If you’re looking for international injury solicitors for your overseas injury compensation claim, this guide could help you understand all you need to know about making a claim for personal injury overseas. Whether you’ve suffered injuries in one of the many overseas holiday accidents that occur each year, or you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident abroad while away on business, there is information contained in the sections below that could help you.
How An International Injury Solicitor Could Help You Make An Overseas Injury Compensation Claim
Not only do we offer insight into the types of accidents that could lead to a claim, from an injury on a cruise ship to a car accident abroad, but we also show you how international injury solicitors could help you begin these types of personal injury claims.
Overseas claims could be tricky to navigate alone, but with the help of our solicitors, you could have someone in your corner who could fight for overseas injury compensation on your behalf. effectively taking the stress of claiming from your shoulders so you could concentrate on recovering from your injuries and looking forward to the future. To benefit from our free expert advice and eligibility checks, you can call us for free on 0800 073 8801.
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- A Guide To Overseas Injury Compensation Claims
- What Is An Overseas Injury Compensation Claim?
- Overseas Injury Compensation For Accidents On Holiday
- Overseas Road Traffic Injury Compensation
- Overseas Air Travel Injury Compensation
- Overseas Package Holiday Injury Compensation
- Overseas Cruise Ship Injury Compensation
- Overseas Work Injury Compensation
- Overseas Slip, Trip And Fall Injury Compensation
- Overseas Illness Compensation
- Overseas Injury Compensation Limitation Periods
- How Do I Claim For An Overseas Accident?
- Do I Need A Lawyer Based Overseas?
- Overseas Injury Compensation Claims Calculator
- Special Injury Claim Damages
- No Win No Fee Overseas Injury Compensation Claims
- Start Your Overseas Injury Claim
- Essential References
If you’re looking to find international injury solicitors for an overseas injury compensation claim, the likelihood is that you or someone you’re responsible for has had an accident abroad.
Whether you’ve been working abroad and an injury has resulted from unsafe working conditions, or you’ve had a flight accident, a road accident, or been injured on a cruise ship, an international injury solicitor could help make sense of complex legal matters involving a personal injury overseas. They could handle a claim on your behalf and fight for the compensation you deserve for your accident while abroad.
In this guide, we offer a wealth of information regarding overseas claims. We explain the types of situation that could lead to you making a claim, as well as provide insight into how overseas injury solicitors based in the UK could help you. We explain the different restrictions to claiming, including the overseas injury claim time limit that could apply to your claim. We also offer some advice as to how to make sure you have all the legal support you may be looking for, without having to pay for it upfront.
An overseas injury compensation claim is a claim that is made for an injury you’ve sustained abroad which was not your fault. You might be making a claim for:
- An accident on holiday, such as a slip, trip or fall, a water sports accident, or a balcony accident, for example
- A road traffic accident abroad as a driver, passenger, motorcyclist or even as a pedestrian or cyclist
- An air travel accident
- A cruise ship accident
- An overseas work accident
- A package holiday accident
- An overseas illness
International injury solicitors could help with a wide variety of overseas injury compensation claims and what may surprise you is that not all claims would be made under international law. Many claims for personal injury for accidents abroad could be made under UK law. However, even if your case was heard under international law, a UK-based solicitor could help you make a claim. We explain this in more detail further on in this guide.
A holiday is meant to be a pleasant experience, but if you’ve been injured on holiday in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may have lost out on some of the enjoyment of your holiday. If you were involved in a serious accident abroad, you might even have been left with injuries that remain a long time after you’ve returned home.
Common holiday accident claims that overseas injury solicitors could help with could include:
- Hotel accident claims
- Sporting activity accident claims
- Swimming pool injury claims
- A slip, trip or fall claim
- Food poisoning/allergy claims
- Road traffic accident claims
Depending on the type of travel booked and whether your holiday was booked as a package, via a UK-based operator and other factors, you may be able to claim under UK law. Whether your case comes under UK or international law, our international injury solicitors could help you claim compensation. To find out how you could begin a claim, simply call us for a free case assessment and we’ll offer advice based on your specific circumstances.
