Hotspots for Tourist Holiday Problems Revealed
As you and your family jet off this summer many of us return with nothing worse than mild sunburn. But for others there are hidden dangers lying in wait in every resort that can catch out the unwary tourist. In the past eight years, more than 26,000 Brits have ended up in A&E abroad after being injured through violence, illness or accidents according to Foreign Office stats. This summer you might want to be on guard against Camel ride accidents, Crocodiles, Henna tattoos and Legionnaires disease.
Nick Harris Head of Holiday Claims, has the story
In an article for the Daily mail, Nick details the most common accidents abroad.
He said: “For most of us, as soon as we step onto the plane we are on holiday mode and we let our hair down. People behave differently and that is when they may get in trouble and when something happens it can have life changing consequences. High safety standards we take for granted in the UK may not be as stringent abroad. You need to keep your wits about you or you can easily end up in hospital”.
He says this year’s most likely accident hotspots countries are Spain, Canary Islands, Greece and Turkey.
This handy map compiled by Simpson Millar solicitors shows some of the biggest problems that tourists may face at the most popular holiday destinations this summer.
In Spain, the Costas and Balearics tourists need to beware of toddlers drowning in pools at the start and end of their holidays and also walking into glass balcony doors which can cause horrific injuries.
Also be on the lookout for ‘highway pirates’ — criminals posing as cops to rob tourists on motorways and at service areas.
Those travelling to Greece and Cyprus need to be wary of the road as the countries have some of the highest driving death rates in Europe. Also watch out for badly constructed handrails on stairs which regularly catch out Brits as well as kids Henna tattoo artists who leave children’s arms scarred for life.
Because their water pipes are shut down in winter, Mr Harris claims, holidaymakers are at risk from Legionnaires’ disease at the start of summer.
He advises to open the doors and windows and run the shower and taps for at least ten minutes to get rid of any stagnant water in the pipes.
In Turkey hazards include fire eating barmen who have left unwary tourists with burn injuries while those visiting waterparks have been left with life changing injuries on poorly designed slides. While many resorts have slippery floors which have left Brits unable to work after falling and suffering serious accidents.
Nick added: “Unfortunately accidents in hotel resorts and waterparks are quite common and sometimes they leave horrific injuries for life. I have one victim who was injured on a waterslide who is still unable to walk properly or return to work six years later”.
Outside Europe, other troublesome countries include Egypt, apparently known for the world’s ‘filthiest money’ thanks to the habit of storing it in shoes, where tourists get injured on Camel and balloon rides.
Trips in lifts and waterpark accidents feature in Canary Islands top risks.
On Caribbean and Med Cruises tourists have to watch out for runaway trolleys, broken and scalding pipes and sickness.
Brits heading to Dominican Republic have to watch out for fraudsters cloning their credit cards.
In Mexico tourists must dodge hijackers, ‘express kidnappers’ — where victims are forced to withdraw cash from credit cards to secure their release, carjackers as well as Cyclospora, a nasty bug which has infected Brits in Riveria Maya four years in a row.
Nick added: “Long haul destinations like Mexico are still developing countries so they come with all kinds of problems and risks.
Crimes rates are typically much higher and as people relax that is when criminals strike. If you are on a package holiday it is the travel company’s responsibility to look after you and this includes ensuring that you are reasonably safe.
If you have an accident or something happens make sure you keep a record of everything on photo or video”.
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