Serious Injury Abroad Claims | Irwin Mitchell

If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious injury abroad, our award winning lawyers can help you to claim the compensation you need, while helping you access the specialist treatment, care and support services required to get life back on track. We understand what you and your family are going through, and will do all that we can to help and support you.

For each of the last 10 years, independent research has recognised our international serious injury lawyers as leaders in the field, with our team being consistently put at the very top of the table when comparing competitor law firms across the UK.

Our highly experienced solicitors have helped recover millions of pounds in compensation for hundreds of clients who have been seriously injured in a wide range of accidents abroad. We have an unrivalled track record for our successful work for the victims of serious injuries and have successfully represented clients in many highly complex, ground breaking and precedent setting cases in the English Courts as well as courts overseas - including the European Court of Justice.

Our Experience In Claiming Compensation For Serious Injuries Abroad

We have the largest and most successful international personal injury department in the country, including a number of lawyers who are recognised as being among the UK’s leading specialists in dealing with serious injury claims arising overseas. Over the last two years alone we have helped our clients claim over £100 million in compensation following accidents abroad. Several of our clients have received record awards of compensation following complex and serious injuries sustained while on holiday or working overseas.

In many cases it is possible to pursue claims here in the UK but, if your claim has to be made abroad, we have lawyers fluent in foreign languages, who are very familiar with foreign laws and experienced in pursuing claims in different countries. This enables us to tenaciously fight your serious injury claim for you, wherever in the world your accident has taken place.

We believe that every person who has suffered a serious injury should have access to the very best medical care, support and rehabilitation services. Our team have many specialist contacts in this area and can help you get the very best care following your accident.

Set up in 1997, members of our international personal injury team have international reputations and have won awards for their work for clients injured abroad. The team are recognised as market leaders in the UK by the independent legal guides Chambers & Partners, and the Legal 500:

“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

“A firm that is home to the crème de la crème of Claimant lawyers.”

”Renowned for its skills on multi party claims, the group is perceived as the expert on all aspects of illness, PI and serious injury abroad, it is especially praised for its work across America and in Europe.”
Chambers & Partners

Featured Client Story

Alison’s Story – Road Traffic Accident In France

Serious injury doesn’t mean you can’t live an active and independent life. We helped Alison following a road traffic accident in France that left her with serious spinal injuries. Through specialist rehabilitation and care, as well as the compensation we secured for her, Alison was able to remain in her home and continue leading an active lifestyle.

How We Handle Serious Injury Abroad Claims

The first thing we will do is to get an understanding of who is to blame for your accident, and in which country a compensation claim can be made. We will then put together a claim which we feel fairly reflects:

  • The severity of your physical and psychological injuries
  • Financial losses already incurred, such as medical expenses or loss of income, as well as future losses
  • Costs for counselling, rehabilitation and future care
  • Modifications to your home which are required following your injury

In many cases it is possible to claim in the UK, but sometimes we will need to fight a case abroad. Because of the size and experience of our team (as well as the relationships we have with a global network of law firms), we can make a compensation claim wherever it needs to be made.

Throughout your claim we will put you first. We aim to minimise the disruption and stress to you and your family, allowing you to concentrate on adjusting to your new life. While your claim is going through the legal process, we will fight to get interim compensation payments (where you receive part of your compensation early, before the claim is fully settled) wherever possible.

You will have a specialist lawyer (or sometimes a small specialist team of lawyers) dedicated to your case, who will use their expertise and experience to progress your case, while providing regular updates to you in language that’s free from legal jargon. In addition, you will get a dedicated client liaison contact, who will help you access the support and care services you need.

Contact Us To Talk About Making A Claim

For a free consultation about making a compensation claim for a serious injury following an accident abroad, call us free on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.


Legal 500 Leading Firm 2014

"Headed by the ‘diligent and tenacious' Clive Garner, Irwin Mitchell’s ‘leading' travel litigation team is based across the London and Birmingham offices and noted for its ‘client-focused service.'"

Legal 500 2014

Leading Firm 

Irwin Mitchell has a "market-leading travel group that represents group and individual claimants in accident and illness litigation. Known for its capabilities in high-value cross-border claims."

Chambers & Partners 2015

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All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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