It is a situation nobody wants to find themselves in – a dream holiday ruined because of an accident. With over 70 million trips overseas by UK citizens in 2017, accidents abroad can and do happen.
Accidents on holiday come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the most common types of accidents holidaymakers are involved in include:
- Slips and trips in hotels and around swimming pools
- Road traffic collisions
- Food poisoning
If you have sustained an injury or illness that wasn’t your fault whilst on holiday, you may be able to claim compensation. Whether you are hurt on a package holiday or on a trip abroad where you’ve arranged everything yourself, you could have grounds to claim against the party you believe is liable for ruining your holiday.
The prospect of making a claim for an incident which happened abroad can be overwhelming. However, it is important you do so to be reimbursed for the holiday which didn’t go to plan and to secure vital funding to support you through any recovery period from your injuries.
Our personal injury solicitors are experienced in dealing with complex holiday accident claims and can advise if your case can be dealt with in Scotland.
Accidents on Holiday - Frequently Asked Questions
If you have been in an accident whilst on holiday, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
We will act for you on a “No Win, No Fee” basis meaning that we will never ask you to pay a fee to us for our service. Even if your case is unsuccessful we would not look for you to pay the defender’s costs – we would meet these for you.
In the event of us succeeding in your case you will receive at least 80% of the total settlement figure agreed. We deduct a success fee of no more than 25% including VAT and outlays. We also recover a fee from the “at fault” party allowing us to pass on as much of the compensation to you as possible. Some firms may deduct up to 30% (plus VAT) from your damages but we want to ensure our clients receive the maximum amount of their compensation in their hand.
Scots law allows a period of 3 years in which to bring a claim for compensation against the person or organisation you consider to be at fault for causing your accident but the sooner you begin your claim the sooner you will know if your case is going to be successful and the sooner we can obtain a settlement for you. In the case of a child (under 16) being involved in an accident, they have until the eve of their 19th birthday (i.e. 3 years for their 16th birthday) in order to pursue a claim.