Every year, millions of Britons pack their bags and set off to enjoy a holiday abroad, believing that their trip will be successful, fun and relaxing. Unfortunately, research conducted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) suggests that many of these happy-go-lucky tourists could in fact have their journeys ruined as a result of suffering personal injury abroad.
In the year leading up to the end of March 2012, an average of 70 Britons a week were admitted to foreign hospital departments.
Furthermore, the majority of these people were harmed during incidents such as vehicle collisions, falls from height, or pedestrian accidents.
Although many of these unfortunate holidaymakers probably sustained their injuries during non-fault incidents, the FCO revealed that more than 30% of admissions were to Spanish hospitals – with half of these taking place in Majorca or Ibiza.
Consequently, as those destinations are synonymous with parties and a vibrant nightlife, it has been theorised that drink or drugs were a contributing factor in many foreign hospital admissions.
Sadly, if an individual suffered an accident while abroad, he or she may lessen their scope to claim compensation for their injuries if they were under the influence of alcohol or illicit substances at the time.
However, those who have suffered harm while overseas may be entitled to receive damages through a holiday accident compensation claim – providing the incident was not their fault, even if they were intoxicated at the time.
Making a holiday accident claim with Seth Lovis & Co
At Seth Lovis & Co, our experienced holiday accident solicitors realise that sustaining personal injury while abroad can have serious consequences.
However, if you were injured as a result of another person's negligence, you may be able to claim compensation, whether your injury is attributable to a slip, trip or fall, a road accident, food poisoning, or a fall from height.
If you suffered personal injury during a holiday accident which was not your fault, please call Seth Lovis & Co on 0370 218 4025 to find out if you are entitled to make a claim against your tour operator and receive compensation. Alternatively, please complete an online enquiry form and a member of our accident abroad team will contact you to discuss your circumstances.