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Accident Working Abroad Claims | No Win No Fee

By Jo Greenwood. Last Updated 26th July 2023. With the world becoming a smaller place, more and more people are moving abroad for work. Sometimes these opportunities are brief, and you maintain your employment with your employer over here. If you get injured, however, you could get compensation for an accident when working abroad. Claims of this nature can be difficult, but our solicitors are specialists in this field.

Below, we explain the criteria for making these claims. We also cover compensation payouts and how you can take advantage of a No WIn No Fee agreement.

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Accident working abroad claims

Our guide to claims for accidents at work abroad

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  1. Could I Claim For An Accident That Happened While Working Abroad?
  2. Do I Need Evidence For Accident Abroad Claims?
  3. Do I Need To Work With Accident Solicitors Abroad?
  4. Examples Of Accidents At Work You Could Claim For
  5. What Can You Claim For After An Accident Abroad?
  6. Compensation Payouts In Accident Abroad Claims
  7. Can I Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
  8. Make A Claim Today
  9. Helpful Links On Accident At Work Claims

Could I Claim For An Accident That Happened While Working Abroad?

There are two different types of accident claims about accidents at work overseas. These are as follows:

  1. An injury that has happened overseas for an employer based in England, Scotland, or Wales.
  2. An overseas accident for an employer based in Northern Island or any other country outside of the United Kingdom.

If you fall into the former category, you work in the UK for a UK-based employer. Yet, you were sent overseas for a business trip, and you got injured, you may be able to secure compensation by claiming against your employer.

This is because all employers in the UK owe a duty of care to the people who work for them. If you can prove that your employer (if based in Scotland, Wales, or England) has failed in terms of this duty of care, you can go forward and claim compensation before the Courts in Scotland, Wales or England.

Do I Need Evidence For Accident Abroad Claims?

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for an accident while working abroad, you will need evidence to support your case. Evidence could help with proving that your employer was liable for the accident and the nature of the injuries you suffered. Some examples of the evidence that could be used to help support accident working abroad claims include:

  • CCTV footage – if there is footage of the accident, this could be useful.
  • Witness details – if you gather contact details, people who have seen the accident could be approached for a statement at a later date.
  • Photographs of the scene of the accident and/or your injuries.
  • Medical records – if you have records showing the injuries you sustained and the treatment you received, this could be useful.
  • Financial documentation – if you have suffered out-of-pocket expenses due to your injuries while working abroad, bank statements and bills could be useful in evidencing this.

To learn more about the evidence that could be gathered to help support accident abroad claims, you can speak to an advisor.

Do I Need To Work With Accident Solicitors Abroad?

No, if a UK-based company is your employer, or you booked overseas travel as part of a package, we can help. This includes a gap year work accident, holiday rep accident abroad, and other similar situations. If you are unsure whether or not we would be able to assist you, the best thing to do is call us, and we will explain further. We have experience with a vast assortment of personal injury claims, so we may be able to secure compensation for you no matter how obscure the situation appears.

Examples Of Accidents At Work You Could Claim For

Many people are worried about claiming against their employer because they fear the business will have repercussions and that their co-workers could suffer. This is nothing for you to fret about. All employers need to have insurance in place by law. Therefore, the compensation comes from the insurer rather than from your employer’s back pocket. This is worth keeping in mind when building the case for your accidents while working abroad.

Slip trip and fall accidents at work abroad

There is no denying that slip, trip and fall accidents are the most common. If you want to make an accident at work slip, trip or fall, we can assist. The liability for the accident will depend on where the incident happened. For example, if you tripped because of uneven pavement in a car park at a supermarket, the supermarket’s owner will be to blame. If you slipped because of a lack of safety at a hotel swimming pool, the hotel’s owner would be to blame.

Car accidents at work overseas

If you have been involved in a car accident, you can also claim if the accident was not your fault. There are many different ways such an incident can happen. Examples include:

  • A driver failing to pay attention.
  • Another driver speeding.
  • Car accidents due to potholes and uneven roads.
  • Car accidents because roadworks have not been correctly signposted.
  • Someone driving under the influence.

What Can You Claim For After An Accident Abroad?

If you claim an accident that has happened overseas, you will secure several different damages. This includes the following:

General damages relate to the compensation you will get for the pain and suffering that you have encountered. This can be physical or psychological suffering.

