Japan Personal Injury Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For a Holiday Accident In Japan?
If you have been victim of an accident in Japan that was not down to your fault, it is vital you seek advice to see if you can claim compensation.
To determine whether you have the basis for a personal injury claim, you need to ask yourself the following three questions…
- Did the injury occur through someone else’s error or negligence? This is the first question you need to ask yourself. You will not be entitled to compensation if the injury occurred through your own fault.
- Did you receive medical attention for your whiplash injury in Great Snoring? A lot of people make the error of skipping a trip to the doctors. Instead, they opt to cope with the injury themselves. However, if you fail to see a medical expert you will not be professionally diagnosed with an injury, and so they will be no proof that you have been injured.
- When booked through a UK tour operator Did the incident occur within the past three years? Most individuals are not aware that there is a time limit on UK packaged holiday personal injury claims. This limit is three-years if booked through a UK tour operator as a package holiday. Therefore, it is imperative to make your claim as soon as you can.
So there you have it – the three steps to determining whether you have a good basis for a successful personal injury claim if you have been injured while on holiday.
In this guide, we are going to take a look at holiday accident claims in Japan specifically. We will provide you with plenty of accident abroad claims advice if you or someone you love has fallen ill or suffered an injury while visiting Japan. If you have any questions, or you are ready to make a claim, you can reach us on 0800 073 8804. But first, read on…
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- A guide to holiday accident claims in Japan
- What to do if you have an injury or illness in Japan
- Contacting the emergency services in Japan
- Medical services and healthcare in Japan
- What is the time limit for making a personal injury claim in Japan?
- Japanese package holiday accident claims
- Holiday accident and injury claims our team can conduct
- Hotel accidents and injury claims in Japan
- Restaurant accident or food poisoning claims in Japan
- Injuries caused by falls in Japan
- Hiking accident and injury claims in Japan
- Road traffic accidents and car crash claims in Japan
- Do I need to use a solicitor in Japan for my claim?
- No win no fee Japanese holiday accident and injury solicitors
- Speak to Legal Expert today
- Useful links
In this guide, you will find out everything you need to know about holiday accident claims in Japan. Not only will we provide you with holiday accident statistics for this part of the world but also we will reveal exactly what you need to do if you have had an injury or illness in Japan. You will also find crucial information about our service, as well as the different types of claims that tend to be launched when someone has been involved in an accident abroad. If you have any queries by the time you finish reading this guide, you will find all of our contact information at the end.
Injury abroad what to do? There are a number of things you should do to give yourself the greatest chance of securing compensation after an injury. This includes the following…
Get medical attention
Make sure you go to the doctor or visit the hospital. If you have experienced a severe injury then this will obviously be a necessity. However, a lot of people end up hurt and they think ‘oh I’ll be fine’ or ‘I know what’s wrong, I don’t need to waste my time at a doctors for them to tell me’. Nevertheless, you need to go if you are planning on filing a claim. This will give you a much more solid standing because you show that you have taken medical aid.
Don’t try and sort it out yourself
A lot of people try and sort it out themselves because they think it will be much more convenient or the other party is trying to convince them to. The trouble is that a lot of people find that they are out of their depth. This means that they frequently end up settling for less than they are entitled to, or sometimes nothing at all. It is always best to have a professional personal injury lawyer on your side. They know exactly what you need to do and how you can make the most from your claim.
It is important that you make a note of all the expenses you have incurred due to the injury you have experienced. If you have had to pay for your medical care, then keep all of your receipts. If you have had to pay for medication, then keep your receipts. Make not of any wages you may have lost, and so on and so forth.
Contact your insurer
You will also need to get in touch with your insurer as soon as possible so that they are aware of the situation and your intention to file a claim.
File a police report
The necessity of this differs depending on the type of personal injury experienced. However, it is always good to file a police report because you have legal documentation of what has happened. Furthermore, a police report coupled with seeking medical help, gives you a steady standing to begin filing your claim upon.
Before you go on holiday, no matter where in the world you are going, it is critical to make sure you write down all of the emergency numbers you could need. For Japan, 110 is the number to call the police. For emergency rescue, ambulance, and fire, the number is 119. For the coast guard, please dial 118.
You will need to have fully comprehensive medical insurance in order to access medical services in Japan. When taking out a travel or medical insurance policy, it is vital to make sure that Japan is included. Moreover, if you plan on doing any sports or activities while in Japan, you may need to purchase insurance for this as an add-on. The last thing you want to do is miss out on compensation because you have chosen the incorrect insurance plan. This is why reading the contract in full is of paramount importance.
