A trip away in a caravan should be a relaxing and enjoyable trip. Whether you use a campsite in the countryside or near the beach, you’d hope to stay in a safe environment. While that’s true in many cases, accidents at caravan sites can sometimes happen. Importantly, if you’ve been injured at a caravan site and somebody else was to blame, you could be compensated for your injuries. This guide explains how caravan site accident claims work and how much compensation you could be awarded.
We’re here to help if you’ve got questions about a making caravan site accident claim. If you call for a free review of your case, we’ll provide free advice on what action you could take. If it looks like you should be compensated, one of our personal injury solicitors will agree to manage your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. Therefore, legal fees don’t have to be paid upfront so you won’t need to worry about losing money if the claim fails.
Call 0800 6524 881 to discuss your claim with us today or read on for additional information about caravan site claims.
Table of contents
- What Is A Caravan Site Accident Claim?
- Am I Eligible To Make A Caravan Site Accident Claim?
- Examples Of Caravan Site Accident Claims
- Examples Of Injuries On Caravan Sites
- How Much Compensation For A Caravan Site Accident Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support A Caravan Site Accident Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Caravan Site Accident Compensation
- Starting The Caravan Site Accident Claims Process
Whether you’re staying in a static caravan park or a touring caravan, the operator of the site will have a legal duty of care to try and keep you as safe as possible. This means that they need to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of an accident on the caravan site.
Some examples of the way they can do this include:
- Checking the site regularly for safety risks and removing them where possible.
- Ensuring the caravan park’s speed limit is adhered to.
- Maintaining all equipment (including electric hook-ups) on site and repairing it when necessary.
- Ensuring any swimming facilities are clean and safe.
- Maintaining high hygiene standards in restaurants, clubs and bars.
- Ensuring any bathroom facilities are cleaned regularly.
If you’re injured on a caravan site because the operator was negligent, you could be eligible to claim compensation for your suffering.
Generally, to be eligible to make a caravan site accident claim you’ll need to prove that:
- The caravan site’s operator breached their duty of care through negligence; and
- An accident at the caravan site occurred; and
- You were made ill or suffered an injury because of the accident.
As we move through this guide, we’ll explain the types of negligence that might allow you to claim for a caravan site accident and the types of evidence you could use to support your case.
Yes, you could claim compensation if you were injured while working at a caravan park. Staff at a caravan park are owed a duty of care by their employers. This means they need to try and keep staff safe wherever possible. Therefore, you could claim compensation if your employer failed to train you properly, didn’t provide PPE where it was needed or provided tools that were not fit for purpose.
If you’ve suffered an injury on a caravan site because your employer was negligent, please call to discuss your claim.
In this section, we’ve provided some example scenarios involving the type of negligence that could lead to caravan site accident claims:
- Slips, trips, and falls. These are some of the most common accidents and can happen at a caravan park due to poorly maintained paths, wet floors without warning signs, uneven ground, cluttered areas, or unrepaired large potholes.
- Faulty equipment. If any equipment provided by the caravan site, such as bikes, playground equipment, or appliances in the caravan, is faulty or improperly maintained, resulting in an injury, you might have a claim.
- Inadequate maintenance. This can include accidents resulting from poorly maintained caravans or facilities at the site, for example, you were scalded because the shower’s thermostat was broken in a static caravan or cut by broken glass in a window that should have been reglazed.
- Fires or burns. If a fire breaks out due to the negligence of the site owners or if you’re burnt due to faulty cooking equipment, for example, you may be able to make a caravan site accident claim.
- Food poisoning. If you eat at the caravan site’s restaurant or canteen and contract food poisoning, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
- Swimming pool accidents. If the site has a pool, and there’s inadequate supervision or maintenance leading to injury, you could potentially claim compensation.
- Accidents during organised activities. If the caravan site organises activities which are not properly supervised or are unsafe, resulting in injury to a child or adult, this could also lead to a claim.
These are just a few examples of when you could claim compensation for a caravan site accident. Remember, to be eligible to claim, you’ll need to prove that you were injured and that the accident was caused by the site operator’s negligence.
In theory, it may be possible to claim for any type of injury caused by the negligence of the caravan park’s negligence. Some of the more common injuries might include:
Even if your injury isn’t described in this list, please call our team for a free consultation. If we believe you have a valid reason to claim, one of our specialist solicitors could manage your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
Your solicitor will be looking to secure compensation for any psychological, financial or physical suffering for your caravan site accident claim. To begin, they’ll calculate general damages. This part of the claim covers your physical and psychological injuries and any loss of amenity (the impact your injuries have on your normal activities).
The compensation calculator below provides some example compensation figures for various personal injuries:
Please note that these amounts are not guaranteed. Please only use them as guideline amounts at this point.
To understand the severity of your injuries, your solicitor will arrange for you to attend a medical assessment as part of your claim. This will be conducted by an independent medical expert. They’ll review the current state of your injuries, their impact and how they might affect you in the future. The specialist will send a report to your solicitor which will help them to work out how much compensation for general damages you might be due.
As well as general damages, you could claim special damages to help recoup any associated financial costs from the caravan site accident. These could include:
- Medical expenses including rehabilitation or physiotherapy costs.
- Care costs.
- Lost earnings (including future losses).
- Travel expenses.
- Personal property replacement costs.
- The cost of modifying your home to make accessibility easier if you’ve been left disabled by the accident.
It’s important not to forget about anything because you’ll usually only have one opportunity to claim. Therefore, to try and make sure that you’re fully compensated, your solicitor will review your case carefully before filing the claim.
Most claims against caravan sites get handed to the operator’s insurance company. They’ll process the claim on the defendant’s behalf but will only pay compensation if it can be proven their client is liable. Therefore, your solicitor will need to prove that your claim is valid by providing supporting evidence. This may include:
- Receipts or booking confirmations can confirm that you were a guest or worker at the site when the accident happened.
- Photographs taken at the caravan site accident scene that show the cause of your injuries.
- Accident report forms or any emails you sent to the site that can help to prove where and when the accident happened.
- X-rays and medical records from the hospital where your injuries were examined and treated.
- Financial records (bank statements, receipts etc) to confirm any costs linked to your injuries.
- CCTV footage of the accident recorded on a mobile phone, security camera, dashcam etc.
- Witness statements from anybody else who saw you get injured on the caravan site.
All of the above can improve your chances of being awarded compensation. If you don’t have everything we’ve listed above, do not worry as where possible your solicitor would try to find further information to support your claim if they agree to work for you.
To avoid missing out on any compensation you might be entitled to, you should be aware of the 3-year time limit for caravan site accident claims. In most cases, this will begin on the date of your accident, but we’d always advise contacting our advisors to ascertain this for you.
The earlier you start the caravan site accident claims process, the sooner you should receive your compensation if the claim is won. Also, beginning the claim early can make things a lot easier for your solicitor as they’ll usually have fewer problems finding the evidence to support your claim.
Caravan site accident claims that involve children still have a 3-year limitation period but it does not start until the child’s 18th birthday. Before then, you can claim on your child’s behalf as their litigation friend at any point.
If you’ve been injured following an accident on a caravan site, please call us to check if you could be entitled to compensation. Our advisors are available on 0800 6524 881. If you do get in touch, we’ll review your claim with you, explain your legal options and answer your questions.
You’re not obligated to start a claim after your consultation but if that’s something you would like to proceed with, your claim would be referred to one of our personal injury solicitors and managed from start to finish on a No Win No Fee basis.
Please call or use our live chat service if there’s anything further you’d like to know about caravan site accident claims.