Adventure holidays – what to do in the event on an accidentMay 5th, 2016
Alpine skiing, ranch riding, jungle hiking, white water rafting, mountain climbing, safari, sailing…there are so many holiday options today for adrenaline junkies and those of us who crave a little bit of adventure on our annual leave.
Whizzing down a mountain or braving the rapids obviously involves a higher level of risk than the average beach holiday, but by booking through a reputable travel agent who specialises in adventure activities, plus investing in tailor made travel insurance, you can make sure that your ‘trip of a lifetime’ doesn’t turn into a nightmare.
Many insurance companies now tailor for adventure holidays – but make sure you are explicitly clear about the activities you plan to take part in to ensure that they will cover you in the event of an accident. Many companies specialise in certain activities so take the time to research which company will offer you the best cover.
There is also an abundance of travel agents and tour guides who are dedicated to adventure trips. Take your time to research the company thoroughly. What are their reviews like online? Are there many accidents reported and how do customers rate their organisation? By taking the time to find the very best tour guide, with the best safety record, you could save yourself a lot of difficulty and hardship.
So what if you are involved in an accident whilst taking part in ‘adventurous activities’? Even though you have knowingly taken part in a more risky pastime, if you’re involved in an accident that was not your fault and left to deal with potentially serious injuries, making a claim for adventure holiday compensation could provide a real lifeline for you and your family.
This compensation can provide an additional layer of support as you recover, and provide funding for extensive treatment and rehabilitation which you might not have received on the NHS or through private medical care – or which could be delayed if it is provided. Studies prove that the earlier you start a comprehensive and tailored rehabilitation package after a serious injury, the greater your chances of making the best possible recovery.
Compensation can also provide you with lifelong support if needed, making sure you and your family are not left in financial hardship, plus provide you with specialist aids and equipment to make sure that you can go on to enjoy your favourite activities, even if the worst has happened.
So what should you do if you or a loved one is seriously injured whilst on holiday and taking part in ‘adventure activities’?
First of all, make sure that you or your travel companions take the contact details of any witnesses to the accident. If possible, get a written statement from them, describing what has happened.
Ensure that you take photographs of the scene of the accident and as soon as possible. Many of us have a camera on our smartphones so take advantage of this instant camera access and take as many photographs as possible.
If you or your travel companion’s injuries are so severe that they require a stay in hospital, notify your travel insurance company immediately. You should also request copies of all medical records and the names and contact details of the doctors or medical centres that have provided treatment.
If you are involved in an accident whilst taking part in adventure activities, and are seriously injured, we advise that you speak to an expert serious injury solicitor as soon as possible. It is also important to ask about their rehabilitation policy as delays in starting treatment could mean a poorer quality recovery, therefore you should make sure that the firm you instruct has a proactive approach to rehabilitation.
CFG Law has over 25 years’ experiencing in handling complex holiday accident compensation cases. Our expert solicitors will guide you through the process at what can be a difficult time for you and your family. We have a unique approach to serious injury claims which places our clients’ needs and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. The compensation claim is really just a vehicle which allows us to access comprehensive rehabilitation and treatment for people who are seriously injured.
For a free and confidential consultation, call us on 0800 612 8196. We will offer expert advice on making a holiday accident compensation claim and help you on to the road to recovery.