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What are Accidents and Illness Abroad?

Millions of us enjoy jetting off to foreign countries to explore and relax each year, but what happens when things go wrong overseas? Accidents and injuries can happen anywhere, so if you’re injured abroad or fall ill when travelling then our experienced travel litigation team are here to help you get compensation. This could be anything from experiencing a road traffic accident abroad to receiving negligent medical treatment in a foreign hospital.

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Making an Accident Abroad Claim

Hudgell Solicitors are on hand to help if you think you have a valid claim for an accident abroad or holiday sickness claim, having successfully won compensation for many other holidaymakers who have been negatively impacted by the actions of others.

Our experienced travel litigation solicitors can offer specialist legal representation to those affected by holiday accidents or injuries, with the compensation you receive helping to cover the cost of your ongoing treatment, potential loss of earnings, and costs incurred due to changes to your holiday plans.

If you’ve recognised that you or a member of your family has come to harm as a result of an injury abroad because of the actions of someone else, then you have the right to seek compensation and file a claim with us. Our overseas compensation solicitors will centre their case around your interests and needs, ensuring the most appropriate and effective legal and medical specialists are handling your claim.

The first step is to get in touch. You can begin by contacting us via our claim form and selecting Holiday Accident as the type of claim. You can also call us for a confidential discussion on your current situation or arrange a meeting to suit you via our online form.

You can get in contact with a member of our specialist teams on a range of different holiday compensation claim types.

Specialist Accident Abroad Solicitors

Our expert lawyers are well versed in accident and injury overseas claims, having previously given successful legal representation to those who’ve been injured in accidents on holiday or been taken ill while abroad. We have a specialist legal team who work with foreign law experts across Europe, America and beyond to get justice for those affected by preventable injuries and injuries overseas.

  • Led by Paul McClorry, member of (PEOPIL), (AAJ) and senior litigator of APIL
  • Supported by a dedicated team of lawyers who specialise in making accident and injury claims for people travelling abroad
  • Our lawyers specialise in gaining access to the best possible rehabilitation support for those involved in serious accidents abroad
  • Experienced accident and injury abroad solicitors will take the time to understand what you’re going through
  • Leaders in securing compensation settlements and helping clients make the best possible recovery

No Win, No Fee Accident Abroad Claims

Depending on the circumstances of your case, there are a variety of finance options available for your holiday accident claim. A no win, no fee agreement may be suggested if we think it applies to your situation and would be the best course of action.

This means that you won’t have any financial risk surrounding your case if the holiday compensation claim is ultimately unsuccessful. You will only need to reimburse your solicitor upon a successful outcome, which will typically be an agreed percentage of the awarded compensation.

Get in touch today to discuss the finance options for your holiday accident compensation claim.

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Our Accident and Illness Abroad Experts

Paul McClorry Head of Travel Litigation Read more
Tracy Stansfield Associate, Travel Read more
Lucy Bevis Litigation Executive, Travel Read more
Anthony Hey Litigation Executive, Travel Read more
Anne Thomson Litigation Executive, Travel Read more


