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Malta Holiday Claims

What happens when your dream holiday destination turns into a nightmare?

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I am very happy and satisfied with the settlement you achieved for me and the service was excellent and thank you very much

Mrs E.Swaffield
Loughborough

Claiming for Malta holiday compensation

Malta, the beautiful island situated between Sicily and the coast of North Africa, has had links with Britain for centuries – that’s why British holidaymakers head to this stunning island when they’re seeking a little Mediterranean sun. With a great climate, wonderful scenery, luxury hotels and excellent cuisine, it’s easy to see why.

Most tourists head to Mellieha Bay, the low-key town that sits right on the north coast of the island. The area offers a great coastal view, a beautiful sandy beach and a cluster of small local restaurants and shops. If you’re looking for a holiday that’s on the quieter side, Mellieha Bay is the place.

Malta also has a purpose-built tourist resort in Qawra. Situated on the beautiful St Paul’s Bay, you’ll find luxury hotels all along the coast, as well as all the tourist-related activities you expect to find in a foreign resort.

Just along the coast from Qawra, you’ll find Buggiba. This town is the island’s party central – it’s got contemporary hotels, self-catering apartments, a brand new water park, and the main town square a tourist destination in its own right.

But unfortunately, not all holidays in Malta end happily. Accidents and illnesses can happen anywhere in the world, but when they strike tourists enjoying their holidays in Malta, they can cause a huge amount of stress and trauma for those involved.

Whether you slipped in the airport, had an accident next to a hotel pool, or fell ill after drinking contaminated water, our team of solicitors at Your Legal Friend could help you make your claim for compensation.

We know how stressful a holiday accident or injury can be, not just for the victim, but for the entire family. That’s why we support you every step of the way with jargon-free advice and a no-win, no-fee guarantee. You won’t pay a penny in legal fees unless we’re successful in winning compensation on your behalf.

If you’ve had an accident or fallen ill in Malta through no fault of your own, give our team a call to get your claim started.

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With over thirty years of experience in personal injury claims, we are experts in our field. We boast a 95% success rate and have recovered over £200,000,000 for our clients in the last ten years alone. 

Malta holiday claims team

We’re confident that we have the skills to secure the compensation you deserve.  What’s more, we take care of everything for you so your claim is fast and hassle-free.

Our no-win, no-fee guarantee means there are no upfront fees to pay, so even if you’re still paying off medical bills or additional travel expenses from your holiday, you won’t need to worry about finding any extra money to pursue your claim.

Iain McCrave

Iain is an Assistant Fee Earner with the travel team and has 9 years’ experience in litigation dealing with all aspects of the claims process. Iain enjoys listening to music and travelling.

Kathryn Langton

Kathryn, also a qualified Solicitor, specialises in accidents at work, public liability and accidents abroad. Kathryn deals with a wide variety of cases, often including accidents that involve serious, complex injuries.

Anita Carroll

Anita began working with us as a Paralegal in 2010 and, after securing a training contract, qualified as a Solicitor in February 2015. She manages a mixed caseload, including holiday illness cases. She is also a married Mum to 3 girls (18, 13 and 6) and they are her hobby!

Alison Saul

Alison Saul, Director of Personal Injury leads our Personal Injury, Road Accident and Holiday Illness teams. A fully qualified Solicitor with over 15 years of experience and expertise, Alison is dedicated to achieving the highest levels of compensation for her clients as well as ensuring high-quality client care.

Marta Skornog

Marta began working with us in 2012 as a Paralegal. She deals with RTA and Holiday Illness cases for both English and Polish speaking clients. Outside of work, Marta enjoys yoga, socialising and going to the movies.

Lee Quinn

Lee is a Fee Earner Manager, with 20 years’ experience in PI litigation. He runs both Holiday Illness and RTA cases and has teams who deal with Polish Speaking Clients for both also. He’s a father of one who loves to travel, last year he completed the Marathon Des Sables a 230k race across the Sahara desert.

Michelle Craven

Michelle has worked with us as a Legal Assistant since 2011. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her 5-year-old son.

Suzanne Wibberley

Suzanne is an Assistant Fee Earner to Lee Quinn and works with the travel team.  Suzanne has 12 years experience in PI litigation and deals with both Holiday illness and RTA cases.  Suzanne is currently undertaking her Ilex studies.  In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys going to the gym and socialising with friends.

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There are many people injured in accidents each year through no fault of their own and the circumstances will be different in each instance. Our team has extensive experience of successfully managing a wide range of personal injury claims, so we can help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve.

Alison Saul

Director of Personal Injury

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10 simple steps to claim

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Obtaining a full description of your accident or illness
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Obtaining your medical records
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Contacting the company responsible for your accident or illness
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Arranging your medical assessment
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Collating details of your financial loss
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Negotiating the maximum settlement possibleProviding you with our valuation of your losses
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Sending your valuation to the other party's insurer
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Providing you with our valuation of your lossesNegotiating the maximum settlement possible
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Issuing Court proceedings
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Sending you your compensation payment

Your questions... answered

What are the most common accidents and illnesses in Malta?