There are 1.35 million road deaths every year globally. There are many different types of road accidents that you could claim for, such as:
- Coach accidents
- Bus accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Cyclist accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
Depending on who was at fault for the accident and what laws your case is heard under, liable parties could include:
- Your car rental company
- Your package holiday provider
- A transport company
- Your insurance company
The Fourth Directive
Before 31st December 2020, if you were injured in a road traffic accident abroad and were from the UK, and the accident occurred in an EEA member state, you could have been able to claim compensation in your country of residence through the fourth directive.
From 1st January 2021, for accidents that occurred afterwards, Rome II was incorporated into UK law via The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgment (Amendment) EU Exit Regulations 2019. Essentially, UK courts aren’t bound by the decisions of the European Court of Justice.
In some cases, however, where the at-fault driver is untraceable or uninsured, your claim could be made through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. However, this is only for accidents where proceedings were brought before 31st December 2020.
Our international injury solicitors could help you ascertain the most appropriate way of making a claim for your accident abroad, and could help you achieve the maximum payout possible for your claim.
Many people travel abroad by air, and while it is considered to be one of the safest ways to travel, accidents could happen, and they could cause a range of injuries. While you may consider travel claims of this type to be appropriate where there was a problem on the plane, you could also claim for injuries sustained in the airport too. Our international injury solicitors could help you claim overseas injury compensation for:
- Slips, trips or falls getting on or off the airplane
- In-flight meal allergic reactions or food poisonings caused by negligence
- Flight accidents – these could include trolley accidents, injuries caused by unexpected turbulence, overhead locker accidents and more
- Airport slip, trip or fall accidents
- Airport shop accidents
- Food poisoning incidents at the airport
- Airport food allergic reactions
These are just a few examples. If you have sustained injuries or fallen ill due to an airport accident or incident that was not your fault, you may be able to launch a claim. To find out who you could claim against, why not get in touch and we’ll assess your case for free to let you know how to begin your claim?
If you are injured on a package holiday in any of the ways we mentioned in the holiday section above, you may be able to claim compensation from the UK tour operator that sold you your holiday. The Package Travel, Package Holiday, and Package Tour Regulations 1992 could allow you to do so if your travel is booked as a package.
To be able to claim under these regulations, you must have booked a travel deal including 2 or more of the following:
- Other tourist services such as excursions that are part of your trip
If you believe your holiday was booked as a package and you’ve been injured or fallen ill due to no fault of your own, our international injury solicitors could make an overseas injury compensation claim on your behalf from the tour operator.
Have you sustained a cruise ship injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Whether you’ve been hurt in a slip, trip or fall accident, suffered food poisoning or illness due to poor sanitation, or been injured due to poor upkeep and maintenance of the cruise ship’s fittings and fixtures, you could claim compensation.
Usually, such claims are governed under the Athens Convention, which covers certain cases of accidents while at sea.
If you suffer personal injury, damage or loss due to negligence by the cruise ship operator, then you could make a claim. Our international injury solicitors could help you.
Working abroad injury claims could be considered somewhat of a complex area of the law. Usually, claims fall into one of the below categories:
- You’re working overseas for a company based in Wales, Scotland or England. In such cases, you could claim compensation from your employer if they have breached their duty of care towards you when it comes to your health and safety. Your claim could be governed under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in such cases.
- You are working abroad for a company that is based in a country outside of the UK. In these cases, it would be a wise idea to call us for an assessment of your case so we could ascertain whether there is a route to compensation for you.
Whatever your injury or accident, we could provide you with free advice and a no-obligation of your case. We’d be happy to connect you with an international injury solicitor to help you make a claim for compensation if we believe you could have a valid claim.
