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Accident Abroad Claims

Every year, thousands of people are injured in accidents while abroad. Thankfully, much like in the UK, there are usually laws in place to help people injured in accidents overseas. If you've been injured while abroad, whether for work or leisure, in an accident that wasn't your fault, our lawyers could help you claim compensation.

The laws around making compensation claims can differ from country to country, and the procedure may also be  different depending on whether you were on holiday, or were working abroad. In these situations, it helps to have the experts on your side.

We have the UK's largest and most successful team of lawyers specialising in making accident claims abroad, with several of our lawyers recognised internationally as leaders in the field.

We also have more than 25 years of experience in pursuing claims following a wide range of accidents abroad, including:

Most of the international personal injury claims we handle are made in England & Wales. But in some cases it may be beneficial to make your claim abroad. We can advise you on this in a free initial consultation about making a claim.

Compensation claims in England & Wales are normally funded through a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there's nothing to pay upfront, and that you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful*.

If you've been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault while abroad, contact us on 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation on your case. Alternatively, you can contact us online and we’ll get back to you.

There's no obligation to continue with us after this conversation – you're free to just ask us for our advice on whether or not you can make a claim.

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Accident Abroad Claims - More Information
    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you receive after an accident or illness abroad will depend on a number of factors related to your injury or illness, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • Your condition, and its severity
      • Psychological trauma experienced
      • Current and future loss of earnings if you've had to stop working in the short or long-term
      • Medical expenses you've had to or will have to pay both abroad and in the UK, as well as travel expenses to any appointments
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home
      • Mobility aids
      • The amount you had spent on your holiday or travel abroad, and the loss of enjoyment you've experienced
      • Your pain and suffering
      • Other financial loss or expense due to your injury

      For more information, call us on 0800 121 6558 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household, travel or car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful – even then your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the remaining costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • In the UK, you usually need to make a compensation claim within three years of your accident or illness.

      In fatal cases, the family of the deceased has three years to make a claim, starting from either the date your loved one died, or the date you received the post-mortem results.

      However, these time limits vary a great deal from country to country and are much shorter in some countries, so when an accident or illness has taken place abroad, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible. We are experts in international law, and have a worldwide network of partner law firms that we work with, so we'll be able to advise you on specific time limits. Contact us today on 0800 121 6558 for a free consultation on your case, and we'll be happy to help.

    • Can I Claim In The UK?
    • Even if your accident or illness occurred abroad, you can often make a claim here in the UK, though this will vary depending on your circumstances. For example, if you suffered an accident or illness while staying in a hotel as part of a package holiday, you should be able to make a claim against the tour operator here in the UK. You can also usually claim in the UK if you’re claiming against an individual insurer or employer that is based in the UK, or a business or insurer based in the EU. The law around compensation is different in each country, so we will consider where it would be best to make your claim in order to get the best possible result for you.

      If you do have to make a claim abroad, there’s nothing to worry about as we have years of experience in helping clients to claim in more than 80 countries around the world. We work with an international network of law firms to represent and support our clients and their families when they need to claim, no matter which country the accident or illness occurred in. Most claims are settled out of court, so it’s unlikely that you will need to travel abroad for a court case. If this is necessary in your case, we will support you every step of the way.

      If you have any questions or concerns about making a claim abroad, contact us on 0800 121 6558 for a free consultation. We'll be able to advise you on your options, and talk you through the process.

I am relieved that our legal battle is finally over. Our holiday was a nightmare and we were so disappointed. We’re glad Irwin Mitchell has managed to achieve a successful outcome for us."

David, client

Who Can Claim Compensation For An Accident Abroad?

If you've been injured, or if a loved one has died, as a result of an accident abroad, you may be eligible for compensation.  To make a claim, we will work to prove that the accident was caused by someone else. For example:

  • A road traffic accident caused by someone else's reckless driving
  • An assault
  • Slips caused by an unmarked wet floor in a hotel
  • Inadequately supervised or poorly instructed sporting activities
  • An injury caused by medical negligence during surgery or treatment abroad
  • An injury caused by inadequate safety procedures at work

This isn't an exhaustive list, and there are many situations in which you might be able to make a claim. Whether you were injured on holiday, or while working abroad, your entitlement to make a claim is not affected, but it could determine who you can claim against.

Claims could be pursued against the person directly responsible for your accident, or against a third party who had a duty of care to you while you were abroad, such as an employer or a package tour operator.

If you're not sure whether or not you'll be able to make a claim, it's best to contact us for some advice – call today on 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation about your case. There's no obligation to continue with us after this conversation – you're free to just ask for our expert opinion.

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What's The Process For An Accident Abroad Claim?

To make a compensation claim for an accident abroad, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free initial consultation. We'll discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and whether you could benefit from a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

If you choose to go ahead, your claim will usually go through the following four stages:

  1. Investigation. We'll establish who's responsible for your accident, which could involve speaking to witnesses, or accessing reports made by the emergency services. We'll also arrange for a medical examination to find out the full extent of your injuries.
  2. Rehabilitation. If you have any medical care or support needs, we'll help you to access the necessary treatment and advice that you are entitled to. This could include physical therapy, surgery, or psychological treatment, as well as mobility equipment and home modifications.
  3. Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries and your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had, and your ability to get back to work. We'll put this amount to those responsible, and they can either accept blame or contest the claim.
  4. Conclusion. If your opponent accepts blame, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, the case will be settled in court – although this is rare. If you do have to go to court, we'll be there support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

If you have any questions about the claims process, contact us today on 0800 121 6558 for your free initial consultation.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For An Accident Abroad Claim?

Making a compensation claim can be a daunting prospect, and it helps to have the experts on your side. We can help you navigate language barriers and complex local laws, so there's nothing to worry about.

Our international personal injury team is the largest in the UK, and we work with a worldwide network of law firms to ensure that we can provide an expert service to our clients across as many countries and in as many languages as possible.

We've helped our clients claim hundreds of millions of pounds for accidents and illnesses abroad, as well as offering personalised rehabilitation support to help them recover as much as possible from their injuries.

We'll work with you from the beginning of your claim to identify what medical care and support you are entitled to, such as:

  • Surgery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Mobility aids
  • Home modifications

This comprehensive approach to our clients' welfare has seen us named Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.

Our aim is to make the claims process as simple as possible for you, and we're committed to handling all claims with compassion and care, putting the interests of you and your family first.

If you have any questions about the claims process, or how we can help, contact us on 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation about your case. We'll offer our advice in plain English, without any legal jargon, and let you know what your options are.

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Our International Expertise


Our lawyers are recognised as leaders in the field of international personal injury claims, and we bring this expertise to your claim. Members of our team regularly lecture internationally, are consulted on law reform issues, and hold key positions in several leading international organisations, including:

  • The Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association
  • The American Association for Justice.

We also have a long history of campaigning for improvements in health and safety. Our aim is always to improve the quality of life and levels of compensation for those who have suffered illness or been involved in an accident on holiday.

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