Sometimes when Scots go abroad and sustain injury on their holidays the circumstances and consequences of the incident mean that they receive a great deal of sympathy, maybe even personal injury compensation, but sometimes neither of these consolations is likely to be forthcoming.
Consider the recent case of an as yet unidentified Scot who attended a bull fighting festival in Spain.
He was participating in Ciudad Rodrigo's Carnaval del Toro in Salamanca when a fed-up bull charged and gored him. Fortunately, it did not cause damage as serious as that suffered by an American fellow-festival-goer who sustained personal injuries to his thighs, back, sphincter and abdominal muscles.
"It's not the worst injury I've seen, but it's the biggest goring wound I've ever had to operate on," said Enrique Crespo, the surgeon who attended the American.
The two injured parties are unlikely to be able to claim any personal injury compensation for their respective plights, that is unless either of them were attending the festival as part of a UK-booked package holiday.
We can only hope that the Scottish traveller makes a full recovery and that next time he chooses to take a trip away from Scotland, he does something that is a little less dangerous.
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