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Personal Injury Compensation Claims for Accidents Abroad

Introduction to Accidents Abroad
  Accidents, Illnesses and Injuries Abroad
Am I entitled to make a claim for an Accident Abroad?
  Examples of claims resulting from Accidents Abroad
What action should I take after my Accident Abroad?
  Collecting evidence after your Accident Abroad
News Stories we have published about Accidents Abroad
  Accident, Illness and Injury Claims Abroad we have dealt with
Accident Abroad Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start a claim for compensation after an Accident Abroad

Introduction to Accidents Abroad

Accidents, Illnesses and Injuries Abroad

If you have an accident or suffer an illness whilst abroad, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim, although a solicitor would need to review the circumstances in more detail before a definite decision could be made.

If you would like us to review the circumstances of your accident abroad and let you know if you are entitled to make an accident compensation claim contact us on 08000 224 224.

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Am I entitled to make a claim for an Accident Abroad?

Examples of claims resulting from Accidents Abroad

If you were working abroad at the time of the accident and the accident was the fault of your employer, you would be able to make a personal injury compensation claim using a solicitor based in the United Kingdom providing you were employed by a company based in the United Kingdom at the time or that employer has a registered office or place of business located in the UK.  This claim would be dealt with in the same way as any other claim for an accident at work.

Even if you are working for a foreign employer or organisation, you should still seek specialist legal advice as to the options that may exist to pursue compensation.

If you were abroad on holiday at the time, a personal injury solicitor in the United Kingdom would only be able to deal with the claim against the holiday company if the holiday was booked as part of a package deal through a travel agent in the United Kingdom. In addition to this, your accident would need to be the fault of the travel agent or their representatives (e.g hotel staff).

For example, if your accident was caused due to a badly maintained section of walkway in the hotel grounds you would be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim against your travel agent. You would also be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against your travel agent if you contracted a form of food poisoning from the hotel restaurant; however, you would not be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against your travel agent if your accident was caused due to a badly maintained pavement in a local town centre.

Equally, if an accident occurred whilst you were engaged in sports or activities that were arranged by you with independent operators in the holiday resort or location, there may be no liability under the Package Tour regulations regime. Potentially dangerous activities on the beach such as paragliding, banana boat rides, waterskiing or snorkelling and diving may not be covered under these regulations as they would not be part of the holiday package deal. One could try and sue the companies in the country they are based but separate detailed local legal advice would then need to be considered and this can be a difficult and costly process.  For more advice contact us on 08000 224 224.

To find out if you have a valid claim for compensation after suffering an accident, injury or illness abroad, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

Even if you have made your travel and accommodation arrangements personally without a tour or travel agent, it is still worth seeking specialist legal advice as to the options that may be available to you.

Even if you are travelling by plane, ship or trains abroad and have not reached your destination, there may be legal remedies available and again you should contact us so that you can be put in touch with specialist solicitors.

If you are involved in a road traffic accident abroad whether as a driver or passenger or whether in a car, taxi, coach or bus, it is possible that you may have a right to seek compensation if another party was to blame and is identifiable. One must in certain countries however seek medical attention immediately as this can be a pre requisite to compensation schemes in some countries. It is crucial to obtain details of all other persons involved. You must always report the matter to the police and retain all resulting paperwork.

For more information about whether we can help you with your compensation claim after an accident abroad, contact us on 08000 224 224.

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What action should I take after my Accident Abroad?

Collecting evidence after your Accident Abroad

To make a successful personal injury compensation claim, you would need to prove that another person was responsible for your personal injury.  In the case of an accident abroad this would normally be your travel agent or your employer.

To help your case, you should report the accident to your employer / your travel representative at the time, make a note of your accident in the accident book, take names and addresses of witnesses to the accident and if possible take photographs of the area where the accident happened.  You must also keep safely all of the travel documentation, receipts and paperwork including medical letters, receipts for treatment, hospital discharge letters or any other documentation relating to or arising from the holiday and injury.

If you are intending to claim expenses such as prescription costs and travelling expenses, remember to keep receipts as evidence.

If you would like us to review the circumstances of your accident abroad and let you know if you have a valid claim for compensation, contact us on 08000 224 224.

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News Stories we have published about Accidents Abroad

Accident, Illness and Injury Claims Abroad we have dealt with

In the past, we have published news stories on our website about claims we have dealt with for people who have been injured in accidents abroad.  To read a selection of these stories, follow the links below or to read all of the stories, visit our News Desk.

Holidaymaker’s health ruined by salmonella

Compensation for newlyweds in head-on crash

Holidaymaker loses two stone after food poisoning

Cruise liner pays £10,000 to holidaymaker

Holidaymaker receives compensation for airplane toilet injuries

Tour operator admits liability as e-coli wrecks a couple’s dream holiday

East Yorkshire woman secures compensation after anniversary cruise on the Queen Mary 2 turned into disaster

£28,000 payout for injured Swansea holidaymaker

Luxury cruise liner refuses compensation for injured pensioner

If you would like to know if we can help you make a claim for compensation for an accident, injury or illness you have suffered abroad, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Accident Abroad Compensation Claim Advice

How to start a claim for compensation after an Accident Abroad

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or illness whilst abroad, telephone us now for accurate claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim including claims originating from accidents, injuries or illnesses whilst abroad.  For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.

If your claim has to be pursued outside the Courts of England and Wales, different costs rules may apply. Each case will be reviewed on its own merits and appropriate advice will be provided before any costs are incurred.

Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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