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Medical Negligence Abroad

Medical Negligence Abroad Compensation Claims

No matter where in the world you suffer injury or illness, you should expect the highest standard of medical treatment. Healthcare professionals have a duty of care to their patients whatever their nationality, so you could be entitled to compensation if you’ve suffered medical negligence abroad.

Whether you’ve been injured or fallen ill while holidaying or working overseas, you may be able to claim medical negligence compensation when health professionals have failed in their duty to offer you the best treatment and care. Our solicitors have helped clients settle medical negligence abroad cases in a range of circumstances, including substandard care following a trip or fall, avoidable birth injuries, and failings on behalf of medical specialists, including dentists.

Specialists in Accident and Emergency Claims

Working with a network of foreign law experts around the world, our travel litigation solicitors will act on your behalf to hold those responsible to account — helping you get the compensation you need to move on with your life following medical negligence abroad.

  • Led by Paul McClorry, member of (PEOPIL), (AAJ) and senior litigator of APIL.
  • Supported by a dedicated team of lawyers who specialise in making accidents and illness 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 illness 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.



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Making a Medical Negligence Abroad Claim

If you’ve suffered substandard medical care overseas, it can be difficult to know where to turn for legal help and advice. With language barriers and issues as to which country you can bring a claim in to overcome, medical negligence claims abroad can be complicated — and that’s where our experienced holiday claims specialists come in.

Working on a no win no fee basis, our travel litigation team, led by experienced solicitor Paul McClorry, will make the medical negligence claims process simple, handling every aspect to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family.

Our Medical Negligence 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
Dan Macmillan Solicitor, Civil Liberties Read more

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How much will my claim cost?

All medical negligence abroad cases taken on by Hudgell Solicitors are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.


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Who can make a medical negligence abroad claim?

You may be eligible to claim compensation for medical negligence abroad if our travel litigation solicitors can show that you received substandard treatment and care in an overseas hospital following an injury or illness.

Negligent medical treatment can stem from any number of circumstances. You may be able to claim if you’ve suffered poor treatment at the hands of:

  • Doctors
  • Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Paramedics
  • Other medical professionals
  • To qualify for medical negligence compensation, we need to be able to prove that the medical professional failed in their duty of care to you as a patient, and that their negligence caused further pain and suffering. We’ll work with independent medical experts to assess your condition, and corroborate the extent of the medical negligence you’ve suffered.

    The different types of medical negligence abroad you can claim compensation for include:

  • Preventable errors
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Incorrect treatment, medications and prescription errors
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Our overseas travel solicitors can offer impartial legal advice on the circumstances of your claim. Contact us today for an initial consultation about your case.

    Who can I claim against following medical negligence abroad?

    If you’ve been the victim of medical negligence while travelling abroad on holiday or for work, you can make a claim against the medical practitioners responsible for your poor treatment and substandard care.

    As part of our investigation, we’ll enlist the help of experts in the country you were travelling in, who will act on your behalf to find out what happened and who was responsible for the negligent medical treatment you received.

    You can make a claim against individual medical staff, including doctors, nurses, surgeons and dentists, when there’s sufficient evidence to suggest that their actions were tantamount to medical negligence. You can also bring a claim against medical organisations and hospital trusts, where major failings in patient care and hygiene are to blame for the poor treatment you’ve suffered.

    Contact our overseas medical negligence solicitors today for a free and impartial discussion about the circumstances of your claim, and we’ll help you decide who to bring a claim against.

    How long do I have to make a claim?

    The period you have in which to bring a medical negligence abroad claim will depend on where you were when the negligent medical care took place.

    For medical negligence claims that occur in England and Wales, you usually have 3 years from the date of the negligence, or knowledge of the negligence, to bring a compensation claim. However, this will not be the case if the medical negligence occurred outside of England and Wales where English law does not apply.  Some countries have much shorter time periods, some as short as 6-12 months from the date of the negligence.

    We work with an international network of law firms so, no matter where you were when the medical negligence occurred, you can rely on us for advice on all issues and professional and effective legal representation.

    How much compensation can I expect?

    When you claim for medical negligence abroad, the amount of compensation you’re entitled to will depend on the severity of the negligence, and the impact it has had on your health and wellbeing.

    If your case is accepted, our solicitors will work closely with you to establish how much compensation you may be eligible to receive based on several factors, including:

  • The severity of your injuries or illness, and to what extent medical negligence has exacerbated an existing condition.
  • The psychological impact caused by the negligent treatment.
  • The cost of your remedial medical treatment and ongoing care needs.
  • Your financial losses, including loss of earnings, emergency medical expenses, travel costs and other associated losses.
  • The loss of enjoyment you’ve experienced after your holiday was cut short by medical negligence.
  • With years of experience in handling medical negligence abroad claims, our solicitors will look to secure full and appropriate compensation that reflects the severity of your circumstances.

    What happens when I make a medical negligence abroad claim?

    When you make a medical negligence compensation claim with Hudgell Solicitors, our specialist travel litigation solicitors will provide an initial consultation to assess your circumstances and ascertain whether or not you’re eligible to claim.

    If we accept your case, we’ll begin an investigation to establish what happened and who was to blame for the substandard medical treatment you received. No matter where the negligence took place, we’ll work with a network of legal experts to get to the bottom of the incident, with a view to establishing liability and holding those responsible to account for their actions.

    As part of our investigation, we’ll ask an independent medical expert to assess your injuries or illness, and establish if medical negligence has aggravated an existing condition. This will also help us to calculate an appropriate compensation amount that reflects the severity of your injuries.

    Once we’ve built a case, we’ll challenge the opposing party. They may choose to accept the conditions, negotiate the compensation sum, or contest elements of your claim which could see your case go to trial. Whatever the outcome, our solicitors will continue to provide full and complete support until your case has reached a conclusion.

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