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Holiday Accidents

If you’ve been involved in a holiday accident abroad, Shires Law Solicitors can help you make a compensation claim on a no win, no fee basis.

Holiday injuries often result in extremely distressing and traumatic experiences. If your holiday was ruined by an accident, we are here to get you the compensation you deserve. Medical treatment abroad can be extremely expensive and we are committed to helping you reclaim as much as possible.

When you book a holiday or a trip abroad your travel agent, airline and hotel employees have a duty of care to ensure that you are safe and that the environment is hygienic. If you booked your holiday through a UK operator it is likely that you can claim against them rather than having to claim against a hotel in a foreign country for example.

There are many types of accident that can, unfortunately, ruin what is meant to be an enjoyable and relaxing experience for holidaymakers. We deal with all claims, including those for:

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Why Choose Shires Law?

Approachable and professional personal injury law firm focusing on the individual  |  Experienced team of personal injury solicitors  |  Face to face consultations  |  Free, no obligation assessment of claim  |  Operate on a No Win No Fee basis.

Types of Holiday Accident Claims

Road Traffic Accidents

Standards of driving differ across the world and the laws are different. If you are involved in a road traffic accident abroad whether as a driver or passenger or whether in a car, taxi, coach or bus, it is possible that you may have a right to seek compensation if another party was to blame and is identifiable. The law differs from country to country and it is always advisable to seek medical attention immediately as this is very often a pre-requisite to compensation schemes in some countries. It is crucial to obtain details of all other persons involved. Always report the matter to the police and keep all paperwork. Whether you were a driver, passenger or pedestrian, if you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident abroad, Shires Law may be able to secure you compensation.

Slips and Trips

Many people from the UK sustain injuries  in slip and trip incidents abroad while on holiday or on business trips. Maintenance standards differ from country to country and as a result people are injured in slip or trip incidents abroad. Often these are caused by wet floors without warning signs being displayed,  poorly maintained pavements  and defective equipment. As in the UK, most private organisations and local authorities abroad have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe and where they fail to do this and a member of public sustains an injury as a result, they may be found liable. Shires Law have experience in bringing these types of claim and have recovered compensation for personal injury as well as associated financial losses that have resulted from a slip or trip accident abroad, such as treatment, rehabilitation and therapy expenses, cost of care and loss of earnings.

Aviation and Accidents

If you have sustained an injury boarding, during or disembarking your flight, you might be able to make a claim against your holiday provider, airline, airport or aircraft supplier.

Skiing and Other Sporting accidents

Unfortunately no sport is without risk and winter sports can be especially risky. It is important to bear in mind that various parties have a duty to protect your safety as much as possible including, other skiers, tour operators, resort owners and equipment manufacturers. When mistakes are made the results can be devastating. We can help you to claim compensation if you have a minor or major accident.

Swimming Pool Accidents

Many people enjoy the luxury of a hotel pool but there is always the risk of injury in such an environment. Shires Law have helped secure compensation for injuries sustained when using swimming pools.

Balcony Falls

Many falls involve some of the three million young holidaymakers who head overseas every summer. Balcony falls are especially common in the popular resorts of Bulgaria and the Spanish island of Majorca. Shires Law will assess whether you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries as well as claim for any financial losses you may have incurred as a result of the injury, including loss of earnings, pension losses, medical expenses, cost of care provided among others.

Holiday Food Poisoning

The most common forms of food poisoning are E-Coli and Salmonella; fortunately most cases result in mild forms, those that you can recover from within a few days, however some cases do present more serious symptoms. It is quite common for a group of people to experience food poisoning after dining in the same establishment.

Fatal Accidents

If a member of your family has been killed in an accident whilst travelling in Europe or beyond, you may be able to bring a claim and you may be able to bring your claim in the English Courts. We realise this is a very distressing time for you. No amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one but it can help to ease the financial burden that often adds to the tragedy of an accidental death. Shires Law provides help, support and guidance to the families of fatal accident victims. We offer a sympathetic and understanding approach but with a view to securing the damages that you (and your children) are entitled to.

Cruise Ship Illness / Injury

Each year thousands take to the seas on cruise ships for their holiday, but accidents and illnesses have ruined the experience for many, if this is the case then you may be entitled to claim compensation for your cruise ship injury or illness.


If you have been burned or scalded whilst on holiday and someone else was at fault, Shires Law can assist you with a claim for compensation.

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