Having an accident at any time is not ideal. However, the comfort of being close to friends and family is always reassuring. When an accident happens abroad it can be all the more stressful as most people will be uncomfortable in their surroundings and unsure of the law and what their rights are in a foreign country.
Common accidents that can happen while abroad may include road traffic accidents, slips or falls and skiing/sporting injuries for example. The claims process will, of course, be a little different to the approach taken for ordinary claims arising out of accidents that have happened in Northern Ireland. Below we have provided a guide to some of the accidents that can happen abroad and how you should deal with them:
You may have been driving a hire car or been a passenger on a vehicle organised as part of a package holiday deal. If you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you sustained an injury* you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
While the law may differ in foreign countries you should still follow the standard protocol for road traffic accidents. Specifically, you should exchange details with the other driver and report the accident to the police. A police report should be requested if possible. You should also take pictures of the accident locus and get the details of any witnesses to the accident.
If you are travelling as part of a package holiday you should report the accident to your hotel or travel representative. You should then seek legal advice as soon as possible and our experienced personal injury solicitors can guide you through the claims process.
If you suffer injury as a result of a hazard or defect that has caused you to fall while on holiday then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. For example, if you fall and injure yourself as a result of a slippery floor in your hotel that hadn’t been cleaned up or adequately cordoned off then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
You should firstly seek medical treatment. You should then take pictures of the accident locus and obtain details from any witnesses. You will then need to report the incident to your hotel and/or travel representative. Our expert personal injury solicitors can then help to make a claim on your behalf and will aim to recover damages for pain and suffering, as well as any medical expenses and loss of earnings incurred.
There are risks involved with skiing and winter sports. Sometimes fault can clearly lie with the injured person if they caused injury by their own negligence. However, there are many examples of accidents happening as a result of faulty equipment, improper training or supervision and collisions with other skiers. The extreme nature of skiing means that if accidents do occur it can lead to quite serious injury and the injured party may incur significant medical expenses for example.
Many skiing holidays are booked through a travel agency in the UK or Ireland. If you have suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault, we may be able to make a claim on your behalf against the travel agency for negligence and/or breach of contract.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.