Accidents & Illness Abroad Claims

Accidents While Working Abroad Claims

If you've been injured while working overseas, we could help you make a claim if we can show that your accident was caused as a result of negligence or a breach of duty. Our lawyers have extensive experience in helping people to claim for accidents and illnesses overseas, and we can help you to get the compensation that you deserve.

We’ve helped many clients to claim compensation after they were injured in a range of circumstances, including working in offices, in shipyards on oil rigs, on building sites, in factories or while travelling for work abroad. If you’ve been injured in any way while working abroad and you think that someone was to blame, we could help you to make a claim.

It may seem daunting to pursue a compensation claim if you were injured while working in a different country and are unsure of local health and safety regulations, or whether or not your employer or other person responsible is bound by UK legislation when operating abroad. It can be even more confusing if your employer at the time was not based in the UK.

In these situations, it helps to have the experts on your side. We aim to make the claims process as simple as possible for you, offering our advice in plain English every step of the way. Our team of lawyers will help to establish if anybody was at fault, and whether the case would be pursued in the UK or abroad. Call us today on 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation, or contact us through our website.

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Accidents While Working Abroad Claims - More Information
    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we'll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household, travel or car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you're best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we'll explain the process clearly. You'll only have to pay anything if your claim is successful – even then your opponent will pay most of our fees, with the remaining costs coming out of your compensation settlement.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you receive after an accident or illness abroad will depend on a number of factors related to your injury or illness, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • Your condition, and its severity
      • Psychological trauma experienced
      • Current and future loss of earnings if you've had to stop working in the short or long-term
      • Medical expenses you've had to or will have to pay both abroad and in the UK, as well as travel expenses to any appointments
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home
      • Mobility aids
      • The amount you had spent on your holiday or travel abroad, and the loss of enjoyment you've experienced
      • Your pain and suffering
      • Other financial loss or expense due to your injury

      For more information, call us on 0800 121 6558 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Claim In The UK?
    • Even if your accident or illness occurred abroad, you can often make a claim here in the UK, though this will vary depending on your circumstances. For example, if you suffered an accident or illness while staying in a hotel as part of a package holiday, you should be able to make a claim against the tour operator here in the UK.

      You can also usually claim in the UK if you’re claiming against an individual insurer or employer that is based in the UK, or a business or insurer based in the EU. The law around compensation is different in each country, so we will consider where it would be best to make your claim in order to get the best possible result for you.

      If you do have to make a claim abroad, there’s nothing to worry about as we have years of experience in helping clients to claim in more than 80 countries around the world. We work with an international network of law firms to represent and support our clients and their families when they need to claim, no matter which country the accident or illness occurred in. Most claims are settled out of court, so it’s unlikely that you will need to travel abroad for a court case. If this is necessary in your case, we will support you every step of the way.

      If you have any questions or concerns about making a claim abroad, contact us on 0800 121 6558 for a free consultation. We'll be able to advise you on your options, and talk you through the process.

    • Will I Need To Make My Claim With A Foreign Law Firm?
    • We're experts in international law and have helped clients to claim compensation following accidents and illnesses in countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Australasia.

      We do work with an international network of law firms who can help gather evidence, advise on local differences in law, and attend court hearings if needed.

      However, we'll act as your only point of contact throughout your claim, removing any language barriers and making things as easy as possible for you.

      We believe that no one should be put off making a claim for compensation that they're entitled to just because an accident or illness occurred in another country, so we aim to make the entire process as simple as possible for you. Contact us on 0800 121 6558 for a free consultation about your case, and we'll talk you through your options.

I was relieved that the hotel finally agreed to settle my claim fairly – it’s been really frustrating but I’m looking forward to being able to put this behind me.”

Mr. H, client

Frequently Asked Questions

Will The Country My Employer Is Based In Affect My Claim?

The country your employer is based in may affect the way that we pursue your claim, but it may not make a big difference from your perspective.

We work with an international network of law firms, and you should still be able to claim compensation if your employer or other person responsible is found to have acted negligently under local law. The details might be different, but laws exist to protect workers from negligent employers in nearly every country.

