An introduction to accidents abroad
With an unprecedented numbers of people travelling to foreign countries on their vacation each year, we are helping more people than ever to claim compensation for accidents or illness abroad that were not their fault.
If you believe that you have suffered an injury of any kind as a result of an organisation or an individual not acting within their duty towards you as a fellow human being, please give us a call on 0800 028 2060 or complete our Online Claim Assessment and we will talk you though your options in a free, no-obligation manner.
Why it pays to seek professional advice
Law is a complex topic enough. With every country having it’s own legal system and culture, it really does make sense to leave it to the professionals. Nearly all accident abroad claims are funded by what is known as a no win no fee agreement (conditional fee agreement), whereby we only deducted a fee for running your case if we win it. All of this will be explained up front, so you know exactly what to expect.
Some countries, the UK included, have strict timeframes for making a claim.
Get in touch now for your free consultation, if only to put your mind at rest. Our friendly claim handlers are waiting to take your call – 0800 028 2060. Or alternatively claim online.
What types of accidents abroad can we help with?
- You may be working abroad at the time of the accident. If this is the case, and you are working for a UK company that has a project, office or other reason for you to be there, then this would typically follow the protocol we apply when making a standard UK claim for work injury compensation.
- If the business you were working for at the time of the accident is not a UK company, then there is still a strong possibility you will be able to claim. We just need to speak to you to find out the details.
- Holiday accident claims – if booked as a package holiday, you can claim compensation.
- You can also claim for any accidents that happened on any excursions, if they were booked as part of your package holiday.
- People who are involved in car, boat, bicycle, plane, train, taxi or coach crashes that were not their fault, are well within their right to claim, and we are experienced in this area of expertise.
What to do after an accident abroad
After any accident, it is important to gather as much evidence against the opposition in order to give yourself the best chance of successfully claiming.
Any necessary photos should be taken, details of witnesses including names, phone numbers and email addresses.
You should report the accident to the hotel owner, business owner or travel representative at the time of the accident, and where appropriate, ensure that the accident is reported in the accident book.
Be sure to keep all receipts, tickets and any other documentation pertaining to your accident including taxis to the doctors or hospital, flights, medical receipts etc, as these may be used as evidence and as part of the case for claiming compensation abroad.
Accidents Abroad and the Rome II Regulation
The Rome II legislation that came into force on 11th January 2009 assists in the issue arising from conflict of law between two European Union (EU) countries on non-contractual issues.
The Rome II regulation states that the law shall apply based on the following list of priority:
- The law of the country in which the accident happened.
- The law of the country where both parties were habitually resident
- The law of the country in which the case manifestly exists.
Where necessary, Russell Worth will work on your behalf to come to a mutual agreement with the vested parties, on the law that will apply to the case.
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