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Accidents whilst abroad should not be ignored

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Travel claims are a recurring feature on the news, often for all the wrong reasons. We recently took part in a Q&A on #SolicitorChat hosted by The Law Society on Twitter, themed around this controversial topic.

Here are some popular travel claim-related questions and our answers:

Q. What is the most common issue when making a claim abroad?

Ability to prove breach of duty by reference to local standards.  Input is often required from colleagues and solicitors in the country where the accident happened although the claim can still be pursued in this country.

Q. What are the benefits of using a solicitor in England and Wales instead of from the country you want to make a claim in?

It is more likely that any court hearing would be in this country rather than abroad; there is opportunity to undergo a medical examination in this country, and there are no language barriers. Claimants may also find it distressing returning to the country where the accident happened. 

Q. What (if any) impact will Brexit have on the process of making a claim abroad?

There are a number of European Regulations which govern our ability to bring a claim in this country and that may be subject to change as Brexit unravels.

Q.  What top three tips would you give to someone who is considering making a personal injury claim abroad?

  1. Speak to a solicitor who has experience in travel claims. 
  2. Collate evidence of the purchase of the holiday, as this is relevant to how the claim can be pursued.
  3. Make contact with witnesses as soon as possible whilst evidence is still fresh in their minds.

If you have suffered an accident or illness abroad, then please do not hesitate to contact our travel claim specialists at Roythornes who can talk you through all available options.  And don’t forget to follow the Personal Injury team on Twitter @Roythornes_PI for more personal injury related news, blogs and FAQs.