Who Can Make an Accident Abroad Compensation Claim?
    Identifying whether you can make a compensation claim for injuries or accidents abroad will usually come down to recognising where the fault lies. There needs to be a clear recognition that the incident is the result of negligence, failure to follow health and safety procedures, a criminal act, or a breach of foreign law.
    If you or a family member has been involved in an accident while holidaying or working abroad, or you have fallen ill, you may be eligible to make a no win no fee claim for compensation.
    For your claim to be successful, our holiday claims solicitors need to be able to prove who was liable for your accident or injury and that the incident was caused by negligence, failure to follow health and safety procedures, a criminal act, or a breach of foreign law.
    You can make an accident or injury claim whether you were holidaying abroad as an independent traveller or as part of a package holiday. If you were travelling as part of an organised package holiday, you can bring legal action against the tour operator if your accident or injury was caused by health and safety breaches during your transfer; in the hotel or resort where you were staying; or during an organised excursion to a visitor attraction.
    If you were travelling as part of a larger group, you can undertake a group action or group litigation that combines the experiences of your whole party into a single claim. This allows similar complaints to work together in building a case against the negligent party, such as the action taken by the Cape Verde guests in 2019.
    If you’re unsure whether your circumstances mean you’re eligible to make a claim, our solicitors can help.
What Types of Accidents Can I Claim For?
    Our travel litigators deal with many types of accident and injury abroad claims, so no matter what your circumstances, it’s worth speaking to one of our experienced solicitors to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim.
    Below, we’ve listed some of the circumstances in which you may be able to claim compensation for accidents or injuries abroad:
  • Road traffic accidents caused by another person’s reckless driving, either if you were on a coach, in a taxi, driving a hire car, or as a passenger or a pedestrian.
  • Accidents while working abroad.
  • Slips and trips which should have been avoided, either in a hotel, on a plane, on a cruise ship, or during an excursion.
  • Poorly maintained or inadequate facilities at a tourist attraction.
  • Skiing accidents.
  • Other winter sports injuries — where equipment was faulty, there was a lack of instruction or another participant was at fault.
  • Poorly managed and instructed sports and leisure activities, resulting in avoidable injuries.
  • Terrorism offences.
  • Negligent care during medical treatment.
    This isn’t an exhaustive list, so please contact our dedicated travel litigation team for a free, no-obligation consultation about your circumstances.
How Much Compensation Am I Entitled To?
    The amount of compensation you can claim for accidents and injuries abroad depends on several different factors. If we accept your case, we’ll assess the following when calculating how much your claim is worth:
  • The severity of your injuries and your condition at the time of the claim as well as the outlook of your health going forward.
  • Any psychological trauma caused by an accident abroad, and how this could impact your life in the future.
  • Pain, suffering, and trauma experienced by you or a family member.
  • Past, current, and future loss of earnings due to time off work following an accident or injury abroad.
  • Your rehabilitative care and support needs, both now and in the future.
  • Medical expenses you may have paid abroad or in the UK.
  • Mobility aids and modifications to your home.
  • The loss of enjoyment you’ve experienced after your holiday was cut short by an unexpected accident or injury.
  • Other financial loss.
    To start your claim, call our team today and benefit from a free, no-obligation consultation about the circumstances of your case.
How Long Do I have to Make a Claim?
    The time in which you can make an accident or injury abroad claim can vary depending on which country you were in at the time of the incident.
    For accidents that occur in the UK, you usually have up to three years from the date of the accident or injury to bring a claim. However, this time limit can be much shorter in other countries and our travel law experts can advise you with regards to your case.
    We’d always recommend starting a claim as soon as possible after the incident so that we can begin the process and work towards securing the compensation you deserve.
How Will Hudgell Solicitors Help Me Throughout My Accident Abroad Claim?
    People who have a potential holiday accident or overseas injury case will start with a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers, helping you to understand what the basis for your case would be and an honest assessment of any potential claims.
    If we accept your case, our travel litigation team will begin its investigation. We’ll work closely with you to test your evidence and make sure it is strong enough to challenge the liable party, holding them to account for the injuries and loss you have suffered.
    As part of our investigation, we’ll arrange for an expert medical examiner to assess your injuries, or the circumstances of an injury, to ascertain what and who was responsible. If you require further medical treatment and support, we will look at your ongoing care and rehabilitation requirements to help us establish your entitlements.
    Once our investigation is complete, we will calculate how much compensation we believe you are entitled to and put this figure to those responsible, leaving it up to them to accept or challenge the compensation amount.
    The proceedings can progress in a few different ways from here. If the other party accepts blame and the proposed settlement sum, your case will settle and you will be awarded compensation. If they choose to contest the claim, we will continue acting on your behalf to try to settle the case out of court. If your case does reach court, our experienced legal team will be there to provide complete support until the claim concludes.
    If you have any further questions about the claims process, contact our travel litigation team who will be happy to answer your queries and provide free legal advice.

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