Getting injured in an accident is bad.
But getting injured in an accident when you’re abroad is much worse.
Different languages, health systems and legal procedures all add to what is an already stressful situation.
After an accident, your first priority will be to get medical treatment.
And your second priority will be just to get home!
The people who will be able to help you most at this stage will be your travel insurance company or travel provider.
But once you’ve arrived home and are back on your feet, you can think about making a personal injury claim
, if appropriate.
International personal injury claims aren’t simple. They come with their own set of practical and legal challenges.
But if you proceed carefully, you can make a successful claim.
Some of the factors you should consider include:
If you’re thinking about making an international personal injury claim, consult with a local solicitor at home in Northern Ireland first.
If you decide that making a claim is worthwhile, your local solicitor will get in touch with a lawyer based in the country where you are making the claim.
The foreign lawyer will be able to advise on the legal issues to be aware of in that country, gather evidence for you and deal with the local authorities.
If you suffered a personal injury while on holiday, you should be entitled to compensation. It’s just that the practicalities of international claims make things a little more complicated.
But don’t let that put you off.
At the very least, consult with a local solicitor to see if a claim is possible. You might be pleasantly surprised.