Check your holiday accommodation, warns travel claims solicitor

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Check your holiday accommodation, warns travel claims solicitor

23rd April 2012

With the number of accidents occurring on holiday continuing to climb, one legal specialist has reminded tourists to be on the lookout when they first arrive at their holiday destination.

Katherine Allenholiday and travel expert with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said most holidaymakers are so excited to finally arrive at their accommodation that they might not think to watch for potential hazards.

“Travelling abroad can be very exciting, particularly for children and young families,” said Katherine, a partner with Fentons and head of the firm’s Travel & International litigation team. “While it is understandable to want to drop off baggage and immediately explore your new surroundings, holidaymakers should try to spend a few minutes checking their accommodation thoroughly when they arrive,” she said.

“Switch on all electrical items and make sure they’re working properly, ensure the doors and windows all lock and open easily, and familiarise yourself with the fire exits and evacuation procedures,” she said. “It only takes a few minutes, and can help to easily identify any potential problems before anyone is seriously injured.”

Katherine said there were a number of other things to watch out for, such as slippery floors, sharp corners on furniture and any items that are broken or damaged that could potentially cause harm. She said if any defects were found, these should immediately be reported to the hotel reception and any tour operator representatives.

“Knowing these things can help to avoid unnecessary injury, which can not only cause pain and heartache but can also spoil an expensive family break,” she said. “Obviously accidents do happen, but taking just a few minutes to check your new surroundings when you first arrive anywhere can help to reduce the risks.”

Katherine said the final piece of advice was also the most important. “It may sound obvious, but in the event of someone suffering an injury while on holiday, it’s vital that you seek medical attention immediately,” she said. “Failure to see a doctor straight away could lead to the injury becoming substantially worse, and in the most severe cases could be life-threatening,” said Katherine. “We want everyone to enjoy their holiday, but the main thing is that everyone comes home safely at the end of their break.”

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims relating to holiday accidents and illness.

If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.