The Penningtons Manches personal injury team is regularly contacted by or on behalf of individuals who suffer an accident and sustain injuries during a visit to the UK – either on business or for pleasure. The impact of such accidents can be significant if they require hospital admissions and can result in being unable to meet work deadlines or to work at all, unable to complete travel plans or return home, and significant financial losses.
Often individuals find themselves in a difficult position both financially and in terms of medical treatment. Understandably, the immediate aftermath of an accident is focused on recovery and practicalities. Some then return home to their country of residence and feel unable to seek compensation because they live in a different country. Others may have to stay in the UK for a longer period and struggle financially and physically, unable to source interim funds or treatment and unaware that they might have a potential claim.
Philippa Luscombe, head of the personal injury team at Penningtons Manches, has acted for a number of injured claimants whose country of residence is not the UK and offers some key advice points:
Penningtons Manches has dealt with a number of non-UK resident individuals who have sustained significant financial losses as a result of accidents which have occurred in the UK. Often the ability to bring a claim has been very important in being reimbursed for at least some of those losses and, on occasions, vital for funding ongoing medical treatment.
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