It’s holiday season, a time that we are often more relaxed, less vigilant and sometimes feeling a little more adventurous than usual, as we try to make the most of the time away from our usual routine.
Such a relaxed attitude can sometimes lead to accidents. Here are 8 Top Tips to help you to try and avoid holiday drama’s!
- Make sure that you have adequate Travel Insurance cover – some sports and adventure activities require additional and more expensive insurance cover. Also, if you intend taking part in any sports or adventure activity where you are at risk of injury on holiday ensure that you wear the correct safety equipment and have proper instruction.
- If you are holidaying in an EU country apply for a European Health Insurance (EHIC) card which will assist in covering any emergency medical costs. They are easily obtainable via the internet or from the Post Office.
- Check the depth and cleanliness of the water when using the swimming pool. If you swim in the sea, a river or a lake obey any warning signs. Do not swim after drinking alcohol.
- If a restaurant or café doesn’t look clean it probably isn’t. Holiday illness caused by food poisoning can ruin the rest of your holiday. Make sure that you report any issues at the time and try to find out whether anyone else has been affected.
- Drink only bottled water to make sure that you aren’t at risk of suffering a holiday illness such as sickness and diarrhoea.
- To avoid a holiday illness make sure that you have the immunisations or booster shots and any medication, such as malaria tablets, required for the part of the world you are visiting.
- If you intend to drive abroad make sure you understand the road signs and that you remember to drive on the correct side of the road! If you are unfortunate to be involved in a road traffic accident abroad, make sure that you record names of the parties involved, vehicle registration numbers and insurance details. Call the Police to let them investigate liability and try to obtain any paperwork from them including Police report if possible.
- If you are hiring a vehicle check it carefully and make sure that you have adequate insurance cover.
There are certain things that are beyond our control and if you suffer an injury on holiday or have a holiday illness contact a solicitor on your return to help you investigate a possible claim. We have a dedicated team who can offer straightforward and clear advice and assistance. Our approach is to work closely with the injured person to get maximum compensation and help recover from injuries sustained.