A large number of people suffer accidents abroad each year. Whether you have been on a business trip or a personal holiday, if you have had an accident abroad you may well be entitled to compensation. In order to find out if you can claim compensation it is important that you contact a personal injury solicitor** in Cardiff as soon as you return from your trip.
There are a number of common examples of accidents abroad which may result in injuries where compensation is due, including road traffic accidents, tripping or falling, food poisoning, an accident whilst on an excursion, a sporting injury (such as whilst jet skiing) or a food related illness. Depending on where the accident abroad occurred, the rules relating to compensation can be extremely complicated and that is why it is particularly important that you speak to one of Cardiff’s personal injury experts on your return.
There are a number of parties who may be liable for paying you compensation if you have suffered an injury in a foreign country; airlines, hotels, tour operators and local government agencies may all be liable.
Further, if you have suffered an accident abroad whilst on a packaged holiday you may be able to rely on the protection offered by The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. This legislation defines the obligations and responsibilities of package holiday tour operators and can be used to determine whether or not a particular package tour operator has not provided the required level of duty of care towards you.
The amount of compensation that you may be entitled to will depend on a number of factors including the severity suffered as a result of the accident abroad, the treatment required, the potential loss of earnings suffered and the amount of negligence that can be attributed to other concerned parties. The process will differ depending on these factors (as well as other factors including the country in which the accident occurred) and you should contact our lawyers in Cardiff for an initial assessment and a full explanation of the process for claiming compensation.