During the summer months we receive lots of enquiries from people asking if they can claim compensation after an accident or illness abroad. But because every case is different some people can and others can't make a claim.
Many will have already booked a holiday for this year so I thought it would be helpful to give a few tips that will reduce the risk of an accident or illness abroad. Prevention is better than cure and nobody would want to suffer whilst on their annual holiday so make a note and try to have a vacation that is accident and illness free.
Prior to your holiday
Check the potential health hazards in the country you are visiting to see if there are any recommended vaccines that should be taken before you go.
It can sometimes help putting a health pack together that contains items such as antiseptic lotion, plasters, insect repellent, and include rehydration sachets as these should be taken if you suffer from diarrhoea.
If you suffer from any pre-existing condition check with your doctor to make sure your destination country is appropriate for your condition. The heat may mean your dosage will need to change but your doctor will advise you of this.
Ensure each traveller has valid travel medical insurance and that pre-existing conditions are declared and are covered by the insurance company. Travellers to Europe should carry the European Health Insurance Card, click here for info on where and what it covers.
On your holiday
Refrain from drinking tap water unless advised it is safe to do so.
Avoid ice in drinks unless the venue guarantees it is made from bottled water.
When driving abroad take extra care, especially as you may be driving on the right which will seem strange if you are not used to this or haven't done it before. Ensure you are aware of different road signs and their meanings, and check the speed limits in the country you are driving in.
When hiring a car insist you have child seats for any children that are travelling with you. Many car hire firms do not provide these and will tell you its ok when it isn't, this will put your child at risk.
If you follow recommendations and act sensibly you should have an accident and illness free holiday.
Take care and have fun in the sun this summer!