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Accident 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, for example, for a business trip, a voluntary project overseas, or for 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, there are some people that suffer an accident while working abroad. If you have been injured while in another country, we can help you to get the amount of compensation you deserve. A lot of 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 would like 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 an accidents while working abroad claim.

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

Your guide to Accidents while working abroad claims

No matter 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, there are so many different incidents that require people to travel to different countries. Irrespective of whether your trip lasts two days or two months, if you were to have suffered a personal injury work accident abroad, there is a very high chance that you will be entitled to compensation. In the guide below, we will reveal everything you could possible need in terms of information 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. So, with that in mind, let’s get started…

What constitutes an Accident at work overseas

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

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

If you fall into the former category, for example, 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 making a claim against your employer.

The reason for this is because all employers in the UK owe a duty of care to the people that 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.

The rise of working abroad

There is no denying that working abroad has become more popular. This is because there are becoming an increasing number of global business opportunities thanks to technological developments and global expansion. You only need to look at the statistics to see that this is the case. As of 2017, according to the United Nations (UN), there are more than 1.3 million people living in EU countries that were originally born in the United Kingdom. You can refer to the table below to find out where in the EU these UK citizens are living:

Not only do people work abroad on a permanent basis to start new jobs and progress their careers, but there are many different reasons why people travel abroad on a regular basis. Some people move overseas as students for a gap year. There are then those that travel to another country so that they can attend industry conferences or meet people working for different departments within the same business. From meeting potential clients to managing short-term projects, the reasons are varied.

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 so many areas, from teaching to social care.

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 are going to 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 make sure 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 are going to be doing overseas. Otherwise, you could make a 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 will be able to make a claim against the restaurant or eatery. As you can see, there are many different ways that an accident at work in another countrycan happen. If you are unsure regarding whom you should be making your claim against, please do not hesitate to give our team a call for more information.

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

If you suffer an accident on a work trip, there are a number of 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, and it 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 are going to be assessed when it comes to a personal injury work accident overseas