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Gibraltar Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For a Personal Injury?

Have you been injured while visiting Gibraltar? No matter whether you were visiting for business or pleasure, you will be able to make a claim for compensation if the accident was not your fault. In this guide, we reveal everything you need to know about making a Gibraltar accident claim. We have lots of experience when it comes to helping UK residents to make claims for accidents that have happened overseas.

You can reach us on 0800 073 8804. But first, make sure you continue reading to discover everything you need to know.

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A Guide To Gibraltar Accident Claims

The claim process can seem confusing and overwhelming if you have never made an accident claim before. This is especially the case when it comes to a Gibraltar accident claim, or any other case overseas. It is often difficult to know where to start. What type of solicitor should you employ? Do you need one based in Gibraltar? How do you begin the claim process? Do you even stand a chance of getting compensation? These are questions that are likely to be running through your mind. But don’t panic, as we have put together a quick introductory guide to give you a helping hand. We will answer all of these questions and more. But first, let’s help you determine whether you have a case…

Gibraltar accident claims

Gibraltar accident claims

A lot of people get caught up in the definition of their incident – i.e. whether it was a road traffic accident or if it happened at a hotel etc. This does not actually matter when it comes to deciphering if you have a case. It’s relevant when it comes to how you and your solicitor are going to go about making your claim. You simply need to be able to prove the following to be true…

  • The accident occurred because of someone else’s error or negligence
  • You saw a medical professional for your injuries
  • The incident took place within the personal injury claims time limit, which is usually the last three years following the incident date

If those three points apply to you, you certainly have a strong chance of getting compensation. If you are unsure, you can always give us a call. But first, make sure you read on to discover everything you need to know about claiming damages for a personal injury in Gibraltar.

What Should You Do If You Are Injured Or Have An Accident In Gibraltar?

If you have been involved in an accident in Gibraltar that was not your fault, there are numerous steps you need to take. These are as follows:

  • You need to see a medical professional for your injuries
  • You need to report the incident to your travel company
  • You may also need to call the police, for example, if you have been injured in a road traffic accident or because of a criminal activity
  • You need to call your travel insurance provider to tell them what has happened
  • You need to gather evidence regarding your case, for example, contact details and photographs
  • You can contact Legal Expert and we can handle your case for you

Emergency Services And Contacts After A Gibraltar Accident

If you are going on holiday to Gibraltar, it is important to jot down all of the numbers you are going to need before you go. Here are the most important numbers:

FIRE: 190 / AMBULANCE: 190/ POLICE: 199 & 11.

Remember, if you have been in an accident, you must do the following:

  • Seek professional medical attention
  • Contact your travel insurance provider
  • Report the accident or illness
  • Gather evidence
  • Gather witness statements
  • Contact a solicitor

Healthcare For British Tourists In Gibraltar

UK visitors just need to show a UK passport to get free medical care in Gibraltar, which makes it a lot easier. The good news is that the standard of health care is similar to most Western European countries too.

How Long Do You Have To Make A Personal Injury Claim In Gibraltar?

As mentioned in the introduction, the typical personal injury claims time limit is three years. Court proceedings need to be issued within this period, so there really is no time to waste. Plus, the sooner you claim, the easier it will be. There are some circumstances whereby you may have less than three years, so it is always better to give us a call so you can be safe.

Gibraltar Holiday Accident Claim

The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 have been put in place to ensure that British tourists are protected should they suffer any type of illness or injury while on holiday. Under these regulations, you will be claiming against the travel operator, for example, TUI or Thomas Cook, rather than having to make a claim against the supplier. Are you wondering whether you have been on a package holiday? For this to be the case, two of the following must be included – accommodation, travel, and/or an excursion.

What Type Of Accident And Injury Claims Can We Handle In Gibraltar?

Here at Legal Expert, we have many years of experience. We can handle all types of personal injury claims. Below, we look at some of the most common in further detail…

Hotel Accident Claims In Gibraltar

We can help you to make a Gibraltar accident claim if you have been injured in the hotel you were staying at. There are so many ways a hotel accident could happen. This could occur if you have been using the facilities, for example, the swimming pool, spa, or gym. It could also happen if you have been dining at the hotel restaurant or simply walking around the grounds. No matter the scenario, if it was not your fault, you can claim.

