If you’ve been injured in an accident, or have suffered an illness while working abroad, you might be able to claim compensation. We can help you if you have suffered an accident or illness while working abroad, including:

  • Accidents in the workplace
  • Industrial Diseases
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Accidents and illnesses at your hotel
  • Accidents occurring in your leisure time

Whether you are able to bring your claim in in the UK (as is often the case), or another country, we have the experience and expertise to help you. We understand that you might have concerns about claiming against your employer – particularly if you’re hoping to resume employment with them.

Our team of specialist lawyers has many years of experience in this area. We will ensure that your claim is made sensitively, protecting your employment rights while all the time fighting to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.

Our Experience In Accident And Illness Claims While Working Abroad

We have the largest and most experienced team of international personal injury lawyers in the UK. Our team are experts in the complexities of UK and international law, when an employee has had an accident or suffered an illness while working abroad.

Set up in 1997, our team includes lawyers fluent in a number of foreign languages, including French, German and Spanish, as well as solicitors who are qualified to practice in different countries. Over the last two years we have helped our clients claim over £100 million in compensation for accidents and illnesses abroad. The skill and size of our team has led to us being consistently rated as a leading firm in this area:

“The power of this firm rests in its ‘Worldwide expertise, comprising five partners and 48 lawyers’. Its talent covers a range of jurisdictions and accident areas. Although collecting a massive volume of instructions ranging from minor to catastrophic injury claims, sources note its ability to ‘consider each case carefully in light of the implications of local law and achieve some fantastic results with it’."
Chambers and Partners

“Irwin Mitchell is ‘the leading firm for claimant work’ and is highly regarded in the travel and holiday market.”
Legal 500

How We Handle Accident Abroad Claims

We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident or illness to uncover who is at fault. We will then put a claim together that takes your long term needs into account and considers:

  • The severity of your physical and psychological injuries
  • Past and future financial losses, such as medical expenses or loss of earnings
  • Any counselling, rehabilitation and future care costs
  • Necessary modifications to your home due to your injuries

Our large and experienced team is unique among UK law firms. We are able to pursue even the most complex claims, wherever in the world you have been injured.

It’s important that you contact us as soon as you can following your accident or illness. The time limits on personal injury claims can be as little as 12 months in some countries, so it’s important we start work on your claim at the earliest opportunity.

Our solicitors will handle your case with dedication and sensitivity. We will explain your legal rights, free from jargon, and will keep you regularly updated of your claim’s progress. Throughout your claim you will have a dedicated lawyer (or team of lawyers), as well as our client liaison team, who will help you access the specialist care and support you need.

We also aim to minimise stress, and are mindful that you may wish to continue in your current role with your employer. Where there are difficulties in this area, we work closely with our employment law team to ensure your rights are protected.

Contact Us To Talk About Making A Claim

For a free consultation about making a compensation claim for an accident or illness while working abroad, call free on 0800 121 6558 or contact us online.


Legal 500

Practice head Clive Garner is a “game changer, who knows foreign and international law like the back of his hand”

Legal 500 2015

Chambers 2016 

"They are efficient and pay extraordinary personal attention to the client."

Chambers & Partners 2016

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The above information relates to the law in England and Wales.

* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.

All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.

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