Holidays have become an essential part of our lifestyle.This is a time to chill out, relax and escape from the everyday stresses.
According to a recent survey by ABTA, seven in ten people took at least one UK holiday in 2014 and over half the British population had a holiday abroad, with package holidays being the most popular choice.
Whilst the younger holiday maker seems to be more likely to try new destinations, we are all broadening our horizons, keen to sample different cultures and visit new places.
Not surprisingly, 66 per cent of holidaymakers said that value for money was one of the most important considerations when choosing their holiday, either at home or abroad.
For many, the annual holiday is the highlight of the year. However, if you are unfortunate enough to have your hard earned holiday ruined through injury or illness, the impact can be significant, both financially and emotionally.
If the accident happens while you are abroad, then the experience can also be distressing, particularly if you have to go to hospital and pay for medical treatment. Obviously, if you are travelling as a family or group, they will also be affected.
Can I claim compensation?
Claiming holiday accident compensation is possible. Yet it can be complex as different countries have different laws. However, the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations1992, means that injured parties can claim holiday compensation through the UK courts instead, if they were on a package holiday arranged by a tour operator.
What can I claim for?
Common holiday compensation claims include, slips, trips or falls, sporting accidents, road traffic accidents, food poisoning and Legionnaires disease.
A good personal injury lawyer will be able to help you claim for the inconvenience caused, your loss of enjoyment, loss of earnings and any additional expenses you have incurred.
Your holiday may have been ruined, but there’s no reason you should be out of pocket too.