Travel and foreign claims

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Top Tier personal injury law firm

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Helping your compensation claim for your foreign accident

‘Sustaining an injury while abroad can be traumatic. We believe that making a claim in such circumstances needn’t be.’

Whether you were away on holiday or for work, if you have an accident or illness while abroad it can be a very stressful time.  Getting the right legal advice can help you understand what you are entitled to and whether you can bring a travel compensation claim in the UK or abroad.

Accident abroad compensation claims explained

From foreign traffic accidents to accidents aboard a cruise, whatever the cause of your accident or illness, we can tell you if you can make a claim for compensation once you’re back in the UK. We are also vastly experienced at assisting those who suffer an accident whilst visiting the UK either on holiday or for business, ensuring you are appropriately compensated when you return home.

  • Understanding the local laws

    The country you were visiting will doubtless have different laws and procedures to the UK. We have helped many clients bring successful claims in the past so are able to explain what is involved, whilst dealing with the legal complexities on your behalf.

  • Assessing the compensation

    How compensation is calculated varies from country to country. The amount of compensation you might be able to claim will depend on what type of accident you had, where it happened and whether you were travelling independently or with a tour operator. We will explain how and where you can bring your claim and advise you on the differences between claims brought at home and abroad.

  • Making a car accident abroad claim

    We are experienced in claiming compensation for many different types of foreign accident and illness. If you have had a traffic accident while abroad we can give you legal advice about whether you are entitled to claim compensation.

  • Excellent overseas contacts

    You can be sure that Royds Withy King has the expertise to deal with your claim, thanks to our connections with overseas lawyers and translators as well as foreign language speakers within the team. So you can be certain that your claim will be handled professionally and with sensitivity.

Our credentials

“What the team is known for:
Somerset-based practice that comes recommended for its focus on spinal cord and brain injuries. Also offers niche expertise in areas such as fatal accidents and animal cases. Demonstrates further skill in the area of asbestos-related diseases.

“I feel there is a strong culture within the firm that fosters excellence delivered in a friendly, approachable way,” reports a source.

Another interviewee states: “They are the best local firm for me to deal with as their whole focus is professional and efficient.”

Work highlights:
Represented a claimant who suffered serious brain injury, in a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority case worth £15.8 million.

Notable practitioners:
Stuart Brazington (Band 1) leads the brain injury team and possesses notable expertise in serious spinal cord injury claims. One source highlights: “He’s a brain injury specialist; it’s a tricky area and he’s very good at it. He knows a lot about medicine as well as litigation tactics.”

Senior associate Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) offers particular strength in severe injury cases arising from accidents involving animals, sports and motorcycles.

Louise Hart is Recognised Practitioner.”
Chambers 2018 Somerset

“What the team is known for:
Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including industrial disease cases, cycling accidents and equine matters. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accidents as well as catastrophic injuries, with a focus on brain and spinal injuries.

Interviewees praise the lawyers’ involvement in each case: “They are very supportive of clients, you get the feeling that it’s not just business to them. They work well in teams, are responsive and quick to get back to you.”

Others agree, and attest the success of this ethos: “We were never made to feel like a case, we were treated with open communication as we if we were in a partnership. The attention to detail and professionalism of the lawyers led to great results.”

Notable practitioners:
The “tenacious and excellent” Ian Carrier (Band 1) focuses on catastrophic injury work, primarily spinal and brain injuries, as well as fatal accident claims. One client states: “He has strong communication skills, and excellent and far-reaching technical knowledge. We could not have asked for a better partners, it was just superb case management.”

Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) is highly reputable in claims of high complexity and severity including paediatric cases as well as those with complex neurological issues. One interviewee states: “She is very thorough and has an exceptionally good manner with clients. She is someone who inspires trust.”

