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Accidents in the USA
A growing number of people travel to the USA, both for a holiday and for work, and while the US is largely a safe destination for travellers, unfortunately, things do sometimes go wrong. When they do, it is vital that you seek recompense with the guidance of experienced travel law solicitors, such as the team at JMW.
Naturally, those places that attract lots of British tourists tend to see a higher number of accidents. Florida remains a popular destination for family holidays, while cities on the East Coast, including New York and Washington, make for great short breaks, and the West Coast sunshine attracts many of us for fly drive holidays through California and Nevada. As a result, we commonly see enquiries relating to:
- Road traffic accidents
- Slips, trips and falls
- Accidents at work
- Aviation accidents
- Accidents caused by defective equipment
How Do I Make a Compensation Claim After an Accident in the USA?
It is important that you seek specialist legal advice from the outset, as you may have a choice whether to pursue your claim in England or in the USA, and it’s important you are able to make an informed decision about this. For example, compensation may be higher in the USA, but rules about legal costs are more generous in England. Our specialist team can guide you through the process. We often act as Co-Counsel with a specialist American lawyer to ensure we can achieve the best result for you.
How Long Do I Have to Make My Claim?
The time limit on making your claim varies, depending on the circumstances of your case. The usual English law time limit of three years may well not apply and we would urge you to contact us as soon as possible so that we can investigate the time limit that applies.
Laws vary from state to state, and compensation can be much higher than what is seen in England as the Courts can award additional money to a victim to punish the defendant for their behaviour - this is known as punitive damages. Here at JMW, we have links with the American Association of Justice, meaning we can access specialist claimant personal injury lawyers across the USA who have your best interests at heart and can highlight cases where punitive damages may be awarded.
Most claims can be brought to a conclusion without the need for you to attend Court. We can arrange video conferencing to enable you to speak with an American lawyer as necessary, and even if Court proceedings are required in the USA, you may be able to give your witness evidence by video deposition from home.