Can you claim compensation for an injury suffered on holiday?

If you’ve had an injury abroad whilst on holiday, you may not know that you can still make a claim. And not only that, you probably don’t even need to use overseas lawyers – your claim can often be resolved here in Wales.

If you’ve gone away on a package holiday, it’s most likely that it will be covered under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. And whilst holidays usually go smoothly, there are also occasions when they don’t.

Whilst, as a holiday maker, you should take reasonable care, there are many circumstances beyond your control that could lead to injury. Poorly maintained equipment in hotels or on tours and activities can lead to all kinds of incidents. As can dangerous areas around swimming pools and play areas, where unsafe paving can cause people to trip. Food poisoning is also a distressing experience some people experience. Poor food hygiene and a lack of suitable refrigeration can make this all too common a problem in hot climates.

If injuries do occur, be sure to receive medical attention, report the incident to the holiday company, hotel or airline, and take photographs of anything that can show what happened.