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Accidents on holiday

Sadly an accident can turn that long awaited holiday into a nightmare. Our Foreign & Travel Law Department personal injury solicitors can help you recover compensation after an accident on holiday.

Accidents on holiday claims

If your holiday was a package holiday – one in which your travel and accommodation was booked at the same time as a package – and you had an accident on holiday, you may well be able to bring a claim against the holiday company in the Scottish courts.

It will be necessary to show that the accident was caused by the fault of the holiday company or of someone acting on their behalf such as a member of hotel staff or a coach driver.

Determining fault for holiday accident claims

Although the holiday accident claim can be brought in Scotland, our courts, in deciding whether someone was at fault, will apply the standards prevailing in the country where the holiday accident occurred.

Local standards can be lower, sometimes much lower, than in the UK and that may make it difficult to recover compensation.

Injury on excursion or activity

If you were injured while taking part in an excursion or activity off the hotel premises, it may be possible to bring a holiday accident claim against the holiday company in this country provided that the excursion or activity was pre-booked with the holiday.

What if you booked directly?

If you booked the travel and accommodation elements separately any holiday injury claim would have to be made directly against the party who caused the accident in the foreign country.

Digby Brown has access to foreign solicitors

As members of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ) we have access to a global network of specialist personal injury lawyers who can help us to help you.

Largest firm of personal injury solicitors

Digby Brown is today Scotland’s largest specialist personal injury practice. We are rated Band 1 by the leading independent publications, Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and Legal 500.

With offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Inverness, Aberdeen and Ayr we handle personal injury compensation claims across Scotland.

Funding for holiday accident claims

Digby Brown are able to offer a complete no win no fee funding and insurance package through our funding company, Compensate.

This gives our clients access to justice with no financial risk.

Had an accident on holiday?

For further information about seeking compensation following an accident on holiday, please call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our brief enquiry form and someone will contact you by return.



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