Helen Childs (Band 2) is a specialist in industrial diseases and is especially noted for asbestos litigation. One client attests: “She is an expert in this field, which was paramount. She worked tirelessly and went to the moon and back for us. She was empathetic and genuine, nothing was too much trouble.“”
Chambers 2018 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King’s personal injury team has ‘a wealth of experience and a very client-focussed approach’. It is ‘very strong on brain injury claims’ and provides an overall ‘excellent’ level of service. Particular areas of expertise include spinal injuries, chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, amputations, asbestos-related diseases, fatal accidents as well as claims arising from accidents involving animals, in particular horses. The ‘vastly experienced’ team is jointly led by Louise Hart and Stuart Brazington. The ‘tenacious’ and ‘knowledgeable’ Hart has ‘unrivalled’ experience in acting for clients who have sustained a personal injury with subsequent chronic pain’ while the ‘highly competent’ Brazington is ‘a very good strategist’. Senior associate Mark Hambleton, whose specialisms include sports-related injuries, is ‘client-focused’. The practice’s recent caseload includes representing a client who had suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury in a multi-million-pound claim before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) First Tier Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.”
Legal 500 2017 South West

“The ‘excellent and forward-thinking firm’ Royds Withy King in Oxford, which ‘strikes the right balance through quality advice and great client care’, was created through a merger between law firm Royds and the Bath-based Withy King in September 2016. Team lead Tracy Norris-Evans specialises in brain injury and paediatric claims and also acts as a professional deputy, while the ‘experienced practitioner’ Ian Carrier is known for his spinal injuries and fatal accidents work and has ‘impressive attention to detail and case preparation skills’. Other notable individuals are Richard Brooks, who regularly handles animal-related claims and ‘knows equine matters inside out’, and industrial diseases expert Helen Childs. As a result of the merger, James Millar Craig, who gained experience in permanent health insurance cases, was added to the team. The ‘highly organised, knowledgeable and approachable’ associates Jennifer Seavor and Rachel James joined from Boyes Turner and Irwin Mitchell, respectively. Especially recommended in ‘asbestos-related claims’, Seavor represented a client who had developed mesothelioma through his occupation at a railway company from the late sixties to the early seventies; he wanted the claim to settle during his lifetime and accepted an offer of £230,000.”
Legal 500 2017 South East

We have been very happy with the service provided and would have no hesitation in recommending your company to friends/family
Edna Hulford


Travel law encompasses a wide variety of accident and personal injury claims. Some examples where we have been able to help include; if you have been involved in car accident abroad, suffered from food poisoning at a hotel or restaurant, injured yourself at your hotel or on a cruise ship, or been involved in an accident at an airport or on-board an aeroplane. Claims can be brought against local authorities, tour operators, foreign hotels or businesses, airline carriers and cruise ship lines. Get in touch to find out whether you can make a claim for an accident abroad.

If you or someone in your family has been involved in a road traffic accident abroad, we may be able to help. It is possible to claim both within Europe, and Internationally, across the United States, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Australia. Within Europe, European law provides additional protection for claims against foreign motor vehicle insurers and this is expected to continue even if the UK leaves the European Union.

Yes. You may have encountered difficulties bringing a claim through your travel insurance policy, for example you may not have the correct level of cover, or may be unhappy with the service from your travel insurer’s recommended solicitors.

If this is the case, we may be able to help, as we can consider taking over the claim from another solicitor or discuss other funding options available to you, including claiming on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. We are happy to discuss this in more detail over the phone or via email.

Taking out travel insurance is not a requirement to bringing a compensation claim for an accident overseas. We often help those injured abroad even where they do not have a travel insurance policy and can offer ‘no win no fee’ agreements to individuals where appropriate. Contact us to discuss the options available to you.

We regularly assist individuals with claims against their holiday package provider or tour operator in circumstances where they had the accident at a hotel, during air or sea travel, during a transfer, or whilst on an excursion booked as part of the holiday. We can investigate the responsible party and determine whether your holiday is covered by the Package Travel, Package Holiday and Package Tours Regulations 1992, in which case the tour operator can be held responsible for the actions of those who supply services, even where they are third parties or local agents and companies. This often means we can bring a compensation claim in the UK for an accident that happened abroad.

Depending on where you had the accident and the circumstances involved there are different time limits that apply. One of the first steps we take with our Clients is to establish all of the accident circumstances and advise which jurisdiction, local laws and procedure will apply. Time limits, also known as limitation periods, can vary a great deal between different countries and sometimes even between different states within a country. We always advise that it is important to get in touch as soon as possible, to find out more and ensure you remain entitled to claim compensation.

Contact us now to find out how we could help with accident abroad compensation claims.