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The picturesque Dominican Republic has been a popular tourist destination for years, with all-inclusive resorts along every pristine beach, a strong golfing culture and a multitude of stunning landscapes for holidaymakers to marvel at. Enduringly popular as a wedding and honeymoon destination for Brits, the excellent climate and the friendly locals make the Dominican Republic a top holiday hotspot.

Which location did you visit?

    Unfortunately, some visitors to the Dominican Republic don’t leave having found their own slice of paradise. Some unlucky holidaymakers experience accidents, injuries and illnesses on the island, ranging from inconvenient food poisoning to life-threatening injuries caused by watersports activities, or even by the hurricanes that can hit the area between June and November.

    Popular resorts in the Dominican Republic include:

    • Bahia Maimon, Costa Dorada, La Romana, Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata, San Juan.

    Common holiday accidents in the Dominican Republic can include:

    • Water sports accidents including kite surfing, jet skiing, waterskiing and scuba diving
    • Slips/trips around the hotel and hotel restaurants
    • Lacerations from loose or broken tiles around the swimming pool
    • Tripping over broken decking

    Holiday illnesses in the Dominican Republic are generally caused by poorly prepared food or unclean swimming pool water which can cause serious gastric illnesses.   Serious cases can be caused by:

    • Campylobacter
    • Cryptosporidium
    • E. coli
    • Salmonella

    Serious illnesses can include:

    • Dysentery
    • Gastroenteritis
    • Giardiasis

    If you’ve experienced an accident, injury or illness while on holiday in the Dominican Republic, the team at Your Legal Friend is here to help. Our experienced personal injury solicitors have the skills to pursue a compensation claim on your behalf and bring those responsible for your illness or injury to account.

    Our 95% success rate in personal injury cases demonstrates both our expertise and our commitment to achieving a successful result for our clients. We’ve won over £200,000,000 in compensation over the last ten years alone, leveraging over thirty years of experience in personal injury to ensure our clients get justice.

    Whether you’ve slipped in a hotel, contracted a disease abroad, been involved in the traumatic event of a hurricane, or suffered an injury in a road accident while on holiday in the Dominican Republic, get in touch with our team today to find out about how we can help.

    Here’s how Your Legal Friend can help you:

    • 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

    Talk to us today

    For an informal, confidential chat with one of our expert personal injury solicitors about making a claim, call us now on 0808 278 7431 (call free from landlines and mobiles). Or just complete the 'Start a new claim’ option on the right and we'll call you straight back.

    The Dominican Republic is a stunning holiday destination right in the heart of the Caribbean, with paradise beaches, luxury hotels and some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. But this divine location can turn into a nightmare environment for the unfortunate tourists that fall ill or are involved in accidents abroad. So what are the biggest causes of illness or injury for tourists visiting the Dominican Republic?

    Bacterial infections – salmonella, food poisoning, E.coli

    Food poisoning is a common cause of illness for tourists on holiday, not just in the Dominican Republic, but across the world. This painful and debilitating condition can be caused by food that is undercooked, or has been poorly re-heated, such as at hotel buffets or in all-you-can-eat restaurants.

    Other illnesses including norovirus, salmonella and E.coli can also come from poor hygiene practices around food. The symptoms of these illnesses can include diarrhea, vomiting and severe abdominal pain, and tourists suffering from this conditions could even be forced to cut their holiday short.

    Slips and trips

    There are a multitude of ways a holidaymaker could slip, trip or fall while on holiday in the Dominican Republic. Whether you fall from an unsafe balcony, trip over an exposed wire in your hotel or slip on a poorly marked wet floor, we could help you make a claim for personal injury compensation.

    Excursions, accidents in airports, transfers, coach trips

    Most people visiting the idyllic Dominican Republic like to enjoy coach trips and excursion, to ensure they see the whole island. Unfortunately, with fairly poor health and safety standards, tourists can end up involved in accidents through no fault of their own. Road traffic accidents are also common on the cramped and chaotic roads.

    Here’s how Your Legal Friend can help you:

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

    Talk to us today

    For an informal, confidential chat with one of our expert personal injury solicitors about making a claim, call us now on 0808 278 7431 (call free from landlines and mobiles). Or just complete the 'Start a new claim’ option on the right and we'll call you straight back.

    Alison Saul, Director of Personal Injury leads our Personal Injury and Road Accident 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.

