Turkey Personal Injury Claim Time Limit – How Long Do I Have To Claim Compensation – Limitation Period For A Personal Injury Claim In Turkey?

Time Limits To Make A Turkey Holiday Compensation Claim

Turkey holiday accident limitation periods guide

Turkey holiday accident limitation periods guide

If you had an accident in Turkey and someone else was to blame and could be held liable for your injuries, you may be looking into making an accident claim. Whether you suffered a slip, trip or fall, a car accident, a watersport accident in Turkey, or a holiday illness,  you may be wondering what the limitation periods in Turkish law are, and how long you’d have to make a claim for Turkey holiday compensation if you could claim under UK law, which, in some cases, you may be entitled to do.

In the guide below, provides information on time limits in Turkey for claims under Turkish law. We’ll also go through the types of claims that could be heard in the UK where a British based entity could be held liable for your injuries. In addition to this, we’ll show you where to go to get help and support, and how Accident Claims UK could help you make a claim for compensation for your injuries and the costs you incurred.

If at any point while reading this guide, you’d like us to explain anything further, simply call us on 0800 073 8801. Otherwise, we hope the information contained below provides you with the answers you’re looking for.

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A Guide To Injury Claim Limitation Periods In Turkish Law

Claiming for an accident in Turkey could be fairly simple, or it could be quite complicated, depending on whether liability is disputed, or which country’s laws apply to your claim. Using a personal injury lawyer based in the UK could be an option, even if you are claiming under Turkish law, which may be of benefit to you. Below, we take a look at the limitation periods in Turkish law, as well as looking at what kind of claims could be brought under UK law. We’ll look at the difference between both types of claims, and what you may need to know before you bring a case against a third party.

Whether you had a Turkey beach accident, been injured at a hotel, or suffered injuries in a tourist bus accident in Turkey, if someone else was at fault, and they could be held liable for your injuries, you could claim compensation for your accident in Turkey. If you’d like to know more, you can always call our team for free, no-obligation advice.

What Is A Holiday Injury Or Illness In Turkey?

Going on holiday to Turkey is something that thousands of British residents do every year. As a popular tourist destination, it offers great weather, lots of activities and sights to see, from watersports to swimming or sunbathing. There are a plethora of hotels in Turkey to choose from with many people enjoying their holidays in this part of the world. However, there may be some instances when things go wrong, and you could be injured in an accident in Turkey that was not your fault. A car accident could leave you with anything from whiplash, to head injuries, or life-changing damage to your spine, neck or other parts of the body.

Essentially, if you are able to prove someone else was at fault for an accident in Turkey, you could make a claim for:

  • A Turkey bus accident
  • A hotel accident in Turkey
  • An accident on the plane
  • A Turkey boat accident
  • An accident while travelling to your hotel
  • A slip, trip or fall in Turkey
  • A Turkey car accident
  • An airport accident
  • A swimming pool accident
  • Food poisoning
  • And more…

Enforcement Of Litigation In Turkish Law

Should you want to file a personal injury claim under Turkish law, it is important to understand how liability attributed to a defendant is established under the Turkish legal system. When it comes to personal injury claims, litigation is set out under what is known as ‘tort law’ as well as the ‘Turkish Obligation Code’.

For a defendant to be held liable, four conditions must be met. These are as follows:

  • Acts against the law were committed
  • Damage was caused
  • There was a ‘causal relationship’ between action and damage caused
  • Negligence was a contributing factor

How Will My Claim For An Accident In Turkey Be Handled?

Whether you’re considering pursuing a holiday injury claim or a holiday illness claim, you may be wondering how you could go about it and whether or not it would even be possible to bring a case against a third party for an accident in Turkey. You may think that you would have to search for a lawyer based in Turkey to handle your claim.

In many instances, it may be possible for claimants to use a solicitor based in the UK when claiming compensation for an accident in Turkey. If you were involved in a package holiday accident, or an airport accident in the UK, then pursuing a claim in Turkey would not be necessary. The reason being you would be claiming against a UK-based company.

Should your case fall within the limitation periods under Turkish law, a UK-based lawyer may be able to handle your claim. Employing the services of a UK-based personal injury solicitor would make things easier because there would be no language barrier. It could make arranging a meeting with your solicitor in the UK easier too, logistically speaking.

To find out more on how to find a UK-based personal injury lawyer, please give us a call today.

What Are The Differences Between Claims In The UK And Turkey?

