Being on your holidays, the last thing you expect to happen is an accident. Although, just because you are in another country doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to make a public injury claim for compensation. 

You have just as much chance of experiencing an accident while you are on your holiday as you are at work, at home or in public spaces. 

An accident while being on holiday could really ruin your trip unfortunately. However, it is important to know what to do when dealing with such a situation. 

To make the best out of a bad situation, be sure to get in contact with a personal injury solicitor. They will be able to help you make a claim and receive compensation for the accident you have suffered.

Although compensation may not undo the accident, the financial help could make a significant difference when it comes to medical costs and impacts on living. 

If you have been involved in a holiday accident, make sure you talk to a member of the team at Valerie Kearins Solicitors. Our legal experts will help you try and get the best result from your unfortunate situation.

What is a holiday accident claim?

A holiday accident claim is when you look to receive compensation following a personal injury or damages experienced while on holiday. 

There are a lot of things that could result in a holiday accident claim such as slips, transport accidents or other injuries that were not your fault. 

To make a holiday accident claim, make sure that you get in contact with the right legal professional. This means that whether you sustained the damages in Ireland or abroad, you can still make a claim.

Can you make a personal injury claim in another country from Ireland?

If you are abroad when the accident occurs, you still have the right to make a claim from Ireland. You can make a claim for compensation as long as the damages were not your own fault. 

The claims process may vary slightly depending on the country in which the accident occurred. However, your solicitor will know what steps to take and what changes to make in these circumstances.

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At Valerie Kearins Personal Injury Solicitors, our friendly and experienced team have extensive knowledge of legal cases involving personal injury claims.

Common holiday accident claims

Holiday accident claims can come from a series of different situations. Majority of the time, these accidents are very unpredictable. 

Some examples of common holiday accident claims are:

  • Slip, trip and fall claims
  • Public transport injury claim
  • Faulty equipment claim
  • Food poisoning claim
  • Hotel injury claim
  • Theme park injury claim

Slip, trip and fall claims

Slip, trip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, including when you are on holidays. 

When you are on holidays, you may experience these kinds of injuries at the pool, on inadequate footpaths or in the hotel. These are just some of the places in which you might experience a slip, trip or fall. 

An injury such as this could lead to fractures, broken bones or muscle issues. 

Public transport injury claim

While using public transport on your holiday, it is possible for an accident to occur. 

The mode of public transport you are using could be involved in a collision. Even other forms of public transport negligence could lead to a personal injury. 

In this instance, ensure you get in contact with a solicitor to discuss your claim.

Faulty equipment claim

The use of fault equipment is something that could lead to serious injury for someone on their holiday. 

Some places where you may unfortunately encounter faulty equipment include the gym, hotel or while doing an activity (jet skiing, surfing, etc.).

Food poisoning claim

Food poisoning can be a significant and difficult thing to deal with at any time. However, if you get food poisoning while on holidays, it could wreak havoc on your trip. 

If the food you received in a restaurant or hotel gives you food poisoning, you have the right to make a claim.

Hotel injury claim

If you have experienced an injury within the hotel that was not your fault, you have the right to make a claim. 

An accident could occur due to a variety of reasons, including faulting furniture in the hotel room.

Theme park injury claim

Fault equipment or negligence in regard to safety procedures in a theme park could lead to significant damages. If you feel you have been the victim of this, make sure that you get in contact with a personal injury solicitor today.

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If you feel you have been the victim of personal injury and you are considering filing a claim for compensation, feel free to get in touch with Valerie Kearins Solicitors for an assessment of your case.

Compensation for holiday accident claims

The compensation that you receive for your holiday accident claim will vary on a number of different aspects. To get a better idea of how much you might receive in your compensation, be sure to talk to your solicitor. 

Compensation for holiday accident claims are divided into two categories, general and specific damages. 

General damages take the overall situation and suffering into consideration for your financial compensation. Factors included in general damages are: 

  • Loss of amenity 
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Changes in quality of life

Specific damages will consider the expenses you now have to face as a result of someone else’s negligence. Some examples of specific damages are: 

  • Medical bills 
  • Flights and travel expenses 
  • Future care costs
  • Accommodation costs 
  • Loss of income 
  • Future loss of income 

How to make a claim for personal injury

The first step that you need to do to make your claim is going to be to get in touch. As soon as you reach out to a legal professional, the process of making your claim can begin. 

You can call 071 91 49799 or email to get this process started

When you get in touch with one of our team, try to provide as many details of the incident that you can. This will help us have a better understanding of what we need to do to help you achieve your compensation. 

Once you get in contact, this will also help to provide you with more clarity regarding your case. 

The next step will mostly be done by your solicitor. They will look at your case and decipher what evidence is most helpful. 

In regards to a holiday accident claim, they will likely use forms of evidence such as medical records, witness reports and other documentation that could be beneficial to the case. 

They may also recommend a second medical opinion or further tests regarding your personal injury.

In the third step, your solicitor is going to formally submit your claim. This will involve them composing a letter of claim and sending it to the guilty party.  

The country in which the accident took place may have some additional steps regarding your claim. However, your solicitor will ensure that all necessary steps are taken. 

The letter of submission will outline where you feel the negligence occurred, the damages that came as a result of that negligence and the compensation you are seeking. 

The defendant will then either accept or reject the holiday accident claim. 

In the case where they accept the claim, there will be no further steps. The process of providing you with your compensation can commence. 

If the defendant was to reject the claim, then it is likely that court proceedings will begin. 

It is unlikely that your  holiday accident claim is going to result in court proceedings. However, if it does, your solicitor will be prepared to advance to this stage. 

Part of your solicitors preparation may include sourcing more evidence, as well as coming up with a strategy to use in court. 

In the event where you and your solicitor are successful, then the process of providing you with your compensation can commence.

Evidence to support a claim for personal injury

For your holiday injury claim, it is best to have as much evidence to support your case as possible. Depending on your personal situation, your solicitor may recommend getting certain forms of evidence.

  • Names and details of all involved in the accident
  • Names and details of any witnesses
  • Medical record of injuries suffered due to the accident
  • Detailed summary of the accident
  • The dates and times of any subsequent medical visits
  • Images of injuries and the location of the accident
  • Police report
  • CCTV footage

It may be hard to gather this evidence when claiming from Ireland for an accident that occurred in a different country. However, it is still worthwhile to attain as much information as you can.

Make a holiday accident claim today

No one should ever have their holiday ruined due to another person’s negligence. This is why you should always make a claim if you have been the victim of a holiday accident. 

Our team at Valerie Kearins Solicitors is here to help you in whatever way possible. By getting compensation, it could help to improve a bad situation. 

Talk to one our staff today by calling 071 91 49799 or emailing Once you do this, the process of starting your claim can begin.

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