Can I claim compensation for a slip and fall in a foreign hotel while abroad on vacation in Ireland?
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief
If you have been visiting Ireland from overseas, and sustain an injury due to a slip and fall in a foreign hotel while abroad on vacation in Ireland, you have exactly the same rights to injury compensation as a citizen of Ireland, provided that certain conditions are met.
The two primary conditions are that the slip and fall accident in the foreign hotel were due to the negligence of the hoteliers or their employees, and that you received professional medical attention for your injuries from an Irish doctor or at an Irish hospital.
If it can be proven that – due to a hotelier´s carelessness – you sustained an injury which warranted professional medical attention you should be eligible to make a claim for a slip and fall in a foreign hotel while abroad on holiday in Ireland.
The process for claiming compensation for a slip and fall accident in an Irish hotel is that you will need to submit an application for assessment to the Injuries Board. This can be done online – provided nobody under the age of eighteen has been injured – so there is no need to return to Ireland to initiate your claim.
The Injuries Board will write to the hotel asking them for consent to assess your claim for a slip and fall accident in an Irish hotel – effectively asking the hotel for an admission of liability – and, provided that consent is received, will continue with their assessment based on the medical report from the Irish doctor or hospital you attach to your application for assessment.
Once their assessment is concluded, the Injuries Board will write to both you and the hotel with a “Notice of Assessment” and, provided you both agree with how much compensation for a slip and fall accident in foreign hotel has been assessed for your injuries, the Injuries Board will issue an “Order to Pay” and the hotel´s insurers will send you a cheque for your damages.
Should consent to process your assessment be denied, or how much compensation for a slip and fall accident in foreign hotel you are entitled to be disputed, you will need to engage a solicitor to help you negotiate a suitable settlement of compensation for slip and fall in foreign hotel while abroad on vacation in Ireland with the hotel´s insurers or pursue a claim for lip and fall in foreign hotel while abroad on holiday in Ireland through the Irish court system.
As completing and submitting an application for assessment to the Injuries Board can be confusing when English is your first language, it might be of considerable benefit to you to contact a personal injury solicitor at the first practical opportunity to guide you through the process.