The time limits for personal injury claims for could vary depending on the type of claim being made. For example, a package holiday accident in Turkey could be filed under UK law, as per the Package Travel Regulations. However, if you are pursuing a Turkey accident claim under Turkish law, the country’s limitation periods would apply.

These time limits are provided in more detail in the table found further down this page. However, it is important to understand one critical detail which is that under Turkish law, as well as the 2-year limit from the date of discovery or the date of an incident, there is a further limit of 10 years. In short, if you did not discover the injury until 10 years had elapsed, you would not be able to claim. An example being that should you be diagnosed as suffering from a medical condition linked to the injury sustained in Turkey 10 years after the incident occurred, your claim would be time barred.

On top of this, compensation settlements may also differ from those in the UK which is covered further down the page.

Turkey Holiday Accident Compensation Claim Time Limits

If you want to seek compensation for an accident that occurred outside of the United Kingdom which includes filing a accident in Turkey claim or an illness claim, the time limits associated with your case may differ to those in the UK and as such, it is important to familiarise yourself with the deadline so that your case is not time-barred.

The best course of action is to seek advice from a UK-based personal injury solicitor as soon as possible so they can advise you on whether your have enough time left to pursue a claim for compensation against a negligent third party.

Below are time limits associated with litigation in Turkey and the United Kingdom:

Circumstances Limitation Period
On a package holiday booked through a UK tour operator 3 Years from the date of the incident
During a privately booked holiday to Turkey Usually 2 years from the date of the incident, or the date of discovery, whichever is later. However, there is an upper limit of 10 years for discovery of injuries that relate to a Turkish holiday accident. Please get confirmation from a lawyer as time limits can very.
Because of criminal activity in Turkey This could vary, depending on which laws were involved
Any other circumstances Contact the Accident Claims UK team

If you would like to discuss your case with a legal expert, please contact one of the panel of solicitors today.

Turkish Holiday Personal Injury Compensation Calculator

The amount of compensation you may receive if you make a successful personal injury compensation claim in Turkey, whether you were involved in an accident, or your fell ill would depend on several things including the following:

  • The severity of an illness or injury – an example being that you would be awarded more in the way of compensation for a severe back injury than you would for a mild bout of food poisoning
  • The amount you are awarded in compensation would also factor in how your injury or illness negatively impacts you life. If your injuries or illness are life-threatening, you would be awarded more than if you were able to make a full recovery in a relatively short period of time
  • How you financial situation was impacted by the illness or injury

The table below provides examples of compensation for injuries in Turkey you could be awarded, For a more accurate idea of how much you could receive, please give one of our personal injury solicitors.

Injuries Guideline Payouts Notes
Fractures to the fingers Up to £34,480 These cold lead to partial amputation, grip or function loss and deformaties.
Injuries to the Legs £51,460 to £85,600 These could be considered to be very serious – they could lead to permanent issues with mobility which may require the claimant to use mobility aids.
Injuries to the knee £13,920 to £24,580 These could be considered to be moderate – dislocations, tears to the meniscus or cartilage, leading to some instability in the knee joint. 
Injuries to the ankles £12,900 to £24,950 These could be considered to be moderate – fractures or tears to the ligament leading to the claimant having difficulties getting up the stairs or traversing uneven ground.
Injuries to the arms £7,410 to £11,980 These could be considered to be moderate – limited movements from frozen shoulders or persisting soft tissue injuries that last over 2 years but aren’t permanent.
Hip/pelvic injuries £73,580 to £122,860 Extensive pelvic fractures which could result in a requirement for spinal fusion. There could also be bladder or bowel control problems that remain as residual disabilities. 

It would be prudent to mention, however, that these amounts are only guidelines because your injuries would need to be assessed by an independent medical professional to determine the severity and to calculate the level of compensation you may receive. If your injuries don’t appear in the table above, and you’d like to know the guideline payout amount for your injuries, call our team of personal injury solicitors who would provide this information over the phone.

Special Damages You Could Claim If Injured Abroad In Turkey

You may think that your Turkey holiday compensation payout would only cover your suffering and pain. However, your claim could also include compensation for the costs and losses you incurred or are likely to likely to incur. These are known as special damages and could include:

  • Actual loss of earnings – if you’ve lost pay because of your time off sick recovering from your injuries, you could claim loss of earnings
  • Predicted loss of earnings – if your injuries require you require future treatment that would require you to be off work, or you are rendered unable to return to your work, future loss of earnings could also be included as part of your claim
  • Care costs – if you need care at home, then care costs could also be claimed for as special damages
  • Medical costs – medical aids, prescription fees, physiotherapy and other medical expenses not covered by the NHS may also be included in your claim
  • Travel costs – whether you are required to attend medical appointments which involves incurring travel costs, or you incur higher costs of travelling to work via public transport or taxi because your injuries prevent you from driving, these costs could also be claimed for

Should you have incurred costs not mentioned above, you can get clarification on whether they could be included within a claim by calling our helpline.

