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

International spinal injuries claims

Suffering a spinal cord injury is a devastating and life-changing event. Sustaining a serious injury abroad can make the situation even more challenging.

We conduct more spinal cord injury cases than any other law firm in the UK and can usually assist with accidents wherever they occur.

Accredited spinal injury and accident abroad specialists

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

Our international injury team has successfully represented clients in many highly complex and ground-breaking cases in England and Wales and in courts overseas. In the three years up to and including 2022, Stewarts have recovered over £333 million in compensation for clients with spinal injuries sustained 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 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 spinal 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 used to fund private therapies, purchase accommodation and equipment, and set up care regimes. 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.

We have also developed links with specialist spinal cord injury practitioners and work with them to ensure our clients receive the best possible rehabilitation.

Anyone who has suffered a spinal cord injury should seek legal advice on whether a compensation claim can be made. If you or a family member have suffered a spinal 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.

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