Slip, trip and fall injuries could be considered one of the more common types of injury sustained in accidents abroad. Whether you have fallen in a hotel due to unsafe flooring, while disembarking an aircraft due to unsafe steps, or fallen from a balcony that wasn’t secure, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries with the help of international injury solicitors. Overseas injury compensation for such accidents could be claimed from parties such as:
- Your package tour operator
- A private business, such as a hotel or restaurant
- An airport operator
If you’re not sure who you could make a personal injury claim against, we could help. One simple call could provide us with all we need to know to ascertain whether you could claim.
If you’ve suffered food poisoning because of unhygienic food storage, preparation or handling methods in the UK, you could make a claim for compensation. The same could be true if you suffer food poisoning abroad.
Likewise, allergic reaction claims could also be made both in the UK and for incidents abroad if someone else’s negligence had led you to suffer such a reaction.
In addition to this, you could also make a claim for poor hygiene and sanitation in swimming pools, on cruise ships and on flights if it could be proven that you’ve suffered illness as a direct result of this.
Whether you are claiming against a private business, a package tour operator, an airline or an airport operator, we could help you get the compensation you deserve if you’ve fallen ill overseas.
The overseas injury claim time limit could differ depending on what type of claim you are making. Here, we provide some insight into the personal injury claims time limit for a variety of claims, but if you’re not sure which applies to you, please call us for clarification.
|Type of claim||Time limit|
|Cruise ship (Under the Athens Convention)||2 years from the accident date|
|Package holiday accidents under UK law||3 years from the accident date|
|Claim against a private business abroad||Varies depending on country and situation – call for advice|
|Claim under the Montreal Convention for flight accidents||2 years from the accident date|
Making a claim for an overseas accident could be tricky to do alone. In some cases, it may be difficult to work out who you could claim against, while in others, you might worry about a language barrier with the liable party. This could put off some claimants who may feel the process would be too stressful.
One way to potentially make the process less stressful could be to use the services of our international injury solicitors. Overseas injury compensation claims are something our lawyers have experience with.
We’d be happy to assess your case to see if you could claim, and then help you to seek the compensation you deserve. Whether you are claiming under UK or international law, our lawyers could take on the legwork of proving your case and fighting for the maximum compensation payout possible. This way, you could concentrate on your recovery.
You may assume that for you to be able to make a personal injury claim for an accident abroad, you’d have to use a personal injury solicitor based in the country of the accident. However, this is not necessarily the case. You could use an international injury solicitor to help you if you have had an accident abroad and want to make a claim.
Our international injury solicitors could help with overseas injury compensation claims for a variety of different accidents in a variety of different countries. Whether you’re looking for an international personal injury solicitor to help you claim for a car accident abroad, a holiday accident abroad or a workplace accident that has happened in another country, you could rely on our solicitors to take on your claim for you on a No Win No Fee basis. Using a UK-based solicitor could mean there is no language barrier, and that you could visit their offices in person much more easily than you could if your lawyer was based abroad.
If you’d like to learn more about our international injury solicitors, we’d be happy to help. Simply get in touch with our advisors and we’ll assess your case to find out whether you could claim. Our solicitors could fight for the compensation you deserve for an accident abroad.
If you’re looking for an accident abroad compensation calculator, you might be surprised to see that we have not included one on this page. A personal injury claims calculator would be unable to give you any more than a very rough guess at how much your claim could be worth, as it would be unable to measure the severity of your injury and the facts surrounding your case.
This is why we have created the table below. The figures you see in this table come from the Judicial College Guidelines. This publication could be used by legal professionals and the courts to determine an appropriate value for your overseas injury compensation claim. If your injury isn’t listed below, we could provide more information by telephone.
