Personal Injuries Sustained Overseas

How can I make a claim for an injury suffered abroad?

Many people when abroad will suffer a personal injury in much the same way as they would while they are in the UK.

Who can make a claim for an injury suffered while abroad?

If you have suffered an accident that is in some way related to a UK company such as a tour operator while on holiday abroad or an employer if you have had an accident while working abroad then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation through the UK courts.

Accident occurring while on holiday

If your accident was caused due to defective or dangerous facilities located in your hotel or holiday complex then you will be entitled to make a claim against the tour operator. The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992 place certain duties on tour operators in relation to the premises where people book to go on holiday through that company.

If you suffer an injury in this manner it may be possible to make claim for breach of these regulations.

Accident occurring while working away

If your accident was the fault of your UK employer while you were working away in another country for that employer then you could make a claim for compensation in the UK in the exact same way as you would for any employers liability claim in the UK.

What is the scenario if I have been injured in a road accident while abroad?

If you are injured in a road accident while abroad then it may be possible to make a claim for compensation through the UK system. This however, would require specialist legal advice.

What is the scenario if I have been injured while on a plane or a boat?

If you suffer personal injury due to negligence while on a plane or a boat leaving the UK or coming back to the UK then it is also possible that you can claim for compensation through the UK system. Again, this would, however, require specialist legal advice. 

What happens if I suffer an injury in a public place while out of the country?

If you suffer an injury in a public place while in another country due to falling on the road and failing ill in one of the restaurants then it will often be the case that you will not be able to claim for compensation through the UK Courts. This is due to each country having different laws, regulations and courts.

It may be possible to make a claim for compensation for food poising suffered abroad if it is from a restaurant that is part of the package that has been provided to you by a particular tour company.

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For more information on:

  • What steps should I take if I have been involved in an accident while abroad?
  • Recording the Incident  
  • Seeking Legal Advice
  • If I am successful in a claim what compensation will I receive?
  • General Damages  
  • Special Damages
  • Serious Injury  
  • What factors will be taken into account?