What should I do if I have an accident on holiday?

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Our top tips for what to do if you have an accident on holiday

If you are unlucky enough to have an accident on holiday, the last thing on your mind is going to be pursuing a personal injury claim. When we’re enjoying ourselves and relaxing with family and friends, no-one expects to be having an accident. But unfortunately, accidents do happen.

It is much harder to pursue an injury claim for an accident that happened on holiday once you have returned home. Mainly because you cannot easily return to the location of the accident. Whilst you might not immediately be thinking about making a claim, there are a few simple things that can be done at the time, which will leave you with the option to claim at a later date. The reality is that you never know how long your injuries will last, nor whether they will ever be fully resolved.


The Personal Injury team at WSP Solicitors have prepared a handy checklist of things to keep in the back of your mind, just in case you are unfortunate enough to suffer an accident when away from home.

1. Seek medical help. First and most importantly if you have an accident on holiday or anywhere at all, we always advise that you seek medical help. The person treating your injury will make a record, which can then be obtained when it comes to investigating a claim.

2. Report it. Ensure to report your accident to the appropriate authority. Depending on the situation this may be the police, local council or the owner of the establishment.

3. Take photos. Both of your injuries, and the scene of the accident. Photographs are vital pieces of evidence that would be required for any injury solicitor to take on your case. Ensure that photos contain things that help to pinpoint the exact location of the accident, for example, road signs, shops or lampposts. In cases of potholes ensure to take photos that help to show the size and depth by including an item such as a coin for reference. Read our guide to making a claim following an accident involving a pothole.

4. Witnesses. Where possible try to get the names and contact details of anyone who saw the accident happen.

5. Location. Make note of the exact location of your injury, being as specific as possible.

6. Insurance. If possible try to get the details of the public liability insurers.

Making a claim

Once you have returned home if you decide to investigate the possibility of pursuing a claim, speak to a Personal Injury Specialist. At WSP Solicitors we have a team of dedicated experts who are on hand to help. We are experienced in handling all issues which arise in personal injury claims, no matter how complex. We will work hard to get you the justice and the compensation you deserve.

There is no charge to you for the initial discussion. We offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ service; if you don’t win, you don’t pay anything.

If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault contact our friendly team today on 01453 847200 or use the button below.

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