Travel accidents can happen for all manner of reasons and it is not always possible to hold someone accountable. However, there are occasions when your travel accident will be the direct result of another person’s mistakes. If so, you will be considered the innocent victim of personal injury* and you will be legally entitled to compensation for the injuries you have sustained.
Are You Entitled To Claim For Your Travel Accident?
Nowadays national and international travel is a way of life. Many will be used to travelling on planes and public transport, either in Ireland itself or abroad.
Whatever mode of travel you are using, you will expect your health and safety to be adequately protected during the course of your journey. For example, if you are in a train station, you do not anticipate slipping on a wet floor. If you are in an airport, you do not expect to be harmed by a moving luggage vehicle. And if you are on holiday, you would hope that hygiene standards are maintained to ensure you do not suffer food poisoning.
Unfortunately, however, there are times when an organisation and their employees fail to take reasonably practicable steps to safeguard your wellbeing. If you subsequently suffer an injury because of this negligence, you will be in a position to make a claim for your travel accident.
Legal Advice For Your Travel Accident
If you think you could be in a position to pursue legal action for a travel accident, you need to obtain the right legal advice. At Gibson & Associates we have experience in dealing with travel accident claims, including airport accidents, holiday food poisoning, train accidents, accidents involving travel on public transport, hotels and cruise ships.
Our expert solicitors will be happy to discuss your case, helping you to understand whether or not you are able to proceed with a claim. If you have been the victim of another’s person’s negligence, we will guide you through the claims process, handling everything on your behalf and ensuring that you receive the maximum amount of compensation.
Airport Accident Claims
By their very nature airports are extremely busy places, and there is a wide range of hazards, all of which are capable of causing serious injury to both members of the public and staff. The most common hazards which result in personal injury* include:
- Suitcase trips – while wheeled suitcases with extendable handles are convenient, they are liable to tip over causing trips and falls that often result in serious injuries and ruined holidays for the victims.
- Slips on wet floors – freshly mopped floors which have been badly signposted or where a sign has knocked over.
- Incidents involving airport vehicles – if a member of the airport staff has not received the training required to operate a specified airport vehicle, they often cause injury to themselves, passengers or other members of staff.
- Manual handling injuries – staff required to handle large amounts of baggage often suffer manual handling injuries – a compensation claim can be made if the injured party has not received appropriate manual handling training.
If your airport accident occurred whilst embarking or disembarking an aircraft, in airport terminal buildings or during transport between the plane and the terminal, you may have a valid claim for financial compensation.
Whether you are a member of airport staff or a member of the public, you need to speak to a qualified personal injury* solicitor if you suspect that another individual’s negligence was directly responsible for your injury.
When Can I Make A Holiday Food Poisoning Claim?
If food poisoning has ruined your holiday, you may be entitled to claim financial compensation. Holiday food poisoning is often caused by:
- Poor sanitation in the local area
- Poor hygiene in food preparation areas at a resort
- Exposure to unfamiliar germs
- A large amount of people using limited facilities
- Hot weather and insects increasing the risk of infection
Of these causes of holiday food poisoning, we find the most common to be negligence on the part of hotel cleaning staff or kitchen workers. In such cases, it is possible to make a claim for financial compensation providing you can prove that your holiday illness was the result of another person’s negligent behaviour.
If you are not sure whether you are in a position to make a holiday food poisoning claim, there is an easy way to find out: contact us at Gibson & Associates and speak to one of our personal injury* solicitors.
If you are entitled to claim compensation following a bout of food poisoning, it is helpful if you collect as much information as possible about your illness and the hotel, resort or restaurant’s health and safety policy. Try to find other guests who are experiencing similar symptoms and take their contact details and also take photographs of any examples of poor hygiene you find around the hotel, particularly in food preparation areas.
But if you don’t have the above information, don’t worry; simply contact the experienced lawyers at Gibson & Associates Solicitors. We are capable of handling every aspect of your holiday illness compensation claim and will be happy to provide legal advice with regards to the validity of your case.
Rail travel is recognised as one of Ireland’s safest forms of public transport. However, when train accidents happen they have the potential to cause severe injury to both passengers and rail employees. Thus, when train accidents or train station accidents are found to have been caused by negligence on the part of the driver, maintenance worker, management staff or third party, Irish law allows victims to claim compensation.
Typically, train accidents are caused by:
- Derailment due to inadequate maintenance
- Collisions with other trains due to signalling error
- Collisions with vehicles at level crossings, due to faulty signals or the negligence of a motorist
- Collisions with objects on the tracks
- Train station accidents
Each of these scenarios can lead to passengers and rail employees suffering serious head injuries, broken bones and fractures and cuts from broken glass and burns, all of which can have serious consequences for both future employment and quality of life.
Compensation For Train Accidents
If you have been injured in a train accident or train station accident that was not your fault, we recommend that you contact the experienced personal injury* solicitors at Gibson & Associates as soon as possible. We have the specialist experience necessary to provide legal advice and guidance regarding a train accident compensation claim.
All you need to do is contact us for an initial enquiry. Our solicitors will then obtain the necessary details before identifying the party responsible for your injuries. If another person or organisation is to blame, we can handle every aspect of the legal process thereafter, ensuring you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your claim. This will provide you with redress for the pain and suffering you have been caused and recover the damages and financial loss as a direct result of your injuries.
Contact Us Now For A Consultation
If you would like to talk to a solicitor about claiming compensation for a travel accident, contact our experienced team of personal injury* lawyers. You can also learn about our team and our claims process on our ‘Why Choose Us’ page.
Please complete an Online Enquiry or call us on 1890 989 289 and we’ll be in touch with you shortly. You can also read more about our personal injury* services by reading our main personal injury* information page.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement