Getting hurt or becoming ill is upsetting no matter where you may be. However, it can become much more frightening and confusing if you have an accident or get sick whilst on holiday or on an employer-sponsored trip. Often, when people experience situations like this, they do not believe that they have any recourse. After all, they are in a foreign country with different laws, and there may be language barrier issues as well. Fortunately, this is not the case. You definitely have rights, and laying claim to them is made much easier if you have a general understanding of several issues: how to claim, compensation amounts, what injuries are claim-worthy, questions often asked, and professions at risk. Finally, hearing testimonials about individuals who have gone through this process can often provide both education and support during what is undeniably a difficult time.
You are eligible to make a claim if your accident happened when you were a member of a holiday package tour group, if you had a traffic accident overseas, if you fell or were otherwise injured in a hotel, or even if you experienced food poisoning whilst abroad. Many victims have a number of questions during the beginning stages of making a claim, especially pertaining to the types of injuries that are covered. They frequently wonder if they have a valid case if, for instance, they fell while skiing or if they were a passenger in a car that got into an accident. For those working abroad, the enquiry often comes up as to what professions are the most at risk for accidents. Loggers, commercial fishermen, and pilots are believed to have some of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Regardless of what brought you into the situation, however, the fact remains that you have been injured and you deserve to be compensated.
Applebys Solicitors will do everything they can to make your claims process easy. It is important to go into the claims process with a realistic idea of compensation amounts. As you might imagine, the total figure you could win for your accident depends on the severity of the injury, the amount and cost of the medical treatment you received and may still be getting, and the long term prognosis, i.e. will the harm you sustained whilst abroad do lasting or permanent damage and/or affect your ability to function or work?