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In claims relating to accidents abroad, the level of compensation which can be claimed depends on the law of the country which governs the claim. Our serious injury lawyers have extensive experience in securing compensation for clients with catastrophic or severe injury caused by accidents whilst working, studying, travelling or on holiday abroad.
Severe injuries are always life-changing but when they are caused by accidents which happened abroad, getting help becomes even more challenging. In the same way, differences in language, time limits, laws, and local processes for making a claim adds another layer of complexity to an already specialist area of the law.
The country (or US state) where the accident took place can make a difference to:
Compensation claims arising from foreign accidents which caused severe and catastrophic injury to the brain or spinal cord, amputation or major trauma, must be handled by specialist solicitors. We are experienced in securing rehabilitation and recovering high value compensation settlements for clients who have suffered severe injury whilst working, travelling or on holiday abroad.
Our clients have experienced life-changing accidents which have left them with lasting disability from brain injury, spinal cord damage (SCI), amputation, severe physical and psychological injury. We help them secure the treatment and rehabilitation that they need to make the best possible recovery. We obtain interim payments to ease financial hardship and compensation settlements which meet their future needs, whilst providing professional and practical support every step of the way.
Our experienced lawyers can advise you whether, how, when and where to make a claim and ensure you recover the compensation you deserve. You can talk to one of our specialist lawyers, free and confidentially, to find out more about how we can help you with your claim by contacting us here. We handle claims on a conditional fee agreement basis (no win no fee).
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Our experienced serious injury lawyers are top-ranked by Chambers Directory and the Legal 500. We are recognised and accredited as specialists by:
We are members of PEOPIL (Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers), a not-for-profit organisation which works to improve and promote judicial co-operation and mutual knowledge of European legal and judicial systems in the field of personal injury law.
We have an extensive, global network of specialist foreign lawyers and expert witnesses to support us in securing the best possible outcome for our clients in injury claims from accidents abroad.
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Where someone has suffered a serious injury in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence they may be entitled to claim compensation.
Depending on where and how the accident took place, we can help clients recover compensation after they were severely injured as a result of:
We specialise in helping people who have suffered catastrophic or severe injury maximise their recovery and rebuild their lives, through timely and appropriate rehabilitation and compensation.
Our clients have usually suffered one or more of the following:
We also help families and groups of people with claims arising from situations where more than one person was injured in the same accident.
Our experienced serious injury solicitors investigate the circumstances of each client’s accident to ensure that the claim is made against the correct defendant(s) and their insurers. The reason for being abroad (such as for work or on holiday), the country where the accident took place and the type of accident can all make a difference to how, where, and against whom the claim should be made.
Foreign accident and injury compensation claims may be made against:
Where someone is injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence, their right to claim compensation is not affected by whether or not they had their own travel insurance at the time of their trip.
There are also international conventions that give some added protection to travellers who are injured when travelling abroad by air or sea.
Many foreign legal systems require the injury compensation claim to be made in the country where the accident took place, however, there are situations in which the claim can be made in the UK.
For example, if the negligent driver in a vehicle collision was also based in the UK, or the claim is against a UK-based employer for an accident that happened whilst the employee was working abroad, the claim may be made against them here.
If the injury was caused by unsafe facilities on a package holiday which was booked through a UK-based tour operator, the Package Travel Regulations 1992 allow the injured person to make a claim for compensation against the tour operator in the UK. You may be entitled to make a claim for compensation against a tour operator in the UK under the Package Travel Regulations 1992 if the package holiday was sold or offered for sale in the UK.
The package holiday included a combination of at least two of the following:
Where the claim must be made in the country where the accident took place, the rules and procedures may be different, but we work alongside our international agents to handle the claim. It is usually not necessary for our client to attend the foreign court.
After an accident abroad, whether whilst travelling, working, or on holiday, it is important to gather and keep as much evidence as possible to prove that the other person or organisation was responsible for the accident and injury.
If you have been injured in an accident abroad, we strongly recommend that you:
For Road Traffic accidents, take the following additional steps:
For any accident abroad, ensure you take photographs of:
An injured person’s compensation depends on the severity of their injury, the impact that injury has on their life and their ongoing needs. In claims relating to accidents abroad, the level of compensation which can be claimed depends on the law of the country which governs the claim.
In some countries, a claim will only be considered if the claim has been reported to the police, the travel company or organisation responsible for the accident, if the injured person has sought medical help from a doctor or if a statement of facts has been completed setting out how the accident occurred.