Here are some of the main accidents, illnesses and injuries that you may face if you’re planning to holiday in Malta:

Food poisoning and travel bugs

Food poisoning is a real threat from hotel buffets, especially those where food is left out at incorrect temperatures for too long. In small hotels, infections and viruses can spread like wildfire, causing mass outbreaks of food poisoning and other infections. Contaminated water, unclean swimming pools and the presence of parasites can also cause illnesses among tourists in Malta.

Trips, slips and falls

Trips and slips can happen anywhere – but when they happen abroad, they’re even more stressful. Most trips are minor accidents, resulting in nothing more than a bruised ego. Unfortunately, some of these incidents are far more serious, leading to broken bones or severe muscle strains. These injuries can take weeks to recover from, leaving many victims facing lost income while they get on their feet.

Road accidents

Every year holidaymakers in Malta are hospitalised as a result of road accidents. Needless to say, road accidents can be incredibly serious, causing life-changing injuries and leaving some victims severely disabled or unable to work.

Excursions, accidents in airports, transfers, coach trips

Most people visiting Malta take advantage of coach trips and excursions on offer –but can end up involved in accidents through no fault of their own.

Accidents can happen even before your holiday starts.  You may have been injured boarding or disembarking a plane, had an item fall on you from an overhead locker, or been injured retrieving your luggage from the carousel or during your transfer to your hotel.  As these are all covered by your package holiday, you could have a valid compensation claim.

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What can I claim for?

Compensation for accidents and illnesses abroad can only be claimed for package holidays, most of which are covered by the Package Travel Regulations. Under Regulation 2(1), hotel owners and tour operators have a ‘duty of care’ towards the health and safety of you, your family and anyone else in your party.

This Regulation states that a package must include the pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following components:

  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Other tourist services that are additional to transport or accommodation, and which account for a significant proportion of the package.  This can include pre-booked excursions.

If you are harmed while using any facilities promoted or controlled by your tour operator as part of your package, you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation.

Your package holiday organiser can be held responsible if you suffered an injury caused by an accident or illness that happened anywhere on hotel property. They can also be held responsible if an accident takes place or your illness is caused either:

  • On a pre-booked excursion bought in the UK, or
  • During a holiday service provided as part of your package bought in the UK.
  • However, your package holiday organiser is unlikely to be held responsible if:
  • Your accident or illness happened during an excursion booked at the hotel or resort, which was not included in your pre-booked package bought in the UK.
  • An accident happened away from your hotel – unless it was during an excursion you bought in the UK as part of your package.
  • You tripped on a badly maintained pavement in the local town centre.
  • The accident was your fault, i.e. you broke the safety rules
  • Your illness was caused by eating at a local restaurant that was not included as part of your package holiday.
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How long do I have to make a claim?

The Package Travel Regulations allow you 3 years to make a claim from the date when the illness or accident occurred.  However, if your illness or accident happened on a cruise, this would be governed by the Athens Convention which are a different set of regulations that only allow 2 years in which to make a claim.

What is the Malta claims process?

If you’ve had a holiday ruined by an accident that wasn’t your fault, or an illness you’ve picked up as a result of someone else’s negligence, Your Legal Friend could help. We’ll support you in making a compensation claim for the pain and stress caused to you while you were abroad, as well as covering additional travel costs and any future medical treatments that might be required throughout your recovery.

First of all, we need to understand what happened to you and why you believe the accident or illness was not your fault. We’ll take statements from you and any witnesses, obtain incident reports, and search for medical reports to get a better idea of what happened, how you were affected, what treatment you were given, and whether you are still suffering from your injury or illness.

Then we’ll launch a thorough investigation, with the aim of identifying who was at fault for your injury or illness. Once we’ve discovered whose negligence caused this, can then assess how likely your claim is to succeed and how much compensation we can secure for you.

If you then agree to go ahead, we’ll send your claim to whoever is responsible for your injuries or illness. They can either accept the claim and seek to negotiate a settlement with you – this is often the preferred choice of many larger firms looking to protect their reputation – or they can reject the claim in which case we take the case to Court. In this instance, we’ll manage the process of preparing your claim to go to Court and support you every step of the way.

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How are compensation amounts calculated?

If your claim is successful, you’ll be awarded compensation. How much you’ll be awarded depends on various criteria:

  • The severity of the injury or illness. A broken bone or amputation is likely to be classed as far more serious than a muscle strain or stomach bug.
  • How your life has been affected. Some unfortunate holidaymakers experience life-changing injuries or illnesses while abroad – the compensation awarded will reflect this.
  • Whether you’ve been left out of pocket. Medical bills and additional travel expenses can wreak havoc on a family’s finances. This part of the compensation sees that you’re adequately compensated for your losses.
  • Whether you’ll need extra support in the future. If your injury or illness will lead to loss of income, or if you’ll need ongoing treatment and care to deal with the injury, this will be taken into account.

Why should I contact Your Legal Friend about my Malta claim?