For the other damages, which are essentially out of pocket expenses, make sure you keep track of these and have proof of these costs.

It is also worth noting that there is a personal injury claims time limit, which is generally three years. Court proceedings do need to begin within this timeframe. So, please do not wait around to begin your claim for any accidents while working abroad. Again, please check with us to learn more about this as, if you’re claiming for an accident abroad, the exact time limit may differ.

Compensation Payouts In Accident Abroad Claims

You probably want to know how much compensation you will receive if you claim an accident that has happened while working overseas. It isn’t easy to provide you with an accurate figure because all cases are different. Therefore, your claim will be handled individually, taking everything relating to the accident into account, and you will be awarded a fair amount considering this. In the table below, you can find out more about the typical payout for injuries often sustained in these claims.

Type of Injury Severity Bracket of Compensation Features of Injury
Brain Moderately Severe £219,070 to £282,010 This will lead to serious disabilities with the need for constant professional and other care. Potential disabilities can include limb paralysis, intellectual or personality impairments.
Brain Moderate (iii) £43,060 to £90,720 Potential symptoms include memory and concentration issues, with the ability to work being reduced, with a small risk of epilepsy.
Arm Severe £96,160 to £130,930 Injuries that are extremely serious but fall short of amputation. An example of this could be a serious brachial plexus injury.
Back Severe (ii) £74,160 to £88,430 Examples of injuries in this bracket include nerve root damage causing loss of sensation, impaired bladder and bowel function.
Back Severe (iii) £38,780 to £69,730 Examples of injuries in this bracket include soft tissue injuries, disc fractures or disc lesions that cause chronic conditions.
Pelvis and Hips Moderate (i) £26,590 to £39,170 Significant hip or pelvis injury. However, any permanent disability caused will not be major.
Leg Less Serious £17,960 to £27,760 Leg fractures where an incomplete recovery is made or serious soft tissue injuries.
Neck Moderate (ii) £13,740 to £24,990 Soft tissue or wrenching-type injuries and severe disc lesions that cause symptoms such as stiffness, discomfort and serious movement limitation.
Shoulder Serious £12,770 to £19,200 Lower brachial plexus damage or shoulder dislocation leading to shoulder and neck pain.
PTSD Moderate £8,180 to £23,150 Recovery will largely be made and any symptoms that are continuous will not be grossly disabling.

If you cannot find the injury you have suffered in the table above, please do not panic – you can still make a claim. For more information about the payout amount, give our team a call to advise. We can inform you in just one phone call if you’re eligible to claim for an accident while working abroad. We can also provide you with more information about the amount of compensation you could receive.

Can I Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?

When you hire Legal Expert, one of the main benefits of our service is that we work on a 100 per cent No Win No Fee basis. What does this mean? Essentially, if you make a claim and the case is not successful, you won’t have to pay anything in terms of legal fees. If you make a claim and the case is successful, you will pay the solicitor a percentage of your compensation.

This will be a figure that you have agreed on beforehand. Not only does this mean that you are protected financially when you make a case, but a No Win No Fee accident at work abroad means that you do not need to make any upfront payments and, therefore, anyone can make a claim. This approach has resulted in accidents while working abroad claims being more attainable for people worried about paying large sums of money for legal representation.

Make A Claim Today

If you have been involved in an accident while working abroad and you are ready to make a claim, we are here to help you. Not only can we start the claim process for you and help you to get the highest level of compensation possible, but we can answer any queries you may have too, and we will do so free of charge.

The number you can reach us on is 0800 073 8804. You will speak to one of our friendly and professional advisors, who will assist you in any manner they can. There are also many other ways to get in touch, which you will find on our contact page. But contact us anytime to learn how to claim.

Helpful Links On Accident At Work Claims

We hope you have found this guide useful if you have had an accident while working abroad. However, if you are still looking for more accident abroad claims advice and guidance, you may find the links useful below.

Work accident claims – This takes you to our guide on accident at work claims in general. This includes details on the different types of accidents at work, the time limits on claiming and much more.

NHS Conditions – This takes you to the NHS page on different health conditions and treatments. You can read further information and advice on everything from sciatica and clinical depression to back pain and kidney infection.

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