As Wimbledon families jet off this summer many return with nothing worse than mild sunburn.

But for others there are hidden dangers lying in wait in every resort that can catch out the unwary tourist.

In the last eight years, more than 26,000 Brits have ended up in A&E abroad after being injured through violence, illness or accidents according to Foreign Office stats.

This summer you might want to be on guard against Camel ride accidents, crocodiles, Henna tattoos and Legionnaires disease.

Nick Harris Head of Travel at the Broadway based Simpson Millar solicitors said: “Accidents that can easily be avoided are still happening.

“Tourists often let their guard down while enjoying the sun abroad and that is when disaster strikes. For most of us, as soon as we step onto the plane we are on holiday mode and people let their hair down. People behave differently and that is when they may get in trouble.

"There are lots of hazards about and certain countries seem to have more than their fair share of accidents. People let their hair down and when something happens it can have life changing consequences.

“Luckily people who have been injured in an accident on a package holiday have up to three years to get legal assistance. Things we take for granted in the UK may not apply abroad – the safety standards that exist overseas are sometimes not as stringent as back home. You need to be on guard and keep your wits about you or you can easily end up in hospital. "

He says this year’s most likely accident hotspots countries are Spain, Canary Islands, Greece and Turkey.

A handy map compiled in conjunction with Simpson Millar solicitors shows some of the biggest problems that tourists may face at the most popular holiday destinations this summer.

Nick says he has dealt with dozens of people getting injured before even arriving on holiday with burns from scalding drinks on the plane or being injured by unsecured cabin bags in overhead lockers hitting them on take-off or landings.

He said: “This can end a holiday before it has even started so make sure you keep aware of your surroundings.”

In Spain, the Costas and Balearics tourists need to beware of toddlers drowning in pools at the start and end of their holidays and also walking into glass balcony doors which can cause horrific injuries.

Also be on the lookout for ‘highway pirates’ – criminals posing as cops to rob tourists on motorways and at service areas.

Those travelling to Greece and Cyprus need to be wary of the road as the countries have some of the highest driving death rates in Europe.

Nick added: “Unfortunately accidents in hotel resorts and waterparks are quite common and sometimes they leave horrific injuries for life. I have one victim who was injured on a waterslide who is still unable to walk properly or return to work six years later.

“People also regularly get injured by slipping while walking on the grounds or in the lobby or on walkways in their resorts.

“Long haul destinations like Mexico are still developing countries so they come with all kinds of problems and risks.

"Crimes rates are typically much higher and as people are relaxing on holiday they often let their guard down and that is when criminals strike. If you are on a package holiday it is the travel company’s responsibility to look after you and this includes ensuring that you are reasonably safe.

"If you have an accident or something happens make sure you keep a note of everything that happens and get photos or video evidence if you can. You have up to three years from the time of an incident to make a claim if you are on a package holiday.”