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Making A Claim Abroad: What You Need To Know

Making A Claim Abroad What You Need To Know

Holidays should be a time to relax, whether it’s on the beach, by the poolor seeing the sights, but being in an accident abroad can bring the holiday bliss to a sudden halt. Being involved in an accident and sustaining an injury can be overwhelming at the best of times, but finding yourself injured in a foreign country can be at best tricky, and at worst frightening. 

Most accidents abroad cases consist of food poisoning, road accidentsand poolside mishaps. Although many of these accidents aren’t too severe, it’s important to know what action to take if you are injured abroad. 

Here we address the important things to remember if you are involved in an accident abroad.  

1- How long do I have to make a claim?  

In most cases, you will have to make a claim within a timeframe determined by the foreign country’s laws. This may be weeks, months or years, so make sure you read up right away to know how long you will have.  
 

2- Will my travel insurance cover it?  

Usually yes, if your injury is detailed within your travel insurance policy, so remember to get covered before you travel.  
 

3- Do I need specialist advice?

Yes, each country has its own laws and rules, and as such it’s best to have an expert legal professional on your side to help you understand what needs to be done. 
 

4- Should I keep my medical records?  

Yes, if you’ve been admitted to hospital, it’s important that you keep or make copies of all your records. We also recommend getting a hold of the details of staff or anyone who could possibly be a witness. 
 

5- Should I take pictures? 

Yes, especially if you’ve been injured due to an accident on the road or in a hotel. Take pictures of as much as you can to ensure you have all your bases covered should you need proof.  

 

Although it might seem like the perfect spot to let your guard down, being on holiday is precisely where you need to stay aware, drive safely, ensure proper health and safety measures are in place. This is especially true when you are staying, eating and spending time somewhere new so as to best avoid any accidents or injuries.  

 

If you do find yourself injured due to an accident abroad, you may be due compensation. Get in touch with one of our friendly specialist travel lawyers today on 0800 163 978 to see what we can do for you. 

 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.  

Understanding Whiplash 

 

Understanding Whiplash, What is Whiplash

Understanding Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in those who have been involved in road accidents. Although it may not be debilitating to the point of being unable to work, whiplash can be extremely painful and can introduce neck and shoulder pain or even headaches that could stay with you for life.  

 

What is whiplash?  

Whiplash occurs usually when you are in a vehicle which has been hit from the rear, the head is thrown forward with the momentum of the collision but the seatbelt stops the body from moving more than an inch or so, meaning that the neck and head extend forward in a jerked motion.  

Although this is more common if your car has been hit from behind, it can also occur in the rear car or can occur due to a sports accident, fall or physical abuse.  

The resulting injury varies in severity depending on the speed of the collision, but often manifests in at least a very sore neck, and at most severe pain in the neck and shoulders, debilitating headaches and nausea.  

 

How long will it take to recover?  

For most people, it will take about two to three months to make a full recovery, however, there are some cases that will take longer to heal properly due to the severity of the accident. In rare cases, people experience chronic pain after a whiplash incident.  

 

Whiplash and the Law 

Whiplash is a very common injury, but many are unaware of what the law says about whiplash. Like all injures, you must have proof that an independent medical practitioner has assessed you and given you a diagnosis if you are to make a claim. Although whiplash injuries vary in severity, we understand that no injury is just a nuisance. If you suffered whiplash in an injury that wasn’t your fault, you could be due compensation.  

 

What can I do?  

If you’ve been in an accident and you feel you may have whiplash, contact your GP immediately to start medication and exercise to put you back to rights.  

 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors