21 October 2015
European Christmas Markets: Don’t Forget your Travel Insurance
Is it too soon to be thinking about Christmas? Maybe. Well how about a mini-break, Bridget Jones-style, to one of Europe's wintery Christmas Markets?
What could be better than a couple of nights away to escape the end of British summer time to an enchanted, sparkly winter wonderland where all you care about is sipping hot mulled wine and enjoying the odd slice of stollen?
All well and good, but the traveller who boards their train or coach to toast a glass or two with our European friends should not forget their travel essentials - no, not just their Uggs and Euros, but also their travel insurance and their common sense.
The Travel Law team at Slater and Gordon deal with many claims where people have gotten carried away while on short breaks overseas and often didn't think of taking out insurance for such a short trip. This would be ill advised even though an accident abroad is the last thing you would expect. You might not be prepared for those quaint cobbled streets of Bruges. And which side of the road do they drive on again in Switzerland? Sampling a strange delight on a market stall in Prague may seem like a good idea at the time but suffering the 'D&Vs' on the coach home may turn the trip into something you'll remember for the wrong reasons.
If you booked your trip whether by air, sea, coach or train including an overnight stay, you may well benefit from the protection of the (Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992) if you suffered an accident or illness abroad which was not your fault. Even if your trip was not a package you may still be able to bring a claim in England in certain circumstances for any injury or illness suffered.
Be smart and safe while abroad and if things do go wrong call the Travel Team at Slater and Gordon who will be happy to advise.
Rebecca Gilmore is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
Slater and Gordon Lawyer specialise in Travel Litigation. If you or your holiday party suffer an accident abroad, our No Win, No Fee Solicitors can help you with your claim for compensation.
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