Our expertise claiming compensation for accidents abroad
Our personal injury lawyers help clients from all over England and Wales to claim compensation for accidents anywhere in the world.
We are able to secure substantial compensation for our clients in relation to issues such as:
- Car accidents throughout the EU
- Accidents abroad where England and Wales would be the appropriate jurisdiction
- Accidents and injuries suffered on package holidays, including:
- Brain injuries
- Serious food poisoning
- Slips, trips and falls
- Accidents at your hotel
- Accidents during activities offered as part of a package holiday
We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise in this area. IBB Claims’ partner Malcolm Underhill has particular expertise with all types of brain injuries, being accredited as a Brain Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Our team has also been recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession, for our skill in handling personal injury claims.
Legal 500 judges IBB as having an “excellent” personal injury department and “puts the client’s interests at the forefront of every decision.” Simon Pimlott has “a real eye for detail and works incredibly hard to get the best result for each client.”
To find out more about our specific expertise relevant to your situation, please get in touch.
Road accident abroad claims
Claiming compensation for a road traffic accident that occurred in the EU or EEA (European Economic Area) is generally relatively straightforward, as long as you have the right legal representation. The EEA covers all of the countries in the EU, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
As long as the accident occurred within the EU or EEA and the other driver or drivers involved were also from the EU or EEA, you will be covered by EU law. If the accident involved a driver or drivers from outside of the EEA, the situation may be more complex.
EU insurers are required to appoint a UK representative to handle claims made by UK citizens, so there is usually no need for you to deal directly with a foreign organisation. This can make it much simpler and faster to resolve claims for a road traffic accident abroad.
Package holiday claims
If you were injured or became ill while on a package holiday, you may be able to claim compensation from the tour operator. Your ability to make a claim will depend on the circumstances of the accident and will usually rely on being able to show that the tour operator or their local agent or representative was negligent.
For example, you may be able to make a claim if we can show that the tour operator did not take appropriate steps to ensure the accommodation or excursions offered as part of the package holiday were safe.
As long as the tour operator is based in the UK, pursuing a claim is usually relatively straightforward and we will be happy to advise you on the process involved during your initial consultation.
How we handle overseas accident compensation claims
In most cases, we are able to resolve foreign accident claims without the need for court proceedings using our expertise in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. This not only makes the process simpler and less stressful for you, it also means we can normally secure compensation faster and at lower cost.
However, we also have extensive experience with pursuing foreign accident claims through the courts, so no matter what approach is needed, we can help you achieve the best available outcome.
Our no win no fee foreign accident claims service
We are able to pursue compensation for foreign accidents for most of our clients on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, also known as a conditional fee agreement. This means there is normally no upfront cost for you to start a claim and you will only need to contribute to your legal costs if we secure compensation for you.
Alternatively, some people prefer to fund a foreign accident claim using legal expenses insurance. This is frequently offered alongside car insurance and home insurance, so may be an option where available.
We will provide a transparent breakdown of the likely cost of making a foreign accident claim at the outset, giving you a clear picture of our fees and expenses. A client has said, “we were reassured by the no win, no fee guarantee as well as IBB's instructions to take out an insurance for every possibility.”
To find out more about starting a no win, no fee foreign accident claim, please speak to a member of our team now.
How much is a foreign accident claim worth?
The value of a foreign accident claim will depend on various factors, including:
- The severity of your injuries
- The impact on your health and lifestyle
- Any specific costs you have incurred as a result of your injuries
- The level of liability the defendant admits to or is found to have by a judge
You can typically claim two types of damages for an accident abroad:
Special damages – For specific financial costs you have had to bear as a result of your injuries up to the date of the settlement/court hearing.
General damages – For non-financial losses, such as pain, suffering and lifestyle changes, as well as covering expected future financial losses, such as paying for ongoing care cost and reduction in your earning potential.
Our foreign accident claims lawyers will offer a reliable valuation for you claim at the outset, giving you a clear idea of how much compensation you may be able to achieve.
What is the time limit for a foreign accident claim?
There is a 3 year time limit for bringing most types of accident claims in England and Wales. However, for accidents abroad different time limits can sometimes apply, so we strongly recommend contacting a member of our team as soon as possible to avoid the risk of missing your chance to claim.
Get in touch with our expert foreign accident claims solicitors today
To arrange your free consultation on starting a foreign accident claim, please call us on 0333 123 9099, email us at email@example.com or use the contact form on the right to request a call back.