Food Poisoning Or Accidents In A Restaurant In Gibraltar

When it comes to making a claim for a holiday accident, food poisoning is right up there as one of the most common reasons. There are many different ways that someone could contract food poisoning. This could be because food has not been stored or cooked properly, for example. The symptoms of this condition do vary, ranging from the likes of nausea to dehydration. While most people will recover in a matter of a few days, there are some people that end up suffering life-threatening injuries.

Claims For Slips, Falls, And Trips In Gibraltar

There are many different types of incidents in Gibraltar that could lead to a slip, trip or fall. Activities such as walking or climbing rocks could lead to this type of accident, as well as in other activities. In fact, this type of accident can happen anywhere, from boarding or disembarking the flight, to your hotel. We have helped many people to claim because of poor hotel maintenance.

Sports Activity Claims In Gibraltar

Gibraltar is known for a variety of different adventure and watersports such as surfing, kayaking, white water rafting, and different types of diving. People also try hot air ballooning and other activities. As a tourist, it is pivotal to make sure all activities are well regulated and that the activity and provider is covered by your travel insurance. If this is the case, and you have been injured, you can make a holiday accident claim. There are a number of scenarios whereby this may happen, for example, if you have not been provided with the correct instructions or equipment. Maybe you have been sent surfing or kayaking in unsafe conditions? Either way, we can help you to claim.

Road Traffic Accident Or Car Crash Claims In Gibraltar

Car crashes happen on a regular occasion all around the world, and Gibraltar is no different. Someone not paying attention… Someone too busy on his or her mobile phone… Someone pulling out without warning… the reasons vary. Nonetheless, so long as the road traffic accident in Gibraltar was not your fault, you will be entitled to compensation.

The first thing you need to do is make sure your injuries aren’t too bad and attend to anyone that may need medical attention. If the injuries do not appear to be too serious, you can then proceed to get the contact details of the person that caused the incident. Get their name, their address, their telephone number and the details of their insurer. It is also wise to get the details of any witnesses that saw the incident. You will need to get in touch with the police in Gibraltar so that there is an official record of what happened.

Once you have done this, get yourself off to go and see a doctor, even if you have minor injuries. So many people fail to do this, as they would rather cope with the symptoms themselves. Big mistake. If you do not see a doctor, there will be no proof that you have even suffered an injury, and so it may be difficult to claim?

After you have been to the doctor, the next thing you should do is make a note of everything that happened. You may forget details down the line, so this is often beneficial. Make sure you keep proof of any expenses you have encountered because of the accident. If you have been involved in a car crash in Gibraltar and it was not your fault, give us a call today for more information.

Gibraltar Accident Compensation Claim Calculator – Examples Of Settlements Under UK Law

We know a lot of people will rightly want to know how much compensation they can get if they make a claim. You may have even used a personal injury claims calculator online but please note that they do not give very accurate results. This is because all cases are different, and they are treated as such. Therefore, giving you a 100 per cent accurate quote is just not possible. Nevertheless, what we can do is give you an understanding of the average payout for the sort of injury you have sustained. This is what you will see in the table underneath this paragraph.

These settlements in the table below would be for injuries where the defendant was a British business or individual and the claim was made against them in the UK. If this is not the case, please give us a call and we will be able to shed further light.

The injury that has been sufferedExtra informationTypical payout range
Minor injuries in generalInjuries where there is a complete recovery within three months.£1,200 to £2,150
Trivial Facial ScarringIn these cases the effect is minor only£1,500 to £3,090
Minor wrist injurySoft tissue injuries and very minor undisplaced fractures.£3,090 to £4,160
Severe arm injuryInjuries which fall short of amputation but are extremely serious.£84,310 to £114,810
Minor neck injuryWhere a full recovery is made within three months.Up to £2,150
Severe neck injuryLittle or no movement in the neck.In the region of £130,060
Total BlindnessIn the region of £235,630
Jaw fractureSimple fracture with a full recovery.£5,660 to £7,650
Multiple Fractures of Facial Bones£13,080 to £21,000
Amputation of the Great ToeIn the region of £27,450

Hopefully, you now have a better idea regarding how much you may be able to claim if you make a case for an accident that has happened while in Gibraltar. However, we know that the injuries mentioned only scratch the surface regarding what may have happened to you. Therefore, if you need further information, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we would be more than happy to help you.

