you should seek medical attention straight away, and get a written copy of what the doctor treating you has said.

You should also report your accident to staff of the hotel, the cruise ship, the airline or service provider responsible, as well as your tour operator representative. Insist that you get a written copy of their accident report, as again, it could be useful evidence when it comes to claiming compensation and valuing your claim accurately.

If you suffer an accident on holiday, you could increase your chances of bringing a successful claim by providing evidence such as photos or video footage of where the accident occurred, and by providing contact details for any witnesses to your accident, as they could give important evidence that helps us prove and value your claim.

These could be very effective in proving your version of events and demonstrating that your hotel, cruise ship, airline or operator was negligent.

Of course, there’s always a chance that your tour operator, cruise operator or airline will offer some form of compensation before you’ve even spoken to a Solicitor. We recommend not accepting any offers until you’ve spoken with a specialist Holiday Claims Solicitor, as they’re offer to settle is likely to be far lower than what you could be awarded if you go through legal channels.

A compensation offer from a tour operator, cruise ship or airline is not likely to fully reflect your immediate and future needs, circumstances and the scale of what happened to you. But by claiming with the help of our Solicitors, you’ll be in a much stronger position to understand the true value of your claim and receive the compensation you’re entitled to and ensure any future rehabilitation needs are fully met.

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