Accidents & Illness Abroad Claims

If you or a member of your family has been involved in an accident or suffered an illness on holiday or while abroad, contact us for advice from the UK’s leading team of international personal injury lawyers.

We have helped tens of thousands of clients to claim millions of pounds in compensation after suffering anything from food poisoning to serious head and spinal injuries. We have also successfully represented the families of many who have lost their lives while abroad.

You may think that making a compensation claim following an incident abroad will be complicated and stressful. Many claims can be made in the UK, but if your claim does need to be made abroad, our many years of experience mean that you don’t need to worry - we’ll help you recover the full and fair compensation that you deserve.

Wherever you need to make your claim, we’ll work tirelessly to get the best result for you and we’ll keep you updated at every stage, in simple, easy-to-understand terms.

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Serious Injury - Video Case Study

Alison was seriously injured in a road accident in France. See how we helped her claim compensation and access rehabilitation.

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Our Experience In International Personal Injury Claims

If you need to make a compensation claim after suffering an illness or being involved in an accident on holiday or while abroad, it’s important to choose specialist lawyers to help you. Our highly experienced team is the largest and most successful in the UK. In the last two years alone we secured over £100 million in damages for our clients following injury or death abroad.

We have an unrivalled track record in helping the victims of international personal injury, with a number of our clients recovering record compensation through negotiated settlements or court awards. We have represented clients in highly complex, ground breaking and precedent setting cases in the English courts and overseas, including the European Court of Justice.

In many cases you can claim in the UK, but if your claim has to be made abroad, we have decades of experience of foreign legal systems. We also have foreign qualified lawyers and experts who are fluent in languages including French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

Several of the team have leading international reputations for their work and the team is recognised in independent research as the “crème de la crème of claimant lawyers” in the field of international personal injury.

For over a decade the independent legal guides, Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, have consistently ranked us as the UK’s leading law firm acting for victims with international personal injury claims.

"Practice head Clive Garner is a “game changer, who knows foreign and international law like the back of his hand."

Legal 500 2015

The power of this firm rests in its 'Worldwide expertise, comprising five partners and 48 lawyers.' Its talent covers a range of jurisdictions and accident areas. Although collecting a massive volume of instructions ranging from minor to catastrophic injury claims, sources note its ability to 'consider each case carefully in light of the implications of local law and achieve some fantastic results with it'."

Chambers & Partners 2017

"All the big cases will involve Irwin Mitchell as it's such a big player with so much clout in the market."

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How We Will Work With You

When you first contact us, we’ll talk to you about what happened and give you our honest view on your chances of success. If you choose to go ahead, we’ll then investigate your case thoroughly by gathering evidence and will seek to strengthen your claim by working with leading experts.

We’ll consider the impact of your injuries or illness in order to understand how much compensation you may be entitled to. Your compensation payment should take into account both past and future issues including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost earnings
  • Medical costs, both in the UK and overseas
  • The cost of care, rehabilitation, aids and appliances etc
  • All other financial losses and expenses caused by your injury.

All of these factors will combine to help us assess how much compensation you are entitled to. You should rest assured that we will do everything we can to help you recover the maximum amount possible.

If your injuries are serious, we will also help you access any specialist medical care and rehabilitation you need. Brain, spinal cord and other serious injuries can be life-changing but our substantial and award winning experience in this area means we can help you get your life back on track and achieve a good quality of life.

Contact Us To Talk About Making A Claim

No matter what kind of injuries or illness you suffered, you should contact us for expert advice on whether you have a claim. We’ve successfully helped thousands of clients in a range of circumstances including:

If you or a member of your family would like to seek compensation following an accident or illness abroad, contact us for a free initial consultation. Call 0800 056 4110 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you.

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