Frequently Asked Questions - Personal Injury Claims Abroad
It's the time of year when many of us will be preparing to depart on much needed summer holidays, in our top 5 frequently asked questions we look at the process for making a personal injury claim abroad and how a solicitor can help you make a claim.
Q1. How can a solicitor help you make a claim if you've been injured or are ill abroad?
A solicitor can give you guidance on how to return home, where you can pursue a claim, the procedures involved, the likely cost and any time limits that may apply. Obtaining legal advice as soon as possible will ensure that you or your loved one can focus on recovery.
Q2. Does the claim have to be made in the country in which it occurred, or can it be made in England and Wales?
If you booked a package holiday, you may have protection under the Package Travel Regulations and may be able to bring your claim in the UK. If you are travelling as an independent traveller, any claims you make may need to be made in the country that the accident occurred.
Q3. What are the most common issues when making a claim abroad?
Foreign legal systems can be difficult to navigate especially at such a distressing time. It is also important to document the incident thoroughly by taking photographs and keeping medical records and receipts.
Q4. Are there any time limits on making a personal injury claim abroad?
Time limits for bringing a claim can vary from country to country, therefore it is important to instruct a solicitor as soon as possible after the accident or injury has occurred.
Q5. Will Brexit have an impact on the process of making a claim abroad?
The impact will depend on the terms of the Brexit deal reached (if any). If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) will no longer be valid and your access to healthcare when visiting European countries is likely to change. Therefore it is imperative that you take out insurance before you travel.
knowing your rights and what to do if you suffer an injury, illness or accident on holiday could be just as important as remembering your passport, for more information please see our previous article on top tips for dealing with accidents and illness abroad.
If you have a personal injury that you have suffered due to the actions of someone else and you wish to find out more, our Client Relations Team are on hand to help and can arrange an appointment with our specialist personal injury solicitor.
For more information on Clapham & Collinge's Personal Injury services please see our dedicated Personal Injury webpage
*This article is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or other professional advice.