Holidays are meant to be fun and relaxing, a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, if you’re unfortunate enough to suffer an accident, especially one that was in no way your fault, this can all be ruined. Whenever you suffer an accident due to the negligence of another, you are perfectly within your rights to want some sort of justice, and if it was the fault of your holiday operator for spoiling a holiday – and probably one you have paid a great deal of money for – then a little compensation is the very least you can ask for. But what sort of incidents could lead to you making a holiday accident claim, and how can you make sure you get the compensation you deserve?
What is a holiday accident and when can you seek compensation?
A holiday accident is a general term referring to any accident, illness or injury suffered while on holiday or abroad. If the accident was not your fault, such as if your holiday operator has ruined your vacation by not doing their job properly or you have suffered injury as a result of improperly maintained accommodation, you can attempt to seek a holiday accident compensation claim, thus earning yourself at least some recompense for any pain or inconvenience suffered.
People seek holiday accident compensation claims for a number of reasons, but some of the most common include:
- Illness, for example food poisoning caused by improper food preparation or viruses allowed to spread due to poor levels of cleanliness
- Unpleasant or otherwise objectionable conditions, for example if your hotel is dirty or poorly maintained
- Personal injuries caused by avoidable hazards, for example slipping on a wet floor that was not clearly signposted
- Accidents sustained while on tours or engaged in sporting activities such as swimming or skiing
- Accidents brought about by badly maintained or otherwise unsafe rental vehicles
Additionally, holiday accident compensation claims go beyond land-based grievances. Indeed, if you happen to suffer some sort of accident while travelling by sea or even by air, pursuing a claim may end up with you being awarded some kind of financial compensation. In the case of the latter, you can even claim if your accident pertains to a flight in a light aircraft or helicopter.
How to pursue a holiday accident insurance claim
Holiday accident compensation claims can be slightly more difficult to pursue than others, this due to a number of reasons. One of the biggest of these is arguably the fact that compensation claims sought for something that happened abroad are frequently under the jurisdiction of the country in which they occurred. Another is that they must also be pursued no more that three years after the incident in question; any longer and it is likely to become much more difficult to claim.
Disregarding any potential difficulties, however, you should definitely seek justice if you have had your holiday ruined by somebody else’s negligence, be they your underperforming holiday operator or the company who rented you an unsafe vehicle. If your holiday has been ruined by injury, illness or any other kind of discomfort, you have every right to attempt to seek the compensation you deserve.
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