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Accidents abroad FAQ

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Accidents abroad FAQ

Being injured while abroad is never easy, especially if you know that the accident was due to someone else's negligence. Our solicitors are experts in helping individuals claim compensation for their injuries. Call us now on freephone 0800 083 5045.

Common questions involving accidents abroad

A slippery hotel floor, terrible road conditions or a coach accident – there are many ways to become injured in an accident abroad. These are the frequently asked questions in regards to accidents abroad:

I had an accident whilst abroad. Do I have to find a solicitor from that country to represent me when making a claim for compensation?

Accidents can happen everywhere, including when on a holiday or working abroad. If you have been injured and it was due to someone else's negligence, you may have the right to compensation and you do not have to find a solicitor who resides in that country. Many cases are run out of the UK, however, we work with many agencies across the globe. So if you've been injured abroad, contact one of our expert solicitors to find out your legal position.

Can you help me claim compensation if I'm on holiday in the UK and slipped in a supermarket?

If you've been injured in the UK and the accident was someone else's fault, you may have the right to claim compensation, regardless of whether you were working, on holiday or going about your everyday business. We know the legal situation in the UK inside out and can help you claim the compensation you deserve.

We help clients with the following cases:

Contact us for free legal advice and to establish your legal situation.

Who is responsible for my accident abroad?

It depends on the nature of your accident. Let's look at a few examples:

  • Cruise ships: You are usually protected by the Athens Convention from 1974 relating to the carriage of passengers and their luggage by sea. If this is the case, your claim has to be made under the terms of your holiday contract and you have to prove that the injury was caused at least partly due to the negligence of the carrier, the crew, the holiday company or booking agent.
  • Individual holiday: Your claim will usually be made against the insurance company of the liable party, e.g. a hotel, a driver or a hospital.
  • Package holiday: Your claim may be made against the tour operator or travel agent.
  • Accidents at work

See Accidents at work for more information on the differences between package and individual holiday compensation claims. If you are unsure, who can be held responsible for your accident, contact us for free legal advice and to establish your full legal position.

I've been injured in a road traffic accident abroad. The other driver was to blame, however, I think it was also partly my fault. Can you represent my case?

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, even if you were partly responsible, you still may have the right to claim compensation. Common causes of road traffic accidents include:

  • Unclear signage
  • Reckless driving
  • Spillages which create a slippery surface

See Road Traffic Accidents Abroad for more information or contact us to establish your full legal position.

When can I make a personal injury claim?

If your injury is a result of someone else's negligence, you may have the right to make a claim for compensation. Even if you're not sure who is responsible for your injury or if you are partly at fault yourself, contact us to establish your full legal position.

What makes my claim successful?

Often, the cause of the accident can easily be established. However, we might need some evidence to help you with your claim. We will assist you in gathering the evidence you need.

How much time do I have to claim?

In the UK, although there are exceptions, the general time in which a claim should be made is three years. However, if your accident was abroad, different time limits may apply to different countries. It is therefore important that as soon as you are able to, you contact an expert solicitor who will advise you how long you have in which to make a claim.

What can I claim compensation for?

Compensation comes in two parts and is designed to put you in the same financial position that you would have been in if you hadn't had an accident as well as compensating you for your pain and suffering and impact on your everyday life. It therefore comes in two parts.

I've been injured in a road traffic accident abroad. The other driver was to blame, however, I think it was also partly my fault. Can you represent my case?

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, even if you were partly responsible, you still may have the right to claim compensation. Common causes of road traffic accidents include:

  • General damages: This is the amount received for pain and suffering and loss of refer to a sum that will be paid to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have had and any impact on your life.
  • Special damages: This is the amount you receive for any expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident, such as travel to medical appointments, loss of property, loss of earnings, rehabilitation costs, etc. It also covers any future losses, for example, if you are unable to work in the future because of the accident, lost future earnings will be taken into account, and if you have any future care costs, these will also be covered under special damages.

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