Whether you’re taking the trip of a lifetime, cruising in luxury and sight-seeing around Norwegian fjords and mountain ranges, or whether you’re simply taking a well-earned weekend break in a secluded log cabin with nothing but a crackling log fire and a good book for company, the last thing you need on your trip is to be injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault. After all, travel is the one thing that unites us all – we all love to get away and experience new things, so any non-fault accident that results in our vacation time being cut short with a hospital trip, along with all the considerations over medical concerns, rehabilitation, and lost earnings, should always be dealt with to the letter of the law. See personalinjury.com for more details. For now, here’s what you need to know.
Speak to a solicitor as early as possible
Does your travel insurance cover your medical expenses in full? Does the way in which you booked your trip mean that any medical care and special considerations over your safe repatriation will be funded? How about finding out who was responsible for your injury abroad so as to bring a claim for personal injury compensation against them? This last point in particular could be tricky if your injury occurred in a public place (meaning correspondence with the relevant authorities) or on a private property involving a landlord or business owner that does not speak your language and is potentially elusive. A personal injury compensation solicitor can provide you with information on taking care of all of these things if you find yourself in the position of being injured while travelling abroad.
Further unforeseen complications
Difficulties in establishing liability can arise on foreign soil where the procedure for dealing with personal injury compensation claims may be different to the procedures we are used to. For example, business owners and public authorities may try to deflect blame for your injury where the lines blur between potential liability and there is no legal statute in place to help decide such grey areas. Also, where you bring a claim for personal injury compensation while travelling, there is very little chance of your case being heard and processed in your own country – the case will likely be handled in the country where the accident took place (this presents language barriers and a need to understand foreign laws). That is why speaking to a solicitor who has experience in travel injury claims is essential.