Sports injury while abroad claims

It’s important to keep safe when involved in sports such as skiing and snowboarding, but there's always an element of risk with this kind of activity.

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You can try to plan for all eventualities, but accidents do happen due to the neglect of others, no matter how prepared you are. If that happens, we are here to help.

Before you travel though, do make sure your insurance is up to date and covers all activities you’ll be doing. Recent research by ABTA found that almost 10 million Brits are travelling without the appropriate insurance, yet thousands of people suffer injuries both on and off-piste.

What types of sport do you mean?

'Winter sports' are the most common causes of injury, or those classed as 'extreme sports' where, obviously, an element of risk is involved, such as:

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Ice skating
  • Bobsleigh / skeleton
  • Snowmobiling

What can I claim for?

There are many kinds of winter sports accidents, and these are just a few example claims:

  • Faulty / damaged equipment
  • Tour operator / guide negligence
  • Other tourists causing injury
  • Injuries sustained on ski lifts

How long do I have to make a claim?

In most personal injury and accident cases claims are limited to three years, but can be as little as one year depending on the country in which the accident occurred. Get in contact with us as soon as possible to discuss your specific circumstances.

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How the claim process works


Get in touch

You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you


Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case


Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee* solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How much can I claim?

When it comes to the amount you could claim for, it depends on the injury.

Hand injuries tend to receive a minimum compensation of £800, whereas fractures to fingers are usually awarded up to £4,160 for minor breaks and up to £32,210 for more severe fractures.

Serious arm fractures can be awarded at least £34,340. See our compensation calculator for more examples.

I've been injured in a sports accident, what should I do next?

Your immediate priority will be to seek treatment for any injury you have suffered.

Then there are a number of steps you can take to help support your case for compensation, including:

  • Seek medical advice as soon as possible to make sure you are treated appropriately, and to make sure your injuries are recorded.
  • Take pictures of where the incident occurred in order to document any issues, if possible.
  • Photograph any cuts, swelling or bruising caused by the incident.
  • Take the contact details of any witnesses and people involved in the accident and any relevant insurance details.
  • Make sure you report the accident to the hotel / resort, and that they document it.  Get copies if possible.

If you haven't managed to do all of the above, don’t worry, we may still be able to help.

Get in contact using our online claim form or call us using the number at the top of the screen.  You can also request a callback and we'll get in touch as the time you choose.

One of our legally qualified advisors will guide you through the entire claims process, including any No Win No Fee* options for your claim.

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Frequently asked questions

Are there exceptions to making an accident abroad claim?

Yes, if you were on holiday, it should usually be part of a package holiday (flights + accommodation booked together) to be eligible to make a claim.

For road traffic accidents abroad there are some limitations to what you can claim, depending on the laws within that country.

Our legal advisors can give you advice on your particular situation.  Just give them a call, or request a callback.

Are there jurisdiction limits to accident abroad claims?

There are very few jurisdictional issues as long as the holiday was booked as part of a package holiday (flight + accommodation booked together).

Road traffic accidents are only covered within certain countries in Europe.

Do I need travel insurance to claim for an accident abroad?

No, you don't need to have travel insurance to claim.  But your holiday must be a package deal, where you booked all flights, accommodation etc. together.  

However, if you do have travel insurance it may cover legal expenses.

Our legal advisors would be happy to discuss your claim with you in further detail, with or without travel insurance.

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months. But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled. The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim.

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

You can contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

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Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

How does No Win No Fee* work?

If you win, our solicitors take a percentage of the final compensation up to 25%, and this will be discussed with you before the process begins so that there are no unexpected costs at the end. 

If you lose your case, you do not pay your solicitor any legal fees for the work they've carried out on your behalf.

Are there any catches to No Win No Fee*?

No, there are no 'catches'.  Although there are some exceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee* does what it says on the tin: if you don’t win, you don’t pay the solicitor's legal fees.

When discussing your claim, our advisors will be able to assess whether these exceptions apply to you. We’ll always be transparent, so you can be confident that we won’t land you with any hidden costs.

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee* case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

I've been injured. Can I make a No Win No Fee* claim?

Yes, if the accident was not your fault, you may have a No Win No Fee* claim.

By discussing your accident with one of our trained legal advisors we can assess whether you have a claim.  We will then be able to find a specialist solicitor to suit your needs.

Get in touch with us to find out more.

What percentage do solicitors take out of my compensation?

Our solicitors may take up to 25% of any compensation they win for you.

However, they will discuss the exact percentage that will be deducted prior to any work happening.

At this stage you are under no obligation to choose a First4Lawyers solicitor.  More about making a claim

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