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Accident working abroad

Updated by Max Mitrovic on 14th April 2022. Welcome to our guide on claiming compensation for accidents while working abroad. A lot of people now go abroad for work at a certain point within their life. This could be on a short-time basis, such as for a business trip, a voluntary project overseas, or a gap year.

It could also be on a longer basis, for example, if you have a set term overseas for the business that you work for while a new office is being set up or you are in charge of a new project. While most people have a trouble-free and enjoyable experience while overseas, some suffer an accident while working abroad. Suppose you have been injured while in another country, we can help you get the amount of compensation you deserve. Many people feel they cannot make a personal injury claim if they were working in another country, but this is certainly not the case.

At Legal Expert, we have helped many people to get the maximum compensation they deserve. If you want to ask us any questions or get started with the claims process, you can ring us on 0800 073 8804. However, before you do so, make sure you read further below to discover everything you could need to possibly know about making accidents while working abroad claim. This includes compensation claims for any necessary medical treatment after your workplace accident.

Pick a section

  1. Your guide to Accidents while working abroad claims
  2. What constitutes an Accident at work
  3. Common roles for overseas workers
  4. Accidents while on overseas business trip
  5. What should be done if you suffer injury after accidents while working abroad?
  6. How will injuries be assessed?
  7. Do I need a foreign solicitor if I am injured overseas?
  8. Claiming against your employer
  9. Slip trip and fall accidents at work abroad
  10. Car accidents at work overseas
  11. What can I claim for within an accident while working overseas claim?
  12. How much accident while working abroad compensation should I receive?
  13. No Win No Fee Accident at work abroad claims
  14. Why Call Legal Expert?
  15. Begin an accident at work overseas claim with us
  16. Helpful Links

Your guide to Accidents while working abroad claims

Whether you are a social care worker, a university student, or you work in construction, you will probably find that there is an opportunity for you to work abroad at some stage in your life. This is becoming more and more common for people today. From students taking gap years to project managers who need to see an overseas project, many different incidents require people to travel to different countries.

Accident at work abroad claims arise from injuries abroad that are caused by third-party negligence. Irrespective of whether your trip lasts two days or two months, if you suffered a personal injury work accident abroad, you may be entitled to compensation. Claiming successfully for an accident while working abroad involves providing sufficient evidence. 

In the guide below, we will reveal everything you could need about these types of personal injury claims. This includes information on working out how much compensation you may receive via a personal injury claims calculator, as well as providing information on how to launch such a claim and the different damages you are allowed to claim for if you do proceed.

What constitutes an Accident at work overseas

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.

Common roles for overseas workers

There are so many different opportunities for people that want to work overseas today. However, some of the most common are as follows:

  • Holiday reps
  • Business development executives
  • Construction project managers
  • Oil rig workers
  • Cruise ship workers
  • Foreign aid representatives

These are some of the most common roles for overseas workers, but you can find opportunities in many areas, from teaching to social care. Accidents while working abroad claims can occur from many different situations. To see if you can claim, you can contact us for free legal advice using the above details.

Accidents while on overseas business trip

There are many different reasons why you may need to travel abroad for a business trip. Perhaps you are pitching an idea to a potential client? Maybe you are attending an important industry conference or trade show? Or, maybe you will be meeting up with members of an overseas department for the business you work for? No matter your reasons for going on a business trip, if you are injured on a work trip, you may be entitled to compensation if the accident was not down to your fault. Your UK-based employer has a legal duty of care to ensure that all of their employees are safe and healthy while working.

This duty of care extends to incidents whereby their employers are abroad. Your employer may be to blame if, for example, they have not provided you with correct training on the job you will be doing overseas. Otherwise, you could claim against the hotel or tour operator if the hotel was not safe or you were involved in an accident while using provided transportation from the airport to the hotel.

If you sustained food poisoning, you would be able to claim the restaurant or eatery. As you can see, there are many different ways that an accident at work in another country can happen.

Accident at work abroad claims can be difficult to navigate as important aspects of claiming, such as the employer’s duty of care or the claim time limit need to be clarified. That’s one of the reasons you may prefer to use a personal injury solicitor to claim.

What should you do if you suffer injury after accidents while working abroad?

