Michael Dale, accident abroad lawyer at Thompsons, takes a look at the best ways to stay safe during a break abroad and what to do should the worst happen
With many people jetting abroad to spend the holiday season on a snowy mountain range or on a beach on in the sun, accident abroad lawyer Michael Dale outlines the best ways to avoid injury while on holiday and what to do should the worst happen.
Ski and snowboard breaks
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), approximately 40 million people every year visit winter resorts worldwide to take part in snowboarding, skiing and various other adrenaline-fuelled sports.
The nature of these trips means that accidents are more common and some of them are even life-changing. However, there are certain measures that can and should be taken to ensure that accidents don’t happen. Unless you are experienced on the slopes, it is best to book lessons with an expert before the trip so that you know you have someone to talk you through what to expect and understand the basic health and safety rules. While you’re abroad it’s important to make sure you’re clothing is appropriate – wearing a helmet, for example, can protect against a serious head or brain injury.
Winter breaks don’t always have to be snow-related and many go to warmer climes for time away. Regardless of this, it’s still important to plan ahead to help avoid issues.
Slips, trips and falls around swimming pools can cause a nasty injury, so limit the risk of this happening by familiarising yourself with the layout of the pool, using steps to enter and exit where possible and wearing appropriate footwear.
Tasting new dishes and unfamiliar ingredients may naturally upset the gut but if you eat food that hasn’t been washed or cooked properly, you could see yourself suffering with a horrible stomach illness such as food poisoning caused by bacteria like E Coli. To avoid the risk of this happening you can either prepare or cook the food yourself or, if you’re dining out, the staff at your accommodation should be able to recommend the best places to experience the local cuisine without the worry of eating contaminated food.
Making a claim
If you are unfortunate enough to fall victim to injury or illness while abroad, it’s vital that you report the incident to your travel representative as soon as possible. Recording all information, such as names and addresses of witnesses, time and location of your accident and taking photographs of where you had your accident could add more weight to your case.
If you have suffered an illness or injury abroad in the last three years, UK law states that you can begin a claim a claim for compensation. For more information contact our friendly expert accident abroad team on 0800 0 224 224 from your landline or 0330 123 123 0 from your mobile.
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