Campsites and caravan parks have always been hugely popular for holidays and weekends away. During any holiday period, campsites often get very crowded with everybody trying to get away from the daily grind. With so many holidaymakers in one place, campsite owners have to be especially vigilant to make sure that the premises and all facilities are well maintained and safe for everybody to use. This includes visitors as well as campsite staff.
If the campsite or caravan park owner is negligent and you are injured as a result of this negligence, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. In this guide to campsite injury claims, we’ll explain when you might be eligible to claim compensation for such injuries and how much you might be awarded.
Our team can make the campsite injury claims process easier for you. They’ll start by checking whether you have the grounds to make a claim during a free consultation. Then they’ll explain your options and could partner you with one of our personal injury solicitors. If your case is accepted, you won’t need to pay your solicitor upfront as they’ll work for you on a No Win No Fee basis. Only if you’re compensated will you need to pay for their time and effort.
We’re ready to help right away if you’d like to claim for a campsite injury so call us on 0800 6524 881 today. Alternatively, you’ll hopefully find everything you need to know about the claims process throughout the rest of this guide.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Campsite Injury Claim?
- Campsite Owners’ Responsibilities
- Common Campsite And Caravan Park Accidents
- Examples Of Campsite Injuries You Could Claim Compensation For
- How Much Compensation For An Accident On A Campsite Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Campsite Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Campsite Injury Claims
- Starting A Campsite Injury Claim
It’s important to note that not all accidents and injuries on a campsite will mean you can claim compensation. You will need to show that, in some way, the operator of the campsite caused your accident to happen. Before they take on your claim, our solicitors will check whether:
- The operator of the campsite breached their duty of care by being negligent; and
- An accident or incident occurred because of that negligence; and
- You were injured on the campsite from the accident.
As explained in the next section, the campsite’s owner or operator will have a legal duty of care towards all guests, visitors and staff. When you call for your case to be reviewed for free, the advisor will assess whether the duty of care has been broken or not.
As mentioned above, campsite owners have a legal duty of care towards their visitors and staff. As part of this duty of care, they must put measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone on their premises.
A campsite owner’s duty of care towards their visitors would entail making sure that:
- All facilities and equipment are well maintained.
- Notices warning visitors of existing hazards such as slippery surfaces are easily visible.
- All electrical outlets are well insulated and shockproof.
- Impeccable hygiene is maintained in cooking and serving areas.
- There are sufficient medical first-aid kits on-site to attend to common injuries.
- The rules of the camping ground are properly displayed so no one can claim ignorance of the rules.
Duty of care towards the campsite staff includes a few additional safeguards such as:
- Providing staff with the appropriate training so they can stay safe while executing their duties.
- Providing staff with proper personal protective gear depending on their specific job.
When campsite or caravan park owners are negligent in their duty of care, it increases the chances of their visitors or staff getting injured. Of course, the same goes for visitors and staff who are also expected to respect the rules and be mindful of others who are also using the facilities.
The next thing to do will be to prove how you were injured on the campsite and who was responsible for the accident. We’ll explain what evidence could be used to do this, later on.
- Defective equipment or facilities.
- Food poisoning from issues with food hygiene.
- Injuries from broken equipment.
Whatever type of accident you’ve had, one of our advisors will assess whether you could be entitled to compensation if you call for a free consultation.
As per the criteria listed in the first section, campsite injury claims can potentially be based on any type of injury sustained in an accident caused by the operator or their staff. Some of the most common injuries our solicitors help with (not necessarily on campsites) include:
If you’ve been injured on a campsite and suspect you should be compensated, call for a free assessment of your case today.
The idea of personal injury compensation for an accident on a campsite is to help you recover. Any award you receive should be based on the pain you suffered following your accident (general damages) and any costs you incurred (special damages).
While it’s true that no two claims are exactly the same, in general, you could claim compensation to cover:
- The physical pain caused by your injuries from the campsite accident.
- Any effect your injuries had on your family life, hobbies, social activities and your holiday (loss of amenity).
- Any mental harm your injuries cause such as distress, depression or anxiety.
- The cost of having somebody (a friend, family member or carer) look after you while you were recovering.
- Any lost income.
- Any travel expenses such as fuel or parking costs linked to hospital appointments.
- Medical costs including the cost of private treatment.
- The cost of replacing items damaged or destroyed by the campsite accident.
- Future loss of earnings for longer-term injuries.
- Making changes at home or to your vehicle to give you a better quality of life if you’re left permanently disabled.
Our solicitors will always try to make sure all elements of your suffering are included in your campsite injury claim to try and make sure that any compensation received is fair.
We can’t say exactly how much compensation you might receive for your injuries until your claim has been assessed fully. However, the calculator that follows should give you some idea:
To ascertain the severity of your injuries, you’ll need a medical assessment as part of the campsite injury claims process. This will usually be conducted locally by an independent expert. After examining you and discussing how you’ve suffered, they’ll provide a report to outline your prognosis and your injuries.
Evidence is always important in any type of personal injury claim. It needs to show a) how your accident on the campsite happened, b) who was to blame and c) the injuries you sustained. The types of information that could help do so include:
- Photographs of the accident scene taken (safely) as soon as possible after the incident to help prove the cause of the accident.
- X-rays and medical reports from the hospital or doctors’ surgery that treated you.
- A copy of the campsite’s accident report form. This will help to prove where and when your accident occurred. If you weren’t offered a copy, it can be requested later on.
- CCTV footage of the accident if the area was covered by security cameras. This won’t be retained for long, though, so you should act quickly to secure CCTV recordings.
- Details of any witnesses who saw your campsite accident occur. If needed, your solicitor could contact them to request a statement of what they saw.
As part of the free consultation about your campsite accident claim, one of our specialists will review any evidence you can supply so please have it ready when you call.
You might already know that a 3-year time limit exists for personal injury claims. For most campsite injury claims, this will typically commence on the date of your accident. However, if your child was injured on a campsite, the limitation period does not apply. In this scenario, you have until their 18th birthday as a litigation friend to make a claim on their behalf.
It is often easier to secure evidence to support your claim if you begin the process sooner rather than later. Your solicitor will also have plenty of time to arrange for medical reports and could even secure an early (interim) payment to cover the cost of private medical treatment for your injuries.
The time it takes for compensation to be paid can vary. If the campsite owner accepts liability for your accident and injuries, your claim might be settled in less than 9-months. However, if more time is needed to prove who caused your accident or to understand the severity of your injuries, some claims can take more than a year.
The easiest way to take action for injuries sustained on a campsite is to call our team on 0800 6524 881. By doing so, your options will be assessed and you’ll receive free advice about your claim following a no-obligation consultation.
If there is a reasonable chance of winning your claim, it could be passed to one of our personal injury solicitors. To make the claims process much less stressful, they’ll operate on a No Win No Fee basis. That means no upfront solicitors fees and you will only have to pay for their work if you are paid compensation.
If you need to know anything else about campsite injury claims, please feel free to get in touch via our advice centre or our live chat service.