If you suffer an accident on a work trip, there are several different steps that you need to take. These are as follows:

  1. Contact your employer. Even though the accident has happened in another country, you still need to contact your employer to inform them about what happened. By law, all employers need to keep an accident report book, which must be recorded in this. Moreover, this will serve as an official record of the accident you were involved in, which will strengthen your case.
  2. Take photographs of the scene and/or your injuries, if applicable.
  3. Get contact information of anyone that witnessed what happened to you. Witness statements could work well to strengthen the case you put forward.
  4. Write down the details of everything that happened so you can refer back to it if needed.
  5. Get in touch with a personal injury lawyer. This is where we come in. All you need to do is ring our helpline, and we shall take you through the entire claims process.

How will injuries be assessed?

You may be wondering how your injuries will be assessed when it comes to a personal injury work accident overseas. Your personal injury solicitor can provide you with a medical appointment with an independent medical professional. This individual will assess our injuries, and they will put together a medical report that will detail the severity of your original injury, as well as future prognosis. There will also be details on your treatment and how the injury has impacted you mentally and physically. This will then be used to determine how much compensation you will receive.

Compensation from accident at work abroad claims is partly determined by the severity of the injuries you’ve suffered. A report from a medical professional can help illustrate how the accident has affected you.

Do I need a foreign solicitor if I am injured overseas?

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.

Claiming against your employer

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 I claim for within an accident while working overseas claim?

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.

How much accident while working abroad compensation will I receive?

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 InjurySeverityBracket of CompensationFeatures of Injury
BrainModerately Severe£205,580 to £264,650This will lead to serious disabilities with the need for constant professional and other care. Potential disabilities can include limb paralysis, intellectual or personality impairments.
ShoulderSerious£11,980 to £18,020Lower brachial plexus damage or shoulder dislocation leading to shoulder and neck pain.
Pelvis and HipsModerate (i)£24,950 to £36,770Significant hip or pelvis injury. However, any permanent disability caused will not be major.
BackSevere (iii)£36,390 to £65,440Examples of injuries in this bracket include soft tissue injuries, disc fractures or disc lesions that cause chronic conditions.
BrainModerate (iii)£40,410 to £85,150Potential symptoms include memory and concentration issues, with the ability to work being reduced, with a small risk of epilepsy.
ArmSevere£90,250 to £122,860Injuries that are extremely serious but fall short of amputation. An example of this could be a serious brachial plexus injury.
BackSevere (ii)£69,600 to £82,980Examples of injuries in this bracket include nerve root damage causing loss of sensation, impaired bladder and bowel function.
PTSDModerate£7,680 to £21,730Recovery will largely be made and any symptoms that are continuous will not be grossly disabling.
LegLess Serious£16,860 to £26,050Leg fractures where an incomplete recovery is made or serious soft tissue injuries.
NeckModerate (ii)£12,900 to £23,460Soft tissue or wrenching-type injuries and severe disc lesions that cause symptoms such as stiffness, discomfort and serious movement limitation.

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.

No Win No Fee Accident at work abroad claims

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.

Why Call Legal Expert?

There are several reasons you should work with Legal Expert if you want to claim for an accident that happened while working abroad. So, the reasons for using us to handle your accidents while working abroad claims include the following:

  • We have many years of experience in the industry.
  • Also, we will match you to a solicitor that has up to 30 years of specialist experience.
  • We have a great track record.
  • Additionally, we always aim to secure the highest payout amounts.
  • We have a customer-centric approach and have received excellent reviews about our service.

Begin an accident at work overseas claim with us

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, which is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. 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

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.

Other Personal Injury Claim Guides

Accidents While Working Abroad FAQs

What is an accident abroad?

This is any accident that happens in a country different to that where you regularly live. Making successful accident at work abroad claims revolves around showing that negligence was a contributory factor to the injuries you’ve suffered.

How long does an accident at work claim take to settle?

It could take a good 6-9 months or more to settle one of these claims.

Are employees liable for work accidents?

It depends on the circumstances, but the employer will hold liability if the accident is unavoidable for the victim.

Should I accept the very first offer of compensation?

No, and we say that because you’re highly likely to receive a larger subsequent offer.

How long after a settlement does the victim receive their compensation?

You should receive your compensation within 28 days.

Who investigates accidents in the workplace?

It would be appropriate health and safety representatives to take a closer look at the accident environments.

Can I sue my employer for an injury on the job?

Yes, you must have strong evidence to prove that the employer holds the most responsibility due to negligence.

How long after an accident can you claim on car insurance UK?

You can claim for up to three years in the aftermath of the accident.

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