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Accidents and Holidays

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With the warmer weather and the school term to finish shortly, thoughts are turning to the Summer break.

And whilst no one ever wants to have an accident, when they happen on holiday, whether Summer Winter or any  other time, it seems doubly unfair.

Have an accident on holiday in the UK and nothing really changes whether you are on holiday or not, the same principles apply for your compensation claim, and therefore the same advice to contact your solicitor as soon as possible.

But what happens on those ‘foreign’ holidays?

What if you are in Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands etc and you have an accident at the Hotel?

Who are you going to sue then?

Believe it or not it depends on how you booked your holiday.

If you have booked your flight and hotel together in a one stop deal, it is likely that it will be easier to make your claim.

Under The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours  Regulations 1992 (crikey that a mouthful even for us lawyers)  you have rights to sue the organisers of your holiday if you suffer an accident.

If, for instance,  you had booked your holiday by contacting a Hotel direct and then using a website to book your flights separately,  then had an accident at the Hotel on holiday, or on a trip organised through the Hotel, you  would have to sue the hotel   direct with all the problems of a foreign Court and defendant.

Whilst it might be more expensive to book it as an all-in-one, the benefit is that if an accident happens, you can go direct to that booking agent for redress, as they are liable under the above Regulations, if of course it was their fault.

So temptations  to save money can cause problems with claims, and like anything else, you pay your money and take your choice.

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