Whether you decided to holiday in Britain, on the continent, to take a cruise, or to visit a more exotic destination such as New Zealand, if you have sustained injury as a result of the negligence of a tour operator or other party, it may be possible to claim compensation for lost earnings, medical expenses, and loss of enjoyment.
Call the personal injury solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co for further information on 0370 218 4025.
Holiday injuries in New Zealand
More than 2.5 million people visit New Zealand each year. As you would expect, the country has a vast tourist industry to facilitate this – it provides employment for almost 10% of the country's population.
There is so much to do and see in New Zealand and although the country is famed for its natural beauty, it is perhaps best known for catering to those who want a holiday with a bit of excitement and adventure.
However, New Zealand's adventure tourism industry has come under criticism in recent years, with some accusing the sector of operating without adequate safety controls.
Although companies providing activities for thrill-seekers, including excursions such as skydiving, bungee jumping, and white water rafting, usually implement suitable measures to prevent tourists from suffering an accident on holiday, any breach of health and safety legalisation could have serious – and even fatal – consequences.
If you have sustained personal injury while participating in an adventure holiday in New Zealand or elsewhere abroad, and the holiday was booked as part of a package deal from a UK company, you may be entitled to claim compensation through the Package Travel, Package Holiday and Package Tour Regulation 1992.
Our experienced solicitors can advise you if you are able to claim for your injuries.
After carrying out an investigation into the country's adventure tourism operators, New Zealand's North & South magazine reported that, over a period of five years, 450 individuals had sustained serious personal injury, while 29 had died during accidents.
Holiday provider negligence is sometimes to blame. For example, in 2009, an 18-year-old individual died during a bridge swing activity, which a coroner blamed on a number of failures, including inadequately trained employees and poor safety checks.
Furthermore, in 2008, a tourist drowned during a river-boarding activity. It was reported that the organiser had failed to implement adequate safety measures and not brought rescue ropes – something which could have potentially saved the woman's life.
In 2009, following a number of fatal accidents in the adventure tourism and outdoor commercial industries, New Zealand's Department of Labour was instructed to review safety practices within these sectors – and, in 2010, highlighted a number of areas which could be improved in order to prevent individuals from suffering personal injury.
Although it is hoped that these measures have helped make New Zealand's adventure tourism sector safer, it is clear that there remains room for improvement.
Claiming for an accident on holiday with Seth Lovis & Co
Seth Lovis & Co's specialist solicitors have helped numerous tourists claim compensation for an accident on holiday – and could benefit you as well.
To find out if you are entitled to receive damages through a holiday injury claim, please call us today on 0370 218 4025 or submit an online enquiry.