Top lawyers from the UK, US and Europe gathered yesterday in Manchester to tackle the latest challenges facing people who suffer injuries overseas, ahead of the winter holiday season.
The seminar - Cross Border Personal Injury – Handling Claims for those Injured Abroad at Manchester’s Civil Justice Centre on November 4 – looked at the additional hurdles faced by those who have been seriously injured while overseas.
The seminar was organised by Gerard McDermott QC who has a practice at 9 St John Street, Manchester and internationally with London based Outer Temple Chambers. He is a leading personal injury QC, dealing with catastrophic injury, such as spinal cord injury or brain injury. The seminar will examine recent legal developments in injuries sustained overseas. The seminar was chaired by leading aviation lawyer Geraldine McCool of manchester based MPH Solicitors.
Joining McDermott, leading personal injury lawyers Bob Clifford and Michael Krzak of Clifford Law Offices, Chicago, Jamie Rhind of the Spinal Injuries Association and Sarah Crowther of 3 Hare Court, London.
Gerard McDermott QC said: “There is a great deal of red tape to untangle when someone is injured overseas. Even in the European Union member states have different laws and processes which can make bringing a claim for a serious injury extremely difficult. The law is developing in this area and we will be looking at what the latest developments are and best practice in handling these claims.
“With many Europeans travelling to the US and vice versa, particularly over the winter months, the contribution of our participants from Chicago will be invaluable. An understanding of how catastrophic personal injury claims can be made in other jurisdictions has to be a vital element of any lawyer’s remit when working in this field.
“At what can be the most difficult time in a person’s life and their family’s life, when they have suffered a life-changing injury, it is essential the legalities are not slowed down or hindered simply because there is a cross border element to the claim.
“We have pulled together leaders in their fields, covering spinal injuries, aviation and medical malpractice as well as road traffic accidents, all of whom have vast experience of cross-border claims.”
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