Don’t wait until next month or next year to make a claim. There are filing deadlines that you need to be aware of. You can’t just make a claim whenever it suits you. The courts have limits, and these limits differ depending on the type of personal injury and consequently the type of claim being filed. However, when it comes to holiday accident claims in Japan.
|Circumstances/ type of claim||Limit within which to make a claim|
|Sickness or injury which happened on a UK package holiday. This needs to have been booked with a company in the UK.||3 years.|
|Accidents at sea on a cruise ship.||2 years from the beginning of the cruise. May very|
|If accident happened on a flight.||2 years may very.|
The solicitor being hired should be aware of your deadlines – it is advisable to ask them what they are, rather than assuming they know. You need to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
There are a number of different companies in the UK offering package holidays to Japan, including Virgin Holidays and Expedia. KAYAK and British Airways also offer deals to Japan too. If you have visited Japan as part of a package holiday, you will be covered by the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. For your holiday to be deemed a package holiday, it must include at least two of the following: accommodation, travel, or tour services.
Sadly injuries occur every single day. If you have had the misfortune of suffering an injury in Japan that was not your fault, you will be compensated for the incident. However, there are thousands and thousands of people situated all over the United Kingdom that have been entitled to compensation yet never claim. Why is this so? Well, the truth is that a lot of these people do not even realise they have the basis for a claim. This is because the term ‘personal injury’ is extremely general. Because of that, we aim to shed light on the various types of accidents that count as a personal injury. So, continue reading to find out more about the common accidents abroad international personal injury claims we have worked on.
While you are staying at a hotel, it is up to them to ensure that your stay is a comfortable, safe and healthy one. If this has not happened, and you have been injured while at the hotel you were staying at in Japan, there is a very high chance that you are going to have the basis for a winning compensation claim. There are so many different ways that a person could be injured while at a hotel. This includes developing an illness because the swimming pool has not been treated properly, for example, either too much or not enough chemicals have been used. You may also get ill because of food served, which is something we will discuss in more detail in the next section. Other accidents and incidents include slipping due to a broken pavement or something falling on top of you at the hotel.
There is no denying that food poisoning is one of the most common illnesses suffered by people when they go abroad. Food poisoning can happen in many different ways, from food not being stored properly to it not being cooked properly. The symptoms can vary dramatically too. While most people recover quickly and only have minor injuries, there are a lot of people that have suffered life-threatening symptoms because of their illness. Some of the most common symptoms include loss of appetite, fever, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhoea, and vomiting. It is important to drink a lot of water if you have food poisoning as well, as dehydration is another one of the possible symptoms, which can lead to further effects.
Incidents involving slips, trips and falls are the most common types of personal injury claims. From slipping on an unmarked wet floor to tripping over a broken pavement, there are many different ways these types of incidents can occur. These can happen anywhere from boarding or disembarking the flight to your hotel or whilst participating in activities.
People take lots of boat tours and excursions as well as cycling tours. Skiing and other winter sports are common in some parts of Japan as well. Therefore, when taking out insurance, it is so important to make sure the activities you are going to be engaging in will be covered. Standard travel insurance policies do not always cover activities like skiing. You will often have to purchase this as an add-on. You also need to make sure all activities are well regulated and that the activity and provider would be covered by your travel insurance. If you have done this, yet you have been injured because the provider has not provided in the service in the manner they should, you will be entitled to accident abroad compensation.
Sadly, road traffic accidents occur on a daily basis. Of course, there is always someone who is responsible for the road traffic accident in Japan, yet there are also those who end up injured through no fault of his or her own. If you fall into the latter category, you will be eligible for car accident abroad compensation by using a quality solicitor.
There are many different types of road traffic accidents. The following are some of the most common…
- Car crash in Japan
- Uninsured driver’s compensation
- Travel accident compensation
- Passenger injury compensation
- Untraced drivers compensation
- Bicycle injury compensation
- Motorbike accident claims
- Driver injury claims
- And much, much more…
A lot of people assume that they are going to need to use a personal injury solicitor based in Japan in order to make a personal injury claim in Japan. However, this is not the case. You can work with a solicitor in the UK, which is why we are able to assist you with such claims. This means you can choose a solicitor based on their expertise rather than purely their location.
