Need to make a serious accident abroad claim?
Each year, a large number of people have accidents abroad which spoil their holidays. Travel insurance can help with emergency medical care and can get you back to the UK if necessary, but travel insurance does not cover everything.
You may ask yourself – can I get compensation if I am injured in an accident while I am abroad on holiday? The answer is of course, it depends. Under UK law, if you are injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault, you may be entitled to accident abroad claim compensation. This is provided that you start your claim within three years of the date of your accident. It is different with accidents abroad because different countries have different legal systems and so it will depend on where you were injured and who was to blame for your injury.
Will I have to make my serious accident abroad claim for compensation in a foreign court?
Generally, compensation claims following accidents abroad should be dealt with in the country in which the accident occurred, but it depends on who was to blame for the accident. If you are injured in a hotel and the hotel was to blame, you would make an accident abroad claim for compensation from the hotel. That compensation claim would be made in the country where the hotel was situated.
However, it may be that the travel agent did not check that the hotel was safe and therefore they would share some of the blame. If that was the case, you may be able to set up an accident abroad claim for compensation from the travel agent, and if the travel agent was UK-based, that compensation claim would be made in the UK.
How do I claim compensation?
Although there is nothing to stop you making a compensation claim on your own, you are more likely to get the full amount of compensation that you deserve if you use the services of a professional law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline which will be able to advise you whether you have a valid compensation claim and make sure that your claim is presented in the best possible way.
Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) has been helping people secure compensation following an injury caused by an accident that was not their fault for over fifteen years. Its patron is TV presenter and consumer rights champion Esther Rantzen. The AAH legal team is made up of hundreds of solicitors. All of these solicitors operate on a no win, no fee* basis which means that you do not need to worry about unexpected legal bills eating into your compensation.
Amount of compensation
Generally, Accident Advice Helpline can process your claim via telephone. Claimants are not normally required to attend court in person, although you may need to attend a medical assessment to record your injuries. The amount of compensation you receive cannot be guaranteed because it varies depending on the circumstances of your claim. However, because the AAH legal panel contains experts who specialise in compensation claims, using Accident Advice Helpline gives you the best chance of getting the right outcome. Call their team on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.