    Alison is assisted by her team managers, Philip Waters Lee Quinn, Jenna Hargreaves, and Kathryn Langton. Philip, Lee, and Jenna lead legal teams focussing on Road Traffic Accident cases while Kathyrn leads our Personal Injury team. Together they have a wealth of experience in personal injury compensation.

    • There are many people injured in accidents each year through no fault of their own and the circumstances will be difference 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 maximim compensation you deserve. 

      Alison Saul,
      Director of Personal Injury

    Philip, a qualified solicitor, has over 18 years’ experience in personal injury compensation. Having previously worked for a large insurance company, he has extensive insights in how to engage effectively with insurers to achieve the level of compensation our clients deserve. Philip deals with cases of high value, complex cases, and recently secured £1.6 million in compensation for one of his clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident.

    Lee has over 15 years’ specialist experience in Personal Injury claims and also manages a wide variety of high value, complex cases. Lee has extensive experience of working with insurance companies, acting for both claimants and defendants, and so understands how to secure the highest levels of compensation for the victims of road traffic accidents.

    Jenna is a qualified solicitor and has studied to become a barrister. Jenna leads the internal reviews of our case management processes to ensure excellent, efficient case handling and high levels of client satisfaction.

    Kathryn, also a qualiied 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.

    Accidents & Illnesses abroad - 10 simple steps to achieving your compensation

    For most people, a compensation claim isn’t an everyday occurrence so we thought it would be helpful to explain how we manage your claim and the steps that we both need to go through.

    Step 1 - Obtaining a full description of your accident or illness

    We need to understand as much as possible about your accident or illness – exactly how it happened or what caused you to be ill and why, the injuries you suffered, what happened immediately afterwards and how your life has been affected as a result.

    Step 2 - Obtaining your medical records

    We will ask your GP and hospital for your full medical records so that we can establish the extent of your injuries or illness, the treatment you received, and how long it will take you to recover.  If your treatment was carried out abroad, we can obtain and, if need be, translate those records.

    Step 3 - Contacting the company responsible for your accident or illness

    Once we have decided who is responsible for your accident or illness, we will inform them that you intend to claim compensation and send them the details you have provided.  We will let you know their response and, if they dispute the case, we will ask you to provide your comments on their response. 

    Step 4 - Arranging your medical assessment

    We will arrange for an independent clinician to evaluate the extent of your illness or injuries and whether they will affect your ability to work in the short or long term.  In holiday illness claims, it may sometimes be possible to obtain a “desktop” report that can be done based on your witness statement and any medical records so that you don’t have to go for a medical examination.

    Step 5 - Collating details of your financial loss

    In addition to compensation for your injuries or illness, you can claim for another other expenses you have incurred as a result, including lost earnings, expenses travelling to medical appointments, and the cost of care and help with everyday tasks.  

    Step 6 - Providing you with our valuation of your losses

    Once we have received all your medical reports, we can provide a valuation for your illness, injuries and associated losses.  We will send this to you along with your medical report. You then need to complete and sign the medical slip and schedule of losses and return them to us.

    Step 7 - Sending your valuation to the other party's insurer

    Once we have received your signed medical slip and schedule of losses, we send these to the defendant’s insurer and ask for their best offer to settle the case. Often the insurance company takes 4 – 6 weeks to get back to us.

    Step 8 - Negotiating the maximum settlement possible

    We work hard to achieve the maximum possible settlement for your case, which can take some time to negotiate. So we text and email you to keep you up to date with our progress.

    Step 9 - Issuing Court proceedings

    If the defendant’s insurer refuses to make a realistic offer, then we issue Court proceedings for a hearing.  It is very unlikely that you need to attend this hearing, so there’s no need to worry about it. 

    Step 10 - Sending you your compensation payment

    Once we receive your compensation payment from the defendant’s insurer, we let you know.  Most important of all, we send you your compensation payment straight away!

    How long does a claim take?

    Because the circumstances surrounding every claim and their effects are different, it’s very difficult to give a definitive answer on how long it takes to settle a claim.  Often it depends on how quickly our clients provide us with essential information, how quickly we can get medical records and assessments, and whether the insurance companies are willing to provide realistic offers to settle the claims.

    Whilst we aim to settle your claim as quickly as possible, we also want to ensure we secure the maximum compensation for you.  This often means we have to do some hard negotiation with the defendants – which takes extra time. Our aim is to balance progressing the claim as fast as possible with getting you the maximum settlement.

    We realise that you’ll be keen to know about the progress of your claim so we will send you regular emails and texts to keep you up to date, and also to remind you if there is any information we’re waiting for from you.