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Accident abroad advice

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If you need accident abroad advice, and info about your options for claiming compensation outside of the UK, our lawyers can help.

Although our legal jurisdiction extends only to England and Wales, there are circumstance where you can make a claim for an accident abroad with us. The most common form is where you are on a holiday and this was booked as a package. If the package falls within the scope of The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations, we could help.

We’re in the post-holiday month of September. Anyone who has recently returned from a trip abroad should read this advice.

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The Injury Lawyers home visit service

No Win, No Fee

The Injury Lawyers home visit service is available for clients who claim with us and who are eligible for a home visitation with our experienced legal team.

If we’re prepared to take your case forward using our No Win, No Fee service, you may be eligible for a home visitation, depending on the nature of the accident you have had and the injuries you have sustained.

The best way to find out if you qualify for the Injury Lawyers home visit service is to contact us on 0800 634 75 75. Below is a little further guidance for you.

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Can a UK lawyer fight your accident abroad claim?

The short answer is: yes!

It does however depend on a number of factors like where the accident happened; how it was caused; and perhaps most importantly, how your trip abroad was arranged.

The most common example of a claim where you can ask a UK lawyer like us to fight for the accident claim is where you are injured as part of what is classed as a package tour holiday.

You still do need a specialist lawyer with expertise in helping people claim for compensation for accidents abroad though!
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The Injury Lawyers fight to win settlement for slip accident abroad

There is a piece of very important legislation called The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 which puts a duty on package holiday providers to compensate victims of negligence. It is by no means straightforward though because standards abroad are often not as good as our standards here, and that can be used as a defence to a claim.

Package providers will commonly try and defend these claims and it’s key to instruct an expert law firm like us to give you the best shot of winning your accident abroad claim.
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Holiday Accident Claims – where you stand

The nightmare situation – you’re on holiday and you’re supposed to be relaxing and enjoying the time off work or school, but instead you end up injured and the whole experience is ruined! Well whether you have been injured here in the UK or abroad, you may have the right to make a claim for personal injury compensation, and this article aims to discuss how making a claim for an injury caused on holiday can be different.

We will look at what you can claim for and briefly look at the law when it comes to accidents here in the UK and abroad.
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Accidents Abroad How Do I Claim?

If you have sustained personal injury whilst on holiday in another country then you may still be able to bring a claim here in the UK. The most straight forward way to do this is under The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992.

If your holiday is a “package tour holiday” then bringing a claim is more straight forward than finding a lawyer in the country that the accident happened in. Initially in these types of cases we will look at whether or not your holiday was a “package tour holiday“. If you paid a sum for your holiday and that sum included a combination of things such as accommodation, flights, transfers, etc then it is likely that your holiday was a “package tour holiday“.
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Athens Convention Personal Injury Compensation Claims

To put it simply a claim would be made under the Athens Convention if you sustained injury through an accident which was not your fault, whilst onboard a ship at sea. In some instances a claim may be brought under a different law or regulation such as via The Package Travel Regulations 1992. It is essential that you seek legal advice as soon as possible so that your Solicitor can advise you as to your best course of action.

The Athens Convention declares a carrier liable for damage or loss suffered by a passenger – if the accident which caused the damage occurred in the course of the carriage and was due to the fault or negligence of the carrier. A carrier can limit his or her liability unless the carrier acted with intent to cause such damage or acted recklessly and with knowledge that such damage would probably result.

The injury could be caused due to the negligence of the captain. Injury could also be caused as a result of slipping on wet decking, for example.
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Package Tour Regulation – Accident Abroad Compensation Claims

Everyone looks forward to their summer holidays – sun, relaxation and usually a healthy dose of alcohol! There aren’t many things that sound better to me personally.

However, while holidays abroad are all well and good, if something goes wrong and you are a long way from home, what can you do about it?

If you have booked a package holiday in the UK and have suffered an injury in your accommodation or in a place where the company that you booked with were looking after you then you may have a right to compensation through the Package Tour Regulations 1992.
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Holiday Accidents

If you had an accident while on holiday, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. A claim following an accident on holiday is not always as straightforward as a standard personal injury claim.

If it happened abroad, there are issues regarding jurisdiction (i.e. different laws in the different country where the accident happened) and also regarding who to bring the claim against. While such claims are not always straightforward, we deal with many holiday accident claims and we can take your call today and assess whether you have a claim – for free.

It could be that your claim is rather straightforward so don’t be put off. It has to be worth a phone call. Remember, every case is different and unique, but there is one way you could potentially make a claim for an injury abroad without any issues…
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Accidents While On Holiday

If your holiday abroad is ruined because of an accident or illness that is caused by the negligence of someone else, it is possible that you could still make a successful claim here in the UK.

In general, if you have an accident abroad, you would usually only be able to claim compensation by making a claim in that country under their laws. This can be very difficult and expensive – especially if the legal representatives in that country do not work on a no win, no fee basis. There are often language barriers, the law may be completely different, and you may have difficulty dealing with a legal representative who could be thousands of miles away.
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