Do I Need To Use A Law Firm Based In Gibraltar To Make My Claim?

A lot of people assume that they are going to need to use the services of personal injury lawyers in Gibraltar in order to make this sort of claim. However, this is not the case. You do not need a Gibraltar law firm. You can make a claim with a law firm based in the UK, and it is actually better to do so, as it will be much easier and more convenient for you. We have helped many people to make claims for accidents that have happened abroad, so you don’t need to worry about this.

No Win No Fee Gibraltar Accident Claims

If you are thinking about making an accident claim for a personal injury in Gibraltar, you will have a lot to take into consideration. One of the most important choices you have to make is selecting a solicitor. The first step to take when choosing a solicitor is determining whether to go for one that charges by the hour or one that offers a no win, no fee service.

Nowadays most people go for a no win, no fee personal injury specialist. It is not hard to see why when you contrast the two. If you go for a no win, no fee service, you do not actually need any money to begin your accident claim. On the other hand, you will face a lot of costs with a solicitor that charges by the hour. From consultations to initial paperwork, the charges can soon mount up. A lot of people do not have the money to be able to afford this. Moreover, it makes the risk exceptionally high. After all, you could pay all of this money and then the solicitor could lose your case. With a no win, no fee solicitor you have the security of knowing that the amount you pay is determined by the outcome of the case and, therefore, risk is minimised substantially.

You also need to consider the fact that if you go for a service where you pay by the hour you could end up falling victim to a personal injury lawyer who is not concerned about the outcome of your case as they get paid anyway. On the other hand, no win, no fee solicitors will only take on an accident claim if they genuinely believe you have a strong chance of getting compensation. This ensures your time and money is not wasted. Moreover, since the solicitor is more impacted by the outcome of your case, you are likely to benefit from a much better level of service as well. Therefore, in the battle between the two options it is evident that there is only one clear winner, a no win, no fee solicitor.

Why Make A Gibraltar Accident Claim With Legal Expert?

There are various motives for choosing our service. First and foremost, we have a legal helpline available for any one to use. This line is accessible seven days per week, meaning you can call at a time that is convenient to you. You will speak to one of our friendly and experienced advisors. They will explain the claim process, answer your queries, and inform you of your chances of a successful case. If they believe your chances are slim, they won’t waste your time.

Nonetheless, if we believe you are likely to receive compensation for your injury, we will match you to a specialist personal injury solicitor. They will handle your case for you, ensuring it is as stress free as possible. Not only does this guarantee you reap the rewards of high quality, but you do not need any money to begin your claim, nor do you need to worry about potential financial implications if you fail to win your case.

Aside from this, the third and final reason why Legal Expert is the best choice for you is because we have a wealth of experience and an exceptional reputation in the industry. All you need to do is head to the testimonial section of our website to see that this is the case. Moreover, because we have been in operation for many years now, you can be sure we have dealt with every possible type of personal injury claim, meaning you are in safe hands.

Start Your Claim With Our Team Today

Are you ready to make your claim? If so, we are ready and waiting to help you. We can also answer any sort of queries you may have. Our line is open seven days a week, so please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 073 8804. You can also request a free callback or you can use our live chat feature.

Further Guides And Helpful Resources In Gibraltar

We have lots of great guides on our website, which may be of use to you. Here are a few of them:

Package Holiday Claim Information
This covers those package holidays we mentioned above.

General – Holiday Accidents
Some general information on this type of claim process.

Falls – At home or abroad
More information about slips etc.

You may also find assistance via the following links:

UK Gov site on Gibraltar
General information can be found here.

Relevant Gibraltar government office
In case you need to contact them.

UK travel advice
Advice offered on travelling to the area.

Visit Gibraltar
Tourism site for the region.

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