In cases involving serious injury, the sooner we are involved, the sooner we can secure rehabilitation and financial help for our client and their family.
As with all catastrophic and serious injury claims, the injured person’s access to rehabilitation and full compensation for their injuries also depends on the skill and experience of their lawyer.
We have helped clients claim compensation for:
Costs of therapies
A personal injury is an injury to the body. Sometimes the physical injury or the circumstances in which that injury was suffered also leads to a psychiatric or psychological injury.
When someone is injured as a result of another person or organisation’s breach of their duty of care (negligence), the injured person may be entitled to claim compensation for their injury and its financial consequences. The claim for compensation is made against the person or organisation that was responsible for the injury and is usually met by their insurer. The legal process of claiming compensation for injuries that are caused by negligence is known as a personal injury claim.
Boyes Turner’s personal injury team specialise in claims involving severe or catastrophic injury. Most of our clients have been injured in road traffic accidents (RTAs) and accidents at work.
For compensation claims relating to injuries which occurred in England or Wales the general rule is that court proceedings must be issued (formally started) within three years of the date of the injury. In most cases, before a claim can be issued work must be carried out to investigate the claim, notify the defendant and the insurance company against whom the claim is being made and obtain a medical report to support the claim. The sooner you contact us after an injury has occurred, the sooner we can begin to help you, and the better we can investigate and prepare your claim.
Longer time limits apply to children whose three-year time period only begins to run from the age of 18, meaning that their time limit expires when they reach the age of 21.
Time limits do not apply for those who lack mental capacity. Where an injured person’s mental capacity is uncertain, we work closely with our Court of Protection team to determine whether our client has capacity to bring their own claim. As with other claims, it is always advisable to contact us as soon as possible after the injury, to ensure that evidence can be preserved, rehabilitation started (where needed) and financial help secured via the claim.
In exceptional circumstances, the court may extend the time limit (or limitation deadline) for those including:
You can make a personal injury claim for:
Court proceedings are issued (started) in many cases but this does not mean that the case will end in a trial. There are many reasons why court proceedings might be issued:
The duration of a serious injury claim depends on the individual circumstances of the client’s case. Claims take less time to conclude if:
Claims are more complex and may take longer to resolve where:
We work hard to secure cooperation with defendant insurers, to provide immediate needs assessments and timely funded rehabilitation for our clients to maximise their recovery in the all-important period immediately following an injury. Wherever possible, we also secure interim payments to ease our clients’ financial hardship long before their claims have concluded.
By taking the time that is needed for the client’s rehabilitation and the careful assessment of their long-term needs, we can be confident that each client receives the full support and the compensation they deserve.
Compensation is carefully structured to make the best provision for the injured person’s needs. There are rules protecting compensation for children or adults who lack mental capacity. Compensation may be paid in one or more of the following ways:
If you, or someone in your family has been seriously injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault, you may be entitled to make a claim. If this feels daunting, alongside everything else that you are coping with in the aftermath of an accident, it may help to remember that:
If you decide that you want to go ahead with making a claim, we will gather as much evidence as we can to support your claim. This evidence may include:
We will also contact the defendant and their insurers to begin working towards meeting your immediate needs and settlement of the claim.
Our personal injury lawyers are specialists in catastrophic and severe injury compensation claims. Our clients have often suffered life-changing injury resulting in permanent disability, and we aim to assist their recovery by securing funded rehabilitation, whilst supporting them in adjusting to the changes to their lives and securing compensation to meet their needs in the future.
Our clients usually have suffered one or more of the following:
If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of somebody else’s negligence (breach of their duty of care), we may be able to help you make a claim for compensation.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the severity of your injury, we may also be able to help you claim compensation:
The vast majority of our clients’ serious injury claims are settled without the need for a court hearing (trial). Our clients very rarely need to go to court.
Our personal injury specialists are highly experienced in investigating and assessing the strength of each client’s case. From the outset, and throughout the claim, we advise our clients clearly and honestly about their prospects of success.
We work hard to prove each client’s claim, based on evidence of the circumstances of their accident and the impact of their injury. We encourage cooperation with the defendant’s insurers and negotiate the best possible settlements for our clients. On the rare occasions when a claim cannot be settled without a court hearing, this will be because:
In the following circumstances, the law requires a judge to approve an out-of-court settlement, for the protection of those involved:
In these cases, the approval hearing will be a short hearing at which the lawyers for both parties explain the circumstances of the case and the settlement terms to the judge. In most cases, our client will be expected to be in court during the hearing, accompanied and fully supported by members of our legal team.
