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Assault Abroad Claims

If you've been assaulted while abroad, our lawyers could help you claim compensation. An assault can be a life-changing experience resulting in serious injury, and compensation can be an essential part of getting life back to normal for both you and your loved ones.

We understand just how traumatic an assault can be, and handle all cases with compassion and care, putting your interests at the heart of what we do and supporting you every step of the way. Our lawyers have successfully helped many clients claim when they've been assaulted abroad in a number of circumstances, including:

  • Muggings
  • Violent attacks including shootings
  • Rape and sexual assaults
  • Hijacking
  • Terrorist attacks

Injuries incurred in these cases have ranged from relatively minor injuries to more serious and life changing injuries affecting the head, neck and spine. However, a serious injury isn't always necessary to make a claim – the psychological impacts of an assault can also be severe, requiring treatment and support.

Tragically, assaults can result in fatal injuries – particularly after terrorist attacks. We've helped the families of victims claim compensation following a number of high-profile incidents, including the Lockerbie disaster, the 9/11 attacks, and the 2015 terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia.

Many people who have been assaulted abroad prefer to put the incident behind them and focus on moving on. However, compensation can help cover the costs of medical treatment, or any losses incurred from being unable to return to work.

We handle every aspect of your case and when you do need to make a decision, we'll offer our advice in plain English, without any legal jargon. Give us a call on 0800 121 6558 for a free consultation on your case, or contact us online and we'll get back to you.

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Assault Abroad Claims - More Information
    • What Happens When I Make A Claim?
    • To make a compensation claim for an accident or illness 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 or illness, 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 or illness, and arrange for a medical examination to find out the full extent of your condition.
      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.
      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, please contact us today on 0800 121 6558 for your free initial consultation.

    • 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 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.

    • Can I Claim While I'm Still Abroad?
    • If your illness or accident has resulted in a hospital stay in another country, it's still vital that you contact us as soon as possible to ensure you get your claim started within the relevant time limits.

      We can begin working on your claim while you're still abroad – all you need to do is contact us. You can do this online or by phone on +44800 121 6558, or a relative can call us on your behalf on 0800 121 6558.

      You can advise us on the best way to contact you while you're abroad, and you can update this once you're back in the UK if you need to.

“They kept us well informed and made us feel part of the process. They made me feel like they knew what they were doing. I had complete confidence in them.”

Brian, client

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Claim Compensation For An Assault Abroad?

Whether you can claim compensation for an assault abroad or not will depend on the laws of the country you were in when the assault took place. There aren't any fixed rules that apply across the board for assault claims, but in general, you may be able to claim compensation if you've been assaulted, or if a loved one has died as a result of an attack.

It's important to seek legal advice if you've been assaulted abroad, as a lawyer will be able to give you advice on what the rules will be, and whether there is a chance of pursuing a claim against your attacker, or if there is another way of getting compensation.

For example, it could be that the country where the incident took place has a central body like the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which may make a claim relatively straightforward.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us for some advice. You can call us on 0800 121 6558 or contact us online for a free consultation, where we'll go over your case and discuss your options.

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Will I Have To Go To Court In The Country Where The Assault Happened?

Whether you have to go to court depends on a number of factors, including the type of assault and the country concerned. If you were assaulted in an EU country, then you may be able to lodge a claim via the UK Criminal injuries Compensation Authority.

When handling assault cases, we do everything we can to ensure you don't have to go to court abroad. We work with an international network of partner law firms who can represent you at any hearings, and we work hard to secure out-of-court settlements for our clients.

However, there are rare occasions where you may have to appear in court abroad to give evidence. In these situations, we'll be there to represent and support you and your family every step of the way.

If you have any concerns about court appearances, or any questions about the claims process generally, please don't hesitate to contact us for some advice. You can call us on 0800 121 6558 or contact us online for a free consultation, where we'll go over your case and discuss your options.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For An Assault Abroad Compensation Claim?

Making a claim for compensation following an assault can be a daunting prospect but with experts on your side, it’s nothing to worry about. We handle every aspect of your case when you make a claim with us, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

We have a proven track record in assault claims, both at home and abroad. We’ve also helped clients after a number of high-profile terrorist incidents, including Lockerbie, the 9/11 attacks in the US, and the 7/7 bombings in London.

Victims of terrorism abroad may also be eligible for compensation under the Government’s victims of overseas terrorism scheme – we can advise you about eligibility.

Our international personal injury team is the largest in the UK, and we've helped our clients claim hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation for life-changing injuries suffered abroad or following the death of loved ones.

We understand that the impact of an assault can go beyond immediate physical injuries, and we'll help you access ongoing medical and psychological care and support if you are entitled to it. Our commitment to our clients' rehabilitation has seen us win Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on six occasions.

To find out more about how to make a claim, and how we can help, call us today on 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation about your claim.

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Our International Expertise


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

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

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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