Suffering a brain injury is devastating. If your accident occurs abroad, it brings added complexities.

International brain injury claims

For over 30 years we have been recognised for our expertise in acting for people who have sustained a brain injury. We understand the devastating impact sustaining a serious head injury can have on you and your family. Sustaining a brain injury abroad can make things even more difficult.

We have the specialist knowledge, experience and understanding to deal with complex brain injury claims wherever the injury is sustained.

Accredited accidents abroad specialists

Stewarts are the only firm in the UK with solicitors who hold dual APIL accreditations in both Accidents Abroad and Brain Injury and recognised as leading individuals in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500, the two leading independent legal directories.

Our team of specialist international injury lawyers has successfully represented clients in many highly complex and precedent-setting cases in England and Wales and in courts overseas. In the three years up to and including 2022, Stewarts recovered £223 million in compensation for clients with brain injuries sustained abroad as a result of:

  • Accidents at work
  • Accidents at sea
  • Medical negligence
  • Film, TV and stunt accidents
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Skiing accidents
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Sports accidents (including extreme and professional sports)
  • Holiday excursions (including quad bikes and snowmobiles)

Whilst it is common to be able to bring your claim in the country where the accident occurred, that may not be the best or most convenient option for you. We can advise you whether it is possible to bring your claim in the country where you live, where the Defendant resides, or as determined by how you made any relevant booking.

We have developed strong links with like-minded specialist lawyers worldwide and work with them to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

We know the needs of those with brain injuries are wide-ranging and complex. To ensure we provide a proactive and highly focused legal service, our lawyers have smaller caseloads than any law firm specialising in international claims. While other firms have lawyers who are focused on either serious injuries or international aspects of the law, we are unique in having a team with this dual focus and expertise.

In complex cases, instructing us early is important and can enable us to make an impact by obtaining interim payments to assist with private rehabilitation, rehousing, purchasing equipment and care support. In cases where liability is clear, we regularly obtain substantial interim payments. All clients have different needs, and not all are directly connected to the litigation process. We adopt a holistic approach, which includes access to a range of leading brain injury case managers.

In some countries around the world there is a lack of neuro-rehabilitation specialists. We have extensive experience of working with brain injury case managers to identify specialist therapists who can provide the required expertise either directly or by training and supervising local therapists.

Anyone who has suffered a brain injury should seek legal advice on whether a compensation claim can be made. If you or a family member have suffered a brain injury abroad, please feel free to contact us for an initial discussion on a no-commitment basis. Likewise, even if you have already instructed other lawyers, whether in England or abroad, but you would like a second opinion, you should not hesitate to contact us. We are frequently approached to take over existing claims due to our expertise. Transferring a case is usually quick and simple; more information can be found on our changing your legal team page.

Sadly, in serious accident claims you usually only get one opportunity to achieve justice and financial security, so it is important that you can place your trust in the most experienced legal team available to you.


If you require assistance, please contact us or request a call from one of our lawyers.

Meet the International Injury Team

Our team is ranked No.1 in both Chambers and The Legal 500.

We are unique in that all of our partners are individually ranked by both of these well respected directories and have specialist accreditations from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Christopher Deacon, Senior Associate, International Injury, Stewarts

Life Beyond Injury

We have created a series of films that tell the stories of our clients who suffered traumatic injuries. Each individual has had to face their own challenges in order to lead a fulfilling life.

By sharing these stories, we hope that recently injured people can see that with the right support they too can overcome adversity and continue to lead full and active lives.

Life beyond injury