  • No win, no fee - guaranteed
  • 95% success rate in personal injury claims
  • Over £200,000,000 successfully won in the last ten years alone
  • Help and support you with your claim against the travel company or carrier
  • 30 years’ experience in personal injury compensation

Here are some of the main accidents, illnesses and injuries that you may face if you’re planning to holiday in Malta:

Food poisoning and travel bugs

Food poisoning is a real threat from hotel buffets, especially those where food is left out at incorrect temperatures for too long. In small hotels, infections and viruses can spread like wildfire, causing mass outbreaks of food poisoning and other infections. Contaminated water, unclean swimming pools and the presence of parasites can also cause illnesses among tourists in Malta.

Trips, slips and falls

Trips and slips can happen anywhere – but when they happen abroad, they’re even more stressful. Most trips are minor accidents, resulting in nothing more than a bruised ego. Unfortunately, some of these incidents are far more serious, leading to broken bones or severe muscle strains. These injuries can take weeks to recover from, leaving many victims facing lost income while they get on their feet.

Road accidents

Every year holidaymakers in Malta are hospitalised as a result of road accidents. Needless to say, road accidents can be incredibly serious, causing life-changing injuries and leaving some victims severely disabled or unable to work.

Excursions, accidents in airports, transfers, coach trips

Most people visiting Malta take advantage of coach trips and excursions on offer –but can end up involved in accidents through no fault of their own.

Accidents can happen even before your holiday starts.  You may have been injured boarding or disembarking a plane, had an item fall on you from an overhead locker, or been injured retrieving your luggage from the carousel or during your transfer to your hotel.  As these are all covered by your package holiday, you could have a valid compensation claim.

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Compensation for accidents and illnesses abroad can only be claimed for package holidays, most of which are covered by the Package Travel Regulations. Under Regulation 2(1), hotel owners and tour operators have a ‘duty of care’ towards the health and safety of you, your family and anyone else in your party.

This Regulation states that a package must include the pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following components:

  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Other tourist services that are additional to transport or accommodation, and which account for a significant proportion of the package.  This can include pre-booked excursions.

If you are harmed while using any facilities promoted or controlled by your tour operator as part of your package, you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation.

Your package holiday organiser can be held responsible if you suffered an injury caused by an accident or illness that happened anywhere on hotel property. They can also be held responsible if an accident takes place or your illness is caused either:

  • On a pre-booked excursion bought in the UK, or
  • During a holiday service provided as part of your package bought in the UK.
  • However, your package holiday organiser is unlikely to be held responsible if:
  • Your accident or illness happened during an excursion booked at the hotel or resort, which was not included in your pre-booked package bought in the UK.
  • An accident happened away from your hotel – unless it was during an excursion you bought in the UK as part of your package.
  • You tripped on a badly maintained pavement in the local town centre.
  • The accident was your fault, i.e. you broke the safety rules
  • Your illness was caused by eating at a local restaurant that was not included as part of your package holiday.
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The Package Travel Regulations allow you 3 years to make a claim from the date when the illness or accident occurred.  However, if your illness or accident happened on a cruise, this would be governed by the Athens Convention which are a different set of regulations that only allow 2 years in which to make a claim.

If you’ve had a holiday ruined by an accident that wasn’t your fault, or an illness you’ve picked up as a result of someone else’s negligence, Your Legal Friend could help. We’ll support you in making a compensation claim for the pain and stress caused to you while you were abroad, as well as covering additional travel costs and any future medical treatments that might be required throughout your recovery.

First of all, we need to understand what happened to you and why you believe the accident or illness was not your fault. We’ll take statements from you and any witnesses, obtain incident reports, and search for medical reports to get a better idea of what happened, how you were affected, what treatment you were given, and whether you are still suffering from your injury or illness.

Then we’ll launch a thorough investigation, with the aim of identifying who was at fault for your injury or illness. Once we’ve discovered whose negligence caused this, can then assess how likely your claim is to succeed and how much compensation we can secure for you.

If you then agree to go ahead, we’ll send your claim to whoever is responsible for your injuries or illness. They can either accept the claim and seek to negotiate a settlement with you – this is often the preferred choice of many larger firms looking to protect their reputation – or they can reject the claim in which case we take the case to Court. In this instance, we’ll manage the process of preparing your claim to go to Court and support you every step of the way.

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If your claim is successful, you’ll be awarded compensation. How much you’ll be awarded depends on various criteria:

  • The severity of the injury or illness. A broken bone or amputation is likely to be classed as far more serious than a muscle strain or stomach bug.
  • How your life has been affected. Some unfortunate holidaymakers experience life-changing injuries or illnesses while abroad – the compensation awarded will reflect this.
  • Whether you’ve been left out of pocket. Medical bills and additional travel expenses can wreak havoc on a family’s finances. This part of the compensation sees that you’re adequately compensated for your losses.
  • Whether you’ll need extra support in the future. If your injury or illness will lead to loss of income, or if you’ll need ongoing treatment and care to deal with the injury, this will be taken into account.
  • No win, no fee - guaranteed
  • 95% success rate in personal injury claims
  • Over £200,000,000 successfully won in the last ten years alone
  • Help and support you with your claim against the travel company or carrier
  • 30 years’ experience in personal injury compensation

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