Local legal frameworks might also affect your claim, but again, this shouldn't change things from your perspective. If your employer is based in the United States, for example, they could be subject to both State and Federal laws, which may affect our approach to your case. However, we will handle every aspect of your case for you, and if your case is dealt with by a law firm we work with abroad, we’ll normally act as your single point of contact.

If your employer is based in the UK and is responsible for your accident we can usually make your claim in the UK courts, even if the accident happened abroad. If your employer is based overseas, it may still be possible to bring your claim in the UK. Whatever the circumstances, we have the experience needed to help you access the compensation you deserve.

If you're unsure about anything, or have any questions about how a claim will work, contact us today on 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation on your claim.

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What's The Process For A Work Accident Abroad Claim?

If you were injured while working abroad, you may be worried about not understanding foreign legal systems, or language barriers making it hard to claim. We’ve got all the experience needed to overcome these barriers and we'll do everything we can to make your claim process as simple and straightforward as possible, so you can focus on coping with your injuries.

Contact us online or call 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation. We'll discuss your accident, and if we're confident that you have a claim we'll let you know whether the case would be handled at home or abroad. In either case, your claim will usually go through these steps:

Stage One: Investigation

Our lawyers, or our partners abroad, will investigate your accident, including determining the circumstances under which it happened, speaking to any witnesses, and finding out any other relevant details such as whether a known fault with machinery caused your accident.

At this stage, our aim is to find out who is responsible for your accident. You'll have a medical examination to determine the extent of your injuries, and what kind of support or rehabilitation you will need.

Stage Two: Rehabilitation

We'll arrange any care or support that you are entitled to, helping you access rehabilitation and specialist advice where necessary.

Stage Three: Compensation

We usually calculate the amount of compensation you'll get based on several things:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • Any medical expenses you've had to pay already, or may need to in future
  • Your occupation, and whether your injuries have prevented you from returning to work now or in the future
  • Any past and future care and rehabilitation to which you are entitled
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Any consideration of local law

Once these have been established, we'll put the case to whoever is responsible for your injuries, and their insurers.

They may accept blame early on, in which case we'll help you get your compensation as soon as possible. If they contest the claim, the case could go to court – where we'll continue to represent and support you and your family – but it’s important to remember that the majority of cases are settled out of court.

Stage Four: Conclusion

You will be awarded compensation if your claim is successful, and if your claim is pursued in England and Wales under a No Win No Fee agreement our fees will mostly be paid by your opponent. A portion of your compensation settlement will cover the rest of our fee. Under such an agreement, you’ll pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful.

If you have any questions about the claims process, get in touch with us today on 0800 121 6558.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For An Accident Working Abroad Claim?

Claiming against an employer or other organisation can be a daunting prospect, particularly when it involves claiming for something that happened abroad, where health and safety laws may be different. It helps to have the experts on your side, and we'll support you every step of the way when you make a claim with us.

We have the UK's largest team of international personal injury lawyers, with extensive experience in cases related to accidents and injuries abroad. With industry-leading expertise in both UK and international law, our team includes lawyers who are fluent in French, German and Spanish, and some who are qualified to practice overseas.

Just like we would if your injury happened in the UK, we will put your interests and wellbeing first when handling your claim. Whatever the nature of your injury, our top priority is to make sure you get the rehabilitation you are entitled to, and a compensation settlement that reflects the severity of your injury and the suffering and disruption it has caused.

Throughout the entire process of your claim, we'll aim to explain everything to you in plain English and make sure you are aware of all your options at every stage. We will always take your long-term needs into account when putting your claim together, including the cost of any future medical treatment or counselling you may need.

Call us today on 0800 121 6558 for a free initial consultation about your claim.

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We know how important rehabilitation is.

Our personal injury solicitors work closely with rehabilitation specialists to ensure that our clients receive the support they need. We’re proud to have won Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven separate occasions.

We want you to have the best possible quality of life after your claim, and we’ll make sure that you have access to advice, care and therapies to achieve this.


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