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If you’re going on vacation, you’re in for a lot of thrilling experiences. One that you would not think of, however, is related to personal injuries. Because, yes, while you may not want to think about it, it is possible to inadvertently injure yourself while having fun in a foreign place. Your odds of experiencing this may be larger or smaller depending on your entertainment or location of choice, and there is no way to protect yourself from it automatically.
There are several ways in which you might be hurt while on vacation. You may trip and fall at your hotel, fall over the railing of your tour boat, or injure yourself while on a ride at a fun amusement park. While a lack of sleep, drunkenness, or unfamiliarity with the area may have played a part, so may dangerous and overcrowded circumstances, as well as issues posed by food, water, insects, and other environmental variables.
Whatever the circumstances, one important concern arises: Can you take any legal actions for holiday injuries? Well, you might, but there are lots of variables you need to take into account, such as the type of injury you have suffered, who was at fault for the injury, and more.
Below, we will be exploring all this information, as well as when it is right to file for compensation for an injury sustained while on vacation. Keep reading to find out more!
Common accidents and injuries that can happen while on holiday
Truth be told, injuries and accidents can happen at any time, on vacation or not. However, when they happen far away from home, they may be a bit more difficult to manage. However, in some instances, you may be entitled to compensation in the same way a worker is entitled to compensation for a broken wrist injury that happened at work.
Pro Tip: If you’re an avid traveler, we recommend adding a travel-friendly medical kit to your packing list in case of an emergency.
Here are the most common accidents that can happen while on holiday abroad:
Trip or slip incidents
Unfamiliar settings, slick poolside surfaces, and maybe a few alcoholic beverages all enhance the possibilities of a disastrous fall while you’re vacationing. To avoid this, always be cautious with your activities. Try not to allow even the most breath-taking landscape to distract you from the route ahead, and don’t walk while filming or snapping photographs on your phone. In many hotel mishaps, uneven carpets poorly kept floors, or damp surfaces are to blame.
Sunburn and heatstroke
Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause some serious problems. When it comes to sun cream, you should take into account both the sun protection factor (SPF) and the star rating. The SPF, which varies from two to fifty, refers to the amount of protection against ultraviolet B radiation.
Avoid direct sunlight between 12 and 3 at noon, when the sun is at its most intense. If you experience sunburns or a heatstroke, look for shaded areas where you can cool off and consider a lukewarm shower to reduce skin heat. Apply calamine lotion and take a painkiller.
Accidents on the road
Driving accidents can happen regardless of where you are, and you can be involved either as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian. If you are driving, keep distractions at a minimum and your eyes on the road, especially if you don’t know the area. If you are a pedestrian, be mindful of other road participants and don’t cross the street without looking around.
Food poisoning can be caused by ingesting ingredients your digestive system is not used to or even drinking unfamiliar tap water. Bacteria is known to develop faster in warmer climates, so be mindful of the chicken and seafood you are eating. In some cases, even fruits and vegetables can lead to food poisoning if they are not properly washed.
If you are going through an episode of food poisoning, make sure you keep yourself hydrated, as nausea can cause dehydration. Stick to bland foods, including toast, rice, or bananas, and avoid caffeine, alcohol, and fatty foods. Severs symptoms that don’t start to go away in a few hours to a day may require medical help.
Sports and physical activities
Activities such as hiking, scuba diving, swimming, and so on can leave you exposed to accidents. Make sure you do all of these under supervision if you are inexperienced and don’t push yourself too much. Safety always comes first!
What should I do if I am injured while on vacation?
Regardless of who was at fault for the injury, the first thing you need to do is assess the situation and decide if you need medical help immediately. You have plenty of time to search for the culprits, but some injuries can get worse without immediate medical care.
In an accident in which you were the victim of negligence or mishap, the steps you need to follow are:
- Notify the person in charge immediately: if the accident happened on a hotel, restaurant, or any other facility’s premises and may have been the result of negligence, such as exposed wires, trip and fall hazards, or wet floors, you need to notify the person in charge, file a report, and keep a copy of it.
- Get medical help: this will help ensure that you are ok and will result in a document that attests to your injuries, which you will need if you want to file a complaint.
- Gather evidence: take photos or videos of the scene and get information from any witnesses. If you are unable to do this, ask someone that is with you to do so. You will need this evidence to build your case.
Can I file for compensation for my vacation injuries?
As a rule of thumb, anyone sustaining injuries through no fault of their own can be entitled to compensation, including for injuries happening while on holiday. Compensation can help cover medical costs, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, property damage, lost wages, or permanent disability.
The best approach here is to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They can guide you through the process while you are far away from home, ensuring you do all you can to preserve the evidence and follow the procedure.