|Injury Kind||Compensation Bracket||Further Information|
|Moderate Brain Damage (iii)||£40,410 - £85,150||Memory and concentration would be affected and the injured party’s ability to work would be reduced. In addition, there would be a risk of epilepsy, but only a small one, and the dependence of the injured party on others would be limited.|
|Minor eye injury||£3,710 - £8,200||Where vision may be temporarily disturbed, and there may have been pain initially. This could result from a strike to the eye, exposure to liquids or fumes.|
|Chest injury (d)||£11,820 - £16,860||A single penetrating wound that caused some permanent tissue damage but didn’t have a significant effect on lung function could be included here, as could other relatively simple injuries.|
|Non-traumatic injury causing illness (ii)||£8,950 - £18,020||Short lived serious episodes of food poisoning, causing vomiting and diarrhoea diminishing over a period of 2-4 weeks. There would be some impact on food enjoyment and sex life over a few years as well as disturbed bowel function and discomfort.|
|Neck Injuries – Moderate (i)||£23,460 - £36,120||Dislocations/fractures that could cause severe symptoms immediately, and necessitate spinal fusion.|
|Back Injuries – Moderate (ii)||£11,730 - £26,050||A lot of frequently encountered back injuries could feature here if they are caused by a disturbance of muscles and ligaments and cause backache.|
|Shoulder injuries – Minor (i)||£4,080 - £7,410||Considerable pain from soft tissue damage in the shoulder but with complete recovery within 2 years.|
Using international injury solicitors to claim overseas injury compensation could mean you don’t miss out on any of the damages you are eligible to claim. Not only could you be compensated for the injury you’ve sustained, but you could also receive damages for the financial costs of your injury. These could include:
- Costs of care – if you’ve been in need of home care to help you with dressing or washing, the costs of such care could be claimed.
- Medical costs – if you’ve had to pay for medical treatments such as medicines, physiotherapy or counselling that the NHS couldn’t cover, you could claim for the costs of such medical treatments.
- Travel expenses – have you needed to pay for travel for appointments with your personal injury lawyer, or to attend medical appointments? If so, such costs could also be claimed.
- Income losses – have you been unable to work due to your injuries and lost out on income? If so, you could also claim for loss of earnings
If you’ve sustained any expenses due to your injuries, you would need to provide evidence of them in order to include them within your claim. If you are unable to provide documentary evidence, such as payslips, bank statements or receipts, for example, you may miss out on compensation you could have been eligible to claim.
Making a claim under No Win No Fee terms is something you could do when you work with our international injury solicitors on your overseas injury compensation claim. What this means is that you wouldn’t be asked to pay your solicitor their fee upfront. Instead, the personal injury solicitor working on your behalf would ask you to sign a Conditional Fee Agreement, which effectively acts as a promise to pay them a success fee if they achieve a payout for you.
Once you sign the agreement, your personal injury lawyer would build your case and negotiate for compensation on your behalf. If your case goes to court, they could support you through the process. Once your compensation payout had been arranged, the success fee would be taken from the payout and the rest would go to benefit you. The success fee you’d pay in these cases is capped and represents a small percentage of your total payout.
But what happens if your personal injury solicitor doesn’t get you any compensation? In these cases, you might be pleased to learn that you would not be asked to pay the success fee.
If you would like to learn more about claiming under No Win No Fee terms, we have created a guide to help you. If you have any questions or would like to see if you could begin a claim under these terms, please don’t hesitate to call us.
If you’re looking for international injury solicitors for your overseas injury compensation claim, we’d be delighted to help you. Here at Accident Claims UK, we could provide information and guidance to claimants looking to make a wide variety of overseas claims. We could check your eligibility to claim and connect you with one of our overseas injury solicitors to help you if you have a valid claim. To ask us anything about our services or your claim, simply:
- Call the Accident Claims UK helpline: 0800 073 8801
- E-mail the team at email@example.com
- Use our live chat
- Or, complete our contact form.
Claiming For A Holiday Accident Abroad – Here, we offer insight on making a claim for compensation for a holiday accident abroad.
Work Abroad Injury Claims Guide – Here, you can find out how to make a working abroad injury claim.
Road Accident Abroad Case Study – You can find a case study for an overseas road accident here.
Support For British Nationals Abroad – Here, you can read a government publication that covers the support available for British Nationals abroad.
Information About Working Abroad – This government guidance gives you information on working in the EU.
Information About Living Abroad – Another set of guidance from the government covers living abroad.
If you have any questions about international injury solicitors and overseas injury compensation, why not get in touch?
Guide by JJ
Edited by RV