Accident Abroad – Mr A, Glasgow

Mr A, from Glasgow, was on holiday with his family in Lanzarote on the 23rd of June 2006. He was exploring the island in a hire car with two friends when he was involved in a head on collision with another car. He lost consciousness at the scene and remained in intensive care for five days.

On the 28th of June 2006 he was taken back to Glasgow by air ambulance. He had suffered significant injuries, including multiple fractures to his legs and arms, chest trauma and a head injury.  He approached us having been turned down by a number of Solicitors who were unwilling to take on the case.

This was a difficult case which presented a number of challenges. The claim had to be pursued under Spanish law.

Dealing with a case under a different legal jurisdiction presents many problems, not least in this case that if you are injured in Spain you only have one year to issue court proceedings, as opposed to three years in England. Time was very much of the essence and it was important to act quickly to ensure Mr A’s case was protected.

Through 2007 and 2008 Mr A received the rehabilitation treatment he required and in August 2009 his claim successfully concluded for a six figure sum.

The case highlights that even if an accident occurs abroad, you should not believe all is lost and should not fear pursuing a claim in a different country. successfully act for claimants injured in accidents worldwide.

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