Foreign travel is as popular as ever. Some people go abroad specifically to take part in certain activities or to enjoy them as part of a more general holiday. Typical activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, skiing, mountain biking or paragliding – the list is almost endless. Problems arise when activities abroad go wrong and an injury is sustained that results in costs being incurred to cover treatment, repatriation and loss of earnings.
Where the injury is life-changing there might be the expense of adapting the home and in certain instances, providing full- or part-time care. Even if the injury is less, serious time may be needed for recuperation, which could result in additional time off work and more loss of earnings.
It is in such cases that compensation claims for personal injury are often made. However, because the injury took place abroad, outside the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, making a claim may appear to be a daunting prospect. This is where expert legal advice is needed.
Who can the claim be made against when activities go wrong abroad?
Even though the activity that went wrong and led to the personal injury happened outside the United Kingdom, it may still be possible to take action in this country. If the trip or holiday booking was made and handled with a travel company based here in the UK, any claims can be made against it.
Alternatively, you could make the decision to seek compensation in the country where the personal accident took place. By seeking legal advice and assistance from solicitors experienced in dealing with this type of case, you will get advice on the best place to pursue the claim. This is important, because the jurisdiction where the case is heard could make a big difference to the amount of compensation that is likely to be received if the claim is successful.
In these types of cases it should be left to the experts to decide who to make the claim against. That is why, if you have been injured while engaging in an activity abroad, you should seek the legal expertise of specialists who have many years’ experience in this area of the law.
As with any compensation claim, it will be necessary to show that you were not responsible for causing the injury while engaged in the activity. It must be the result of the negligence of third party – for example, being given faulty equipment to go skiing with.
Your legal representative will gather the evidence to prove you have a case for compensation. The evidence will need to be strong enough to counter any defence from the individual or organisation being sued.
How much will it cost for you to make a claim for compensation?
If our legal experts believe you have strong case for a compensation claim, it will not cost you a penny to be represented. This is because we operate on a no win, no fee* basis. While, hopefully, you will win your case, if it goes against you, you will not be out of pocket.