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Holiday and travel claims

Holidays are the highlight of the year for many people, but what happens if something goes wrong? What should you do to protect you and your family when the worst happens overseas?

If you have suffered illness or injury when away from home our personal injury lawyers and solicitors can help you with your holiday accident compensation claim, whether this has happened while abroad on holiday, travelling for business or other purposes.

"I contacted Leigh Day following an accident I had on holiday. Thank you, I really do appreciate the excellent service that I have received and am incredibly pleased with the outcome!"
- Becky, via Trustpilot

All legal systems are different. Making a claim for an injury which wasn’t your fault, and which happened in another country means you need an expert at dealing on behalf of UK citizens with the law in other countries.

Leigh Day has a specialist team of travel lawyers who only take on these types of cases. They act for holidaymakers and business travellers who have found themselves injured, through no fault of their own, while they have been travelling or staying in another country and need to make a legal claim for compensation.

Our experienced travel claims solicitors and lawyers can help you with your case and have successfully claimed compensation for holiday accidents in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Israel, Nepal, Malaysia and elsewhere in the world.

Our lawyers represent people with minor injuries such as simple fractures, to people with serious spinal injuries or brain injuries and fatal cases. Our personal injury claims lawyers have also successfully claimed compensation for holiday-makers who have contracted food poisoning whilst on holiday or while travelling on business, and for clients who have contracted Legionnaires' disease.

The team deals with a range of cases, including road traffic collisions when abroad, injuries at hotels or on cruise ships, and sporting injuries that occur during the winter and summer holiday seasons. 

Lawyers acting in our travel claims team includes members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association and Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers. The team has close ties with specialist law firms in Australia, Europe and the US.

To ensure you get the most out of your holiday, we’ve identified some of the most common travel pitfalls below. We have also created The Leigh Day guide for safer travel.

Inadequate travel insurance

Ensure your policy covers you for the destination you’re visiting and the excursions and activities you plan to undertake to avoid potential fees if things go wrong.

Not obtaining an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

If you’re visiting an EU country, it’s important you obtain a EHIC in advance. This entitles you to state healthcare at a reduced cost, or sometimes free, but it not an alternative to travel insurance.

Failing to inform your bank you’re on holiday

Some banks will block any payments being made abroad if this is deemed as “unusual activity on your account”. Make sure you contact them in advance so you can use your credit/debit cards without any issues.

Lack of research

If you’re planning an adventure in an overseas country, it’s vital you spend time researching the local laws and any activities you’re planning. This will help you feel informed and can help keep you safe.

Please contact us on 0800 6895854 or 0161 393 3551 for free, no obligation advice, or email travelclaims@leighday.co.uk.

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