How Are Damages Estimated In Turkish Law?

If you are not claiming under UK Package Travel Regulations, your case might be heard in a Turkish court as long as you are within the limitation periods in Turkish law to pursue a claim. The way damages may be calculated could be different than in the UK.

When it comes to physical damage/death, the Court of Cassation, along with the CFM usually use PMF 1931 – a life table that lists compensation guidelines, while in other cases, the TRH 2010 life table may be referred to.

If compensation for a fatality applies to a claim, the life expectancy of the deceased party, their income losses which could deprive dependants of financial support, together with funeral costs may be factored into the compensation awarded. If a person is disabled, however, even temporarily, possible income losses, medical treatment costs, and the disability ratio could be factored in to a compensation amount.

If you’d like to learn more about how compensation through Turkish courts may vary to UK-based claims, then please do not hesitate to call us.

No Win No Fee Turkish Holiday Injury And Accident Claims

Did you want to make a personal injury claim for compensation, but you thought the cost of retaining the services of a personal injury lawyer would be too costly? With No Win No Fee claims, you do not have to pay anything upfront, and you only have to pay a ‘success fee’ when your claim reaches its conclusion.

By signing a Conditional Fee Agreement, you would consent to pay the lawyer out of the compensation you are awarded, which would be a percentage agreed in the agreement. The lawyer would then take on your claim, and once they achieve a settlement for you, the ‘success fee’ would be deducted from the amount you are awarded, with the remainder being paid to you. If a lawyer does not secure compensation for you, you would not be required to pay them this fee.

These arrangements are  often referred to as No Win No Fee claims, and at Accident Claims UK, we could provide you with a personal injury solicitor who works to this payment structure. In short, it allows you to begin a claim without paying upfront for legal assistance. If you would like to learn more about this type of claim, our team of solicitors are here to answer any questions you may have.

Why Choose Us To Handle Your Accident Abroad Claim?

Are you wondering how to get started on a claim? Why not let Accident Claims UK help you? If you contact our team, we’ll be able to discuss your options, and assess whether or not you could have a valid claim for compensation. We can answer any questions you might have and the advice we provide is free and comes with no obligation to make use of our services. If your Turkey holiday compensation claim is considered valid by our trained advisers, we’ll then offer to provide you with a lawyer who is capable of building a case for compensation on your behalf. Again, you do not have to take us up on this offer, but we are proud of the quality of the solicitors we work with, and we’re sure, like many previous clients, you will be delighted with the legal services we provide.

Start Your Turkish Holiday Accident Claim

If you are ready to start a claim for your accident in Turkey or have further questions, we are here to help. Simply contact our team and we’ll do all that we can to get you the right advice and support regarding your claim. You can reach us:

Via email – office@accidentclaims.co.uk

Via Telephone – 0800 073 8801

Through Live Chat

Or by filling in our contact form

Our advisors are ready and waiting to help you and offer free advice, so why not get in touch?

Essential References For Tourists Injured Abroad

Falls, Slips, Or Trips – If you’re considering making a claim for an accident in Turkey because of a trip, slip or fall, this guide might help.

Restaurant Accidents – If you have suffered an accident in a restaurant, our restaurant claims guide might be of assistance.

Accidents In Turkey – If you’ve been injured in Turkey our general guide on making accident claims for incidents that have occurred there might be helpful.

Embassy Assistance And Medical Information

The British Embassy In Ankara

British Embassy Ankara

Şehit Ersan Caddesi 46/A

Tel: +90 312 455 33 44

Website: https://www.contact-embassy.service.gov.uk/?country=Turkey&post=British%20Embassy%20Ankara

The NHS Guide To Health In Turkey –  This page tells you about what you may need to know about healthcare before you travel to Turkey.

Turkey Travel Advice – The GOV website shows information regarding travel to. Turkey.

More Advice On Health In Turkey – Here is some more information on what you need to consider with regards to your health when travelling to Turkey.

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Article by Jo