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What if I was injured in an accident abroad?
If you were injured outside the UK, you usually have to make a claim under the law of the country where it happened. However, sometimes this isn't so, particularly if the person or organisation responsible is based in the UK. For example, if you had an accident while on a package holiday, you may have a claim against the tour operator who sold you the holiday.
Claiming under foreign law can be difficult and expensive and you will need to get expert legal advice. Some personal injury solicitors in this country specialise in claims for people injured abroad.
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If a product (for example, a car or a power tool) was unsafe and injured you, you're protected by the Consumer Protection Act 1987. This law also covers you if you were made ill by contaminated food bought in a shop.
If a child has been injured, the time limit for making a claim normally does not start until their 18th birthday – but you can start a claim any time before then. Someone under 18 cannot take legal action in their own right, but must have a ‘litigation friend’.
If other people have been injured in the same way as you (for example, in a plane crash or by taking unsafe medicine), it may be better for you to join with them in taking legal action. You will need to get expert legal advice about doing this.
Many people are attacked in the UK each year by animals which are kept as pets. An owner of an animal has a responsibility regarding the behaviour of the animal concerned and, if the animal attacks somebody, the owner may be liable for the damage done.
If your injury was at least partly because of another driver’s negligent driving, you can claim compensation. You can still claim compensation even if the other driver was not insured or you think they don’t have enough money to pay you compensation through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
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