Japan Personal Injury Claims Calculator
|What injury did you suffer?||How can this type of injury affect you?||How much could your claim be worth?|
|Fractured finger||Severe - may lead to severe reduced function or even the removal or partial removal of the finger||Up to £32,210|
|Hand injury||Minor up to severe. At the highest end, the loss of a hand is valued in a similar way to the loss of the entire arm, due to it's functionality.||£800 - £176,660|
|Leg injury||Simple fractures up to the amputation of both legs. Higher awards are made for more serious injuries.||up to to £247,280|
|Ankle injuries||Modest to severe. Covering a variety of injuries to the ankle or ankles. Higher awards at each level of severity reflect the impact of the injury.||from up to £12,050 - £61,110|
|Foot injuries||Again these run from modest to severe and cover a variety of forms of injury and levels of severity. Higher awards in each settlement band reflect more serious injuries.||from up to £12,050 - £176,660|
|Head or brain injury||Minor injuries. Compensation is based on the severity of the injury and time it takes to recover.||£1,940 to £11,200|
|Shoulder injury||Minor - Severe. Higher settlements reflect more serious forms of injury or more long term consequences.||£2,150 - £42,110|
|Back injury||Minor - Severe. Higher settlements reflect more serious forms of injury or more long term consequences.||£2,150 - £141,150|
|Injuries to the wrist (A - F)||Higher settlements are paid for more serious or long-term injuries.||Up to £52,490|
|Injury to the pelvis or the hip||From 'lesser' through to more severe injuries. At the top end, there may also be damage to the internal organs in the pelvic area.||£3,460 - £114,810|
If you have experienced a personal injury, which was no fault of your own, then it is likely that you will already be in a lot of distress as it is. Therefore, you need to make the insurance claim process as simple and hassle free as possible. This can be very difficult considering the wealth of different types of solicitors who work in the UK at the moment. It can be extremely confusing for individuals to determine who should handle their claim, never mind actually moving forward with the process.
Nevertheless, there is one type of solicitor booming in popularity at present. Seeking someone who can offer you No Win, No Fee compensation claims is highly recommended. This is a stress-free, straightforward and highly effective method of filing a claim.
There are several benefits associated with going for this type of personal injury solicitor. The most obvious benefit is that you cover yourself financially. You will only have to pay for the service of the solicitor if you win the claim. This means that if the claim is unsuccessful then you do not have to pay a penny and therefore there is no chance of you being out of pocket.
This is something that also eliminates a massive amount of stress and worry. You know that no matter what happens things cannot get worse. All you need to do is provide all of the necessary information and let the solicitor work his or her magic. You can focus on getting yourself better without having to worry about paying monumental legal fees.
You will also find that you will benefit from solicitors who work harder and care more about your claim. They know that if they fail to win the claim then they will not get paid as a result. This means that they will spend a lot of time, effort and resources on your case so that they are not left with no returns to show for it. This guarantees that they put all of their best efforts into ensuring that your claim is successful.
In addition to this, if a No Win, No Fee solicitor takes on your claim then you know that you have a high chance of winning. This is because these professionals are hardly going to take on a personal injury claim if they think that you stand little chance of a positive outcome. They won’t want to waste their time on something that is a long shot because their chances of getting paid are extremely low. Moreover, they won’t want to ruin their reputation by lowering their success rate either.
Here at Legal Expert, all of our provided Japan claims solicitors work on a No Win, No Fee basis, so you can be sure you will experience all of the benefits mentioned above.
Top 10 biggest cities
There are many different parts of Japan that appeal to people when booking a holiday here. Below, you will see a list of the biggest Japanese cities (starting from the biggest) based on population.
You may have been injured or fallen ill in these places, or it could be somewhere else in Japan. Wherever it is, we should be able to help.
The only thing left to do is get in touch with Legal Expert. We have a legal helpline available and we provide free legal advice; you can reach us on 0800 073 8804. You will speak to one of our seasoned professionals who will answer all of your questions for you and inform you of the strength of your case. You can be sure you are in safe hands. After all, we have many years of experience in personal injury claims.
If we think your accident abroad case is a strong one we will then carefully match you to the right specialist solicitor for you from our panel. All of these solicitors work on a No Win, No Fee basis. Therefore, you do not need any money to begin your claim and the risk that is associated with going down the traditional route is eliminated. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today. We promise you wont find a better company to handle your claim.
We hope that this guide has been helpful while you have been looking for more information about holiday accident claims in Japan. However, if you need some more advice or you are looking for important contact information, the below should assist.
British Embassy Tokyo
No 1 Ichiban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 (3) 5211 1100
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4.30pm
British consular services in Japan
The British Embassy located in Tokyo – This links to the embassy’s website where you can find useful information.
The embassy in Osaka – If you’re nearer to Osaka, this might be a better link for you to use
NHS advice on Japan travel – Looking to travel or want up to date advice on travelling to Japan? Look here.