The amount of compensation that an injured person receives in a personal injury claim depends on a number of individual factors:
Depending on the client’s injury and the way it affects their life, their claim may include compensation for:
An interim payment is a part-payment of compensation which is paid to the injured person, in advance, whilst the claim is ongoing. We can usually secure an interim payment from the defendant’s insurer where they have admitted liability (accepted fault) for our client’s injury.
We use interim payments to help the injured person and their family, who may be suffering financial hardship as a result of the injury. Where insurers are not willing to provide Rehabilitation Code funding, we sometimes obtain interim payments to ensure that our client receives the rehabilitation, case management and therapies that they need straight away.
Interim payments may be used to meet any genuine need, but it is important that the injured person and their family understand that the sums that they have already received as interim payments are deducted from their final compensation at the end of the claim.
Depending on the client’s injury, an interim payment may help meet their needs for:
By understanding and targeting provision for our clients’ rehabilitation and other essential needs early in the claims process, we help restore our clients’ mobility, independence and ability to participate fully in family and social life, long before the claim has concluded.
When claiming for compensation, Boyes Turner will help you gain:
The easiest way to get started is to talk to one of our friendly, experienced solicitors. You can talk to us free and confidentially about your potential claim, with no obligation, by contacting us by email.
It costs nothing to talk to us to find out about making a claim. Our initial advice is free.
When you first contact us, we advise you whether we can help you make a claim. We discuss how your claim will be funded, and advise, fully and clearly, how that works and what it will mean for you.
We offer a range of funding options, but the majority of our clients’ claims are handled on a conditional fee agreement (CFA) basis, often known as ‘no win no fee’. This means that there is nothing to pay at the outset or until the claim is settled, and you receive compensation. If you win your claim, the defendant’s insurer makes a contribution towards your legal costs. You pay nothing if your claim does not succeed.
Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.
Almost 5 years ago my sons suffered a life changing brain injury accident. A new life for everyone, so many unknowns so many difficult decisions. I met Claire and the team shortly after the accident. So many questions answered but more than that, amazing lovely people. Claire has been guiding me and the family throughout this ordeal with such compassion, there every time I needed her we couldn’t of asked for a nicer person. I have met many others with in Boyes Turner and all have been genuine lovely people, I’m now working with Ruth and Lindsay from the court of protection. Again, I can't say enough about them amazing lovely people. They truly do won't the best for my son and they did and continue to do so.
Claire is exceptionally knowledgeable in the personal injury legal domain, especially in the specific area of my injury. From our very first conversation, she was clear in explaining the potential different routes that the process could take and provided me with expectations of what I could expect along the journey.
She ensured that all bases were covered, organising meetings, discussions and necessary specialist appointments, in order to bring together the case and take it forward. Claire was then able to use her extensive pool of contacts, to appoint an "area leading" barrister, to represent me.
Overall, I was very pleased with appointing Claire and Boyes Turner to act as my solicitor for the legal claim that I pursued. Thank you for all of your support.
I approached Claire Roantree of Boyes Turner in regards to making a claim about a workplace burns injury. It was something that had scarred me physically and mentally and taken a huge toll on the lives of me and my family. Claire wasted no time in finding out what happened and made sure I was treated by known experts and quickly finding an answer to my burns scarring and how I could be treated to help manage my pain. Claire also helped me by appointing a psychiatrist to understand my situation and help me cope with post traumatic stress disorder. As well as taking as much stress of the claim away, she was thorough in every situation, making sure I had the best possible claim, and handled it all expertly, I am so very grateful to her and her team. They have helped guide my life back into a positive direction and I can't thank her enough!
Excellent service from Claire and her team at all times. We were kept up to date at each stage of our claim. The outcome was much better than we expected and we would not hesitate to recommend Boyes Turner to family and friends.
Kim handled my personal injury claim after a car accident with immeasurable expertise and compassion. Boyes Turner arranged every part of my private rehabilitation, which greatly improved the speed and quality of my recovery.
Each stage of the litigation process was dealt with efficiently and succinctly. This was then always explained without using unclear legal jargon.
On both health and financial levels, I would be in a far worse position without Kim’s invaluable input. I cannot recommend this firm enough.