Can You Fix A Holiday Accident Online?

Are you about to take a gap year and travel abroad? Seeing the world is no doubt one of the most exciting experiences and can change the way you view your life.

However, it’s sensible to map out carefully where you’re going and get the right insurance, particularly if you’re travelling alone for all or part of your journey. A good insurance policy will take care of you in a wide set of circumstances, including an accident that leads to injury and medical treatment.

It’s a good idea to have easy access to information that will tell you what to do or help you to manage the situation that has caused the accident. Here are some ways of making sure that you know what to do:

  • Minimise the amount of paperwork that you need to take with you by adding insurance numbers and other important contacts and information on to your phone or tablet.
  • Register with the International Association For Medical Assistance To Travellers (www.iamat.org) to get access to information on affiliated doctors and clinics around the world. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
  • The Lonely Planet website (www.lonelyplanet.com) can provide practical information in relation to health and safety on a region by region basis.
  • No matter what the accident is, it can be frightening if you don’t understand the language. Download a translation app, such as Google Translate, to your phone before you leave so that you can communicate with the locals and ask for help.
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  • Take photos of the accident and your injury and keep them alongside any medical or hospital reports and receipts you are given. You’ll need as much documentation as possible if you want to claim on your travel insurance policy.
  • If you plan to dive or swim offshore on your travels, make sure that you get local reliable information on currents and safe places to swim or dive.
  • It may be worthwhile bookmarking the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s website section on British embassies abroad (www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/find-an-embassy) on your laptop or smart phone. If you’re in an accident that involves the police or any other public authority and you think you’re being treated unfairly, you can contact your embassy for help.

If you are armed with this information before and while you travel, you’ll be better able to cope with any accidents that happen, no matter where you are. And don’t forget to keep in touch by Skype with the family back home!

When making a holiday accident claim it is important to hire a specialist solicitor who can do all the difficult work for you.

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