Avoid Injury While Travelling Abroad

Accidents can happen to even the most prepared, well-equipped traveller. In reality, when you’re travelling abroad all you can do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Serious injuries are frustrating and stressful, but when they happen abroad the experience can be even more traumatic. To make sure you’re prepared this summer, The Serious Injury Site are bringing you a guide on how to prepare, prevent and deal with accidents and injuries when you are travelling.

Preparing for injuries

While no one really wants to think about getting injured before they go on holiday, it is wise to consider packing for an accident. A simple first aid kit could be the difference between a minor injury and a
life long condition. Stock your kit with:

  • Antibacterial spray
  • Plasters/gauze/surgical tape
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Pain relief
  • Antihistamine cream

Preventing injuries

Avoiding predictable accidents and risks is the first step to preventing injury while you’re away. Simple steps such as avoiding unfamiliar areas in the dark, wearing shoes on the beach and being aware of opposite direction traffic could all save you the expense and distress of a serious injury.

Common injuries

Holiday compensation claims typically relate to the following kinds of injuries:

  • Injuries sustained while swimming – in the pool or sea
  • Sports injuries
  • Injuries on excursions
  • Injuries sustained from poor hotel/resort maintenance
  • Injuries in busy places (airports for example)

Dealing with accidents and injuries

If you find yourself dealing with any kind of injury while on holiday, try to keep calm and seek professional medical advice as soon as possible.

  • Broken bones – Try and keep suspected broken bones steady
  • Wounds – Keep all wounds clean with bottled water or an antibacterial spray. They should be covered to protect them from dirt from getting inside
  • Ask for an English speaking medical professional to help you if possible
  • Call your insurer for information on how to make a claim
  • If an incident occurs at your hotel, make sure it is logged in the establishment’s accident book.
  • Take photographs of any evidence if possible
  • Take note of the names, addresses and contact numbers for anyone witness to your accident.

If you have been seriously injured abroad and wish to claim for compensation, then contact us for free, independent advice to help you pursue your claim when you get home.

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