- Serious Injuries Abroad
Gerard is routinely instructed to represent those who suffer brain, spinal and other serious injuries in accidents both in the UK and abroad. Examples of his case results can be found here.
Gerard is more than aware of the additional difficulties faced by those who have been injured overseas. After any serious accident, individuals and their families have to turn their minds to:
- The immediate clinical needs of the injured and the cost of dealing with those needs
- Travel insurance issues
- Liaison with clinical services on return
- Liaison with medical experts for the purpose of the claim
- Understanding very different legal processes.
Gerard is recommended in the UK Bar Guide for his expertise in Travel Law. He has an increasing number of cases with a cross border element to them. He also has specialist knowledge of conflicts of law and has been instructed in some of the leading cases in this area.
Whilst Gerard acts in a number of Personal Injury cases, he also has experience in a number of other areas of law including Product Liability, Employment Law and Commercial Law. As a result, he is happy to advise clients in a broad range of disputes arising overseas.
Gerard has been admitted as Attorney-at-Law in New York (non-practising) for over twenty years. Gerard is also very involved in a number of associations:
- Former Leader of the European Circuit of the Bar
- Former President of the American Counsel Association
- American Bar Association (in particular the Section of Litigation)
- American Association for Justice
- Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
- Bar European Group and European Circuit
- Accidents in the USA
If you or a relative has been injured whilst in the US, then we can help you.
Gerard has been admitted as Attorney-at-Law in New York for over twenty years (non-practising). Gerard is also very involved in a number of associations.
- Former President of the American Counsel Association;
- American Bar Association (in particular the Section of Litigation);
- American Association for Justice,
- Fellow of the American Bar Foundation;
Gerard has developed, over 25 years, relationships with leading US leading lawyers so as to offer a better service to clients. He regularly visits America and has delivered a number of talks to various firms.
Gerard has developed a close relationship with Clifford Law Offices in Chicago. Clifford Law Offices has been selected by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® as a 2016 “Best Law Firm” in six legal categories. Bob Clifford, founder and senior partner was named 2012 Chicago Lawyer Person of the Year by the Chicago Lawyer magazine.
Visit www.cliffordlaw.com for more information
- Accidents At Sea
If you have suffered injury whilst on board a ship at sea, we can help you make a claim.
At Gerard McDermott QC Ltd, we can help you with the following types of claim:
- Trips and falls whilst a passenger on a cruise ship
- Food poisoning whilst on a cruise
- Bacterial and other viral illness whilst on board
- Accidents whilst embarking and disembarking
- Crew members suffering injury whilst at work
How do I claim?
International carriage of passengers by sea is governed by a set of rules called the Athens Convention.
The Convention covers not only accidents at sea but other issues such as food poisoning and outbreaks of bacterial and viral illnesses that occur whilst at sea.
You do have to prove that someone was to blame to succeed with your claim unless you were involved in a major incident such as a collision on the seas or a shipwreck.
If you have suffered an accident whilst on board as a member of crew, you may be able to bring a claim against the owner or operator of the ship in the same way you would had you suffered an accident at work on land.
There is a strict 2 year time limit for bringing claims under the Convention that unlike time limits that apply to other types of claim, cannot be varied in any way.
In claims involving crew members, claims must normally be submitted within 3 years of the date of the accident if being brought in England and Wales.
If you have suffered an accident on board a ship either as a passenger or crew member, contact us today to discuss your claim.