Travel Accident Injury Compensation
Have you been injured whilst travelling or overseas? It’s no secret that accidents away from home can often be devastating, and especially when you are in a foreign country. Whether you have been involved in a cruise ship accident, an aircraft accident, an overseas motor accident or an accident in your holiday accommodation or public place, it is vital that you know you’re not dealing with the situation alone.
As well as causing injury and financial loss, accidents abroad often bring disappointment, from disrupting important holiday time, to added complications in finding appropriate medical treatment abroad, or needing to be repatriated back home.
We also know that being injured in Australia when you are here as a visitor is equally stressful. That is why we are here to help.
What are Travel Accident Injury Compensation Claims?
A travel accident occurs when you are injured in the course of travel or whilst overseas.
Examples of accidents occurring during the course of travel include accidents on internal and international flights, accidents on cruise ships, and accidents on trains and coach tours.
Accidents overseas cover a variety of situations, for example, you may have been involved in a motor accident in France, a fall from a balcony in Bali, or a speedboat accident in Thailand.
We strongly recommend that Australians ensure that they have a good level of travel insurance cover and register their travel plans with the government’s Smarttraveller before you leave home. Once you are safe and have received medical attention, one of the first things you should do is get in touch with a personal injury lawyer in Australia.
It can be confusing and stressful to know where to turn to protect your rights, especially when you are dealing with foreign insurance companies in a foreign language. We have lawyers who speak a number of foreign languages, and will take the stress away from the claims process.
I am a foreigner injured in Australia, can you help me?
The answer is simple – yes! If you are a foreign national injured whilst visiting Australia, our travel law experts at Stacks Goudkamp can explain Australian law and help you get the compensation you deserve. We have a proven track record of acting for foreign visitors injured in accidents in New South Wales and throughout Australia.
If you have been repatriated back home, it is not too late to make a claim. We regularly have Skype appointments with overseas clients, and also travel to see clients overseas.
Understanding Your Legal Rights
We can help you understand your rights to compensation arising from your accident and explain what we can do to help you. Specifically, we will provide you with information about:
- What you need to do to lodge a claim
- Which country’s law applies to your claim
- The time limits that apply
- Who pays the legal fees
- What your claim is likely to involve
The laws of the foreign country where your accident occurred will often apply to some aspects of your claim, including the time limit that you have to bring a claim. This can sometimes be as short as six months, so it is important that you seek expert advice as soon as possible.
Who Should Contact Us?
Anyone who has suffered an injury or illness abroad where someone else was at least partly at fault should get in touch with us as soon as possible.
Claims for compensation can be made for a very wide variety of accidents, including accidents on cruise ships, accidents on aircraft (including internal and domestic flights), trips and slips, motor vehicle accidents, and many more.
You may also have a right to receive compensation even if you were partly at fault or without having to prove negligence. Give Stacks Goudkamp a call today to find out more about what your options are – we are here to help.
Travel Accident Compensation Case Studies
Our client was on a luxury pacific islands cruise when he slipped on wet decking that had been hosed earlier that morning. He sustained injuries to his shoulder.
On return to Australia, our client required significant medical treatment and his ability to work was compromised.
Our specialist travel lawyers brought a compensation claim against the cruise operator for our client’s cruise accident. Although liability was strongly denied, we were able to successfully secure our client compensation for his injuries without the need to go to court.