Making a Compensation Claim for an Accident Abroad

David Mason Marketing & Business Development Manager at the Paul Rooney Partnership talks about making a personal injury claim if your summer holiday wasn’t as relaxing as it should have been.

Online PR News – 09-June-2010 – – David Mason Marketing & Business Development Manager at the Paul Rooney Partnership talks about making a personal injury claim if your summer holiday wasn’t as relaxing as it should have been.

“As the summer season draws to a close, many Brits will have jetted off to warmer climates for their annual holidays at some point in the last three months. Unfortunately, some of those trips will have ended in misery, with a number of British holidaymakers suffering a personal injury whilst on their travels.

According to a survey conducted by the Department of Health earlier this year, almost half of Brits have fallen ill or suffered injury whilst overseas. And a significant percentage of these will have suffered injury where the responsibility lies with someone else, whether it be a slip or fall in a public place, or an accident whilst travelling to/from their destination. If this has happened to you during your trip, then you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries once you return home.

Pursuing a compensation claim for an accident that happened abroad can understandably be more complicated than if the incident had happened in the UK. There are a number of obstacles that could hinder the claim process, such as language barriers and differing legislation. Here at the Paul Rooney Partnership, we have solicitors who specialise in compensation claims for accidents abroad, and have specialist knowledge of the travel laws and legal processes in other countries.

If you are unlucky enough to suffer an injury whilst abroad, then there are a number of steps you should take in order to make the process of claiming compensation run smoothly. You should report the accident as soon as it happens, either to your holiday representative or to whoever is responsible for the place where the incident happened. You should also report your accident to your travel insurer as soon as possible, and make sure the incident is accurately recorded in the appropriate accident log books.

Next, obtain an accident report form from your tour operator, or from where the accident happened. If you are refused one for whatever reason, make up your own copy, detailing exactly what happened, and have it signed by an independent witness for verification. If possible, take photographs or video footage of where the accident happened, and what caused the accident if applicable.

If you received medical treatment for your injury, then you should obtain a letter or other evidence of treatment from the medical institution where you were treated. Make a note of any expenses that you may incur as a result of the accident and keep hold of any receipts. Then, once you arrive home, contact us as soon as possible to begin the process of claiming compensation.

Suffering a personal injury whilst abroad can often taint the memories of what should have been a relaxing holiday. And while nothing can ease the pain and distress of the accident, we at the Paul Rooney Partnership aim to make this difficult time in your life easier for you, by helping you to win the compensation that you deserve.

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