Accidents While in Transit
It is not unheard of for accidents to occur while on your way to your hotel or resort. We’ve seen situations where people have had accidents while travelling to and from their holiday destination. These include accidents:
- On the plane
- On a ferry or boat
- On a cruise
- In a taxi or bus (airport transfer)
If you are involved in an accident while being transferred from the airport to your hotel and you suffer injuries as a result, then you could be entitled to compensation.
Airport transfers are usually operated by bus or minibus, but could also be by local taxi services. Some exotic locations, such as the Maldives, might involve a seaplane or powerboat transfer.
We’ve settled an unusual claim for an air passenger who was injured by a member of cabin crew who inadvertently slammed shut an overhead locker, trapping the passenger’s head and causing serious injury.
If you’ve been involved in any accident while in transit and want to know if you could claim compensation then speak to our team today.
Slips & Trips on Holiday by the Pool
Slips and trips around the swimming pool are another common cause of injury. If you or a member of your party has been injured as the result of an accident in/around your hotel, they could be eligible for compensation if the hotel or tour operator is held responsible.
Other countries may have different health and safety standards, or not be as focused on health and safety as we are in the UK. For this reason, we find instances of disrepair, inadequate accident prevention, no risk assessments, lack of maintenance, or poor design leading to people having accidents.
Accidents in the Hotel Grounds
Some people experience accidents in the grounds of a hotel where there may be walkways or paving that is uneven, or at night if areas are not properly lit. Many dangers lurk inside the hotel as well for example on stairs, in the recreational areas, or in the restaurants and bars.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident like this, we can help you by making a claim against the tour operator or hotel owner in the UK courts.
It’s also not uncommon to see injuries caused by bed bugs in foreign hotels. If you book a package holiday and are unlucky enough to stay in a hotel with bedbugs, you may have a claim for compensation. We’ve won cases for clients who have complained to their tour operator about lasting blisters and scarring from bedbug bites on holiday.
Bedbugs, or Cimexlectularius to give them their proper name, are small blood-sucking insects that make their home in and around beds. Similar to mosquitos, they are attracted to body heat and carbon dioxide, and crawl out of crevices in the bed to bite exposed skin.
Bedbug bites often cause a skin reaction, with itchy red bumps developing between one and nine days later. While they can look similar to mosquito bites, bedbug bites tend to be in a straight line whereas mosquitos bite in a random pattern.
If you suffer from bedbug bites on a package holiday, you may be protected by The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.
The Package Holiday Regulations 1992 say the Tour Operator is responsible for all the services that form part of the package sold to the customer. This means that the main parts of your holiday, including transport, accommodation and food, are covered by British legislation.
To make a claim under this law you have to show there was a lack of reasonable care and skill in the supply of your holiday. It’s worth noting that the expected standard of skill and care will be considered in relation to the reasonable standards in the country where the incident happened.
If you had a bedbug claim against your tour operator, the typical compensation payout you could expect would depend on the extent and the number of symptoms experienced. We would have to consider the length of time it took for the bites to heal and whether antibiotics or other prescription medication was required.
For a simple case of bedbug bites, you could expect to claim around £1,000 compensation. If the experience also triggered a psychological reaction such as insomnia, flashbacks, or nightmares, this would likely increase your compensation entitlement to over £1,000.
How Do I Make a Claim?
After the trauma of an accident abroad we know the last thing you want is more stress and worry when making a claim for compensation. That’s why we’ve created a simple claim process that you can get started with just one call or email to our specialist legal team.
Our advisors will guide you through the claim process and take down details of the accident and injuries and explain how long the process can take. You’ll be supported along the way by our expert team who will work on getting you the maximum amount possible in the shortest possible time.
There are more than 100,000 people using our services every year and we are ranked the number one law firm in the UK for revenue per lawyer – our reputation is formidable and you won’t get a better law firm working on your behalf.
How Much Compensation Could I Claim?
Compensation amounts for accidents and injuries abroad range from a thousand pounds to over a million – depending on the severity of the injuries sustained.
Clearly, it’s not possible to know right away how much the claim is worth but it’s one of the first things your lawyer will assess after the initial call, so that you know how much compensation you are entitled to.
Claim amounts are set by the Judicial College Guidelines and cover everybody part and injury severity. The amounts are in bands and where your particular injury sits within that band is for our team to negotiate with the other side based on the medical evidence available.
As a guide, us our calculator below to get an indication of typical compensation amounts.