Holiday Accident Claims

If you have been injured while on holiday, where someone else was wholly or partly at fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Suffering a holiday accident can have a distressing impact on you and your family. You may have a range of issues to contend with, including dealing with the pain of your physical injuries, paying for medical treatment and being unable to work. If your injuries were particularly severe, you may be dealing with them for the rest of your life.

If your holiday accident was someone else’s fault, then you may be owed compensation. This can be used to fund your recovery, pay for medical treatment and replace any lost income that has been caused by your injuries.

Get expert help to make a holiday accident claim

WSP Solicitors’ expert Personal Injury Claims team are highly experienced in pursuing holiday accident claims for a wide range of clients. We can help you find out if you may be owed compensation, then take decisive action to get you the money you are owed.

Your claim will be run by one of our qualified personal injury lawyers, Demelza PallantLisa Walton or John Davies. They each have over 10 years’ experience in the industry, so you are guaranteed to get someone working for you who is qualified and able to provide you with the very best legal advice.

We have a strong track record of success, regularly securing substantial holiday accident compensation for our clients. With accreditation from APIL – The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you can be assured we have the expertise to handle your claim effectively.

Take advantage of our no win no fee holiday accident claim funding

We offer no win, no fee funding for holiday accident claims, so there is no upfront cost or financial risk to you when pursuing a claim with WSP Solicitors.

Find out more about funding your personal injury claim.

Have a free initial consultation with our holiday accident solicitors

We know that the thought of taking legal action can be intimidating and confusing, especially when dealing with the consequences of an injury. That’s why we offer a free initial consultation with our team, so you can ask any questions you have and find out if you may be able to claim before deciding whether to take action.

Request a free initial consultation with our holiday accident lawyers using our simple enquiry form.

Looking for a quick answer to a holiday accident question?

Take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs or feel free to ask us what you want to know and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Confused by any terminology you’ve heard? Check out our guide to personal injury claims jargon for clear explanations of all the key terms.

Book your free consultation with our expert holiday accident solicitors

To book your free initial consultation with our holiday accident claims team, please contact your local WSP Solicitors office in Gloucester, Stroud or Dursley, or use our simple enquiry form and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Types of holiday accident claims we can assist with

Our expert holiday accident lawyers can advise on all types of holiday injury claims, including:

  • Holiday road traffic accident claims
  • Holiday motorcycle accidents
  • Holiday cycling accidents
  • Holiday brain and head accidents
  • Slip, trip and fall on holiday claims
  • Sporting holiday accidents
  • Holiday accidents at sea
  • Holiday accidents on an airplane
  • Holiday accidents in a hotel or resort
  • Fatal holiday accidents

To find out more about our specific expertise in the type of claim you need assistance with, please get in touch.

How accident on holiday claims work

Finding out if you are owed travel accident compensation

If you are involved in an accident while on holiday, you are not automatically entitled to claim compensation. It first needs to be proved that your accident was someone else’s fault.

Our holiday accident solicitors can work alongside you to investigate the circumstances of your accident during a free initial consultation, clarifying whether you are in a position to claim compensation. We will also explain everything you need to know so you can make a decision about taking your claim forward.

Gathering evidence to support your holiday accident claim

To be able to claim compensation for your travel accident, several pieces of evidence will need to be brought forward.

Types of evidence we will typically rely on include:

  • Your testimony about the accident
  • Testimony from other eyewitnesses
  • Examination by independent medical experts to confirm the nature and extent of your injuries
  • Medical records during hospital visits
  • CCTV footage and any other documentary evidence of the accident

Our holiday accident solicitors will ensure that all of the relevant evidence is carefully collected, with no stone left unturned. This will mean that, when it comes to bringing forward a claim, you have the best possible chances of reaching a positive outcome.

Working out how much holiday accident compensation you can claim

Understanding how much compensation is likely to be handed out is a priority for many of our clients. That’s why our team offer an estimate of the likely damages you can expect to receive during your initial consultation.

When your claim is underway, we will calculate a more precise valuation. This is known as ‘assessing quantum’ or ‘assessing quantum of damages’.

The damages for holiday accidents generally fall into two categories:

General damages – For non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, losing the ability to carry out normal activities (known as ‘loss of amenity’) and reduced quality of life.

Special damages – For specific financial losses, such as medical fees, rehabilitation costs, care fees, lost income and reduced future earning capacity.

For more information on what you can claim for a holiday accident, please take a look at our  personal injury claims FAQs.

Seeking an out-of-court settlement for your holiday accident claim

The vast majority of holiday accident claims our team take on are eventually settled without the need for court proceedings. This means that we can get compensation much faster and with lower legal costs for our clients, while still ensuring we get the maximum available compensation to meet our client’s needs.

Avoiding court proceedings also makes the claims process less stressful for claimants, removing the uncertainty of a court, where claims have the potential to go either way.

Taking a holiday accident claim to court

In the unlikely event that we cannot reach a settlement for your holiday accident claim, it may be necessary to take the claim to court to get you fair compensation.

If we do proceed to court, then we will work alongside you to build an effective case, using all of the evidence to provide robust legal representation. We will also make sure to provide you with close personal support to ensure that you fully understand every stage of the court process.

Common questions about holiday accident claims

Is there a time limit for holiday accident claims?

Yes, you will usually have three years from the date of your injury to bring forward a claim for compensation. However, there are certain exceptions to this which could mean that you have longer, including where:

  • You realise you were injured and/or someone else was to blame at a later date
  • You were under 18 when your holiday accident occurred
  • You need to claim on behalf of someone who does not have the mental capacity to do so themselves (for example, if they suffered a brain or head injury)
  • You are claiming on behalf of someone who died in a fatal holiday accident

The time limits for making a holiday abroad claim may vary if the claim has to be pursued in the country where the accident occurred.

For a more in-depth explanation of personal injury claim time limits and the various exceptions, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

Can I claim compensation for a holiday accident that was partly my fault?

So long as someone else was at least partly to blame for your holiday accident, you will still be able to make a claim.

How much compensation you are likely to receive will depend on what percentage of the responsibility for your holiday accident you and any other parties are deemed to have. To illustrate, if you and another party are deemed to be equally responsible for your accident, you will be entitled to receive half of what you would normally be able to claim if the other party was wholly responsible.

For a more in-depth explanation of claiming compensation where you were partially at fault, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

Can I claim compensation for an accident on a holiday abroad?

This will depend on the circumstances – if the holiday was arranged by a UK-based travel company, then you will normally be able to make a claim in the UK. Otherwise, you may have to look at your options for making an accident claim abroad in the country where the accident occurred.

Our team will be happy to advise on whether you will be able to claim compensation for an accident on a holiday abroad and your options for doing so.

How long does a holiday accident claim take?

The time it takes for a claim to be settled will depend on the circumstances but, if a claim can be settled out of court, the process will usually be much faster. Typically, holiday accidents take anywhere from a few months to upwards of two years to resolve, but we will always explore options that will help you access compensation as swiftly as possible.

If you are in immediate need of funds to help cover your medical bills or replace lost income, we may be able to secure interim payments while your claim is ongoing. This is something you can discuss with our team during your initial consultation.

Can I claim compensation for someone who died in a fatal holiday accident?

Yes, if someone you were dependent on died in a holiday accident, you may be able to make a claim on their behalf. You will usually have three years from the date of death to do so.

Fatal holiday accident compensation can cover costs such as:

  • Funeral costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of the deceased’s income
  • Loss of financial benefits (such as pension income)
  • Loss of non-financial benefits (e.g. if the deceased was your carer)

Find out more about making a fatal accident claim.

Will claiming holiday accident compensation affect my means-tested benefits?

There is a chance that receiving compensation for a holiday accident will affect your right to means-tested benefits. However, it is possible to avoid this by placing any awarded compensation into a Personal Injury Trust. This will effectively ring-fence the funds, which means they will not be counted for means-testing.

Setting up a Personal Injury Trust is something our expert trust lawyers can assist with.

Didn’t find the answer you were looking for?

Take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs or feel free to ask us what you want to know and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Book your free consultation with our expert holiday accident solicitors

To book your free initial consultation with our holiday accident claims team, please contact your local WSP Solicitors office in Gloucester, Stroud or Dursley, or use our simple enquiry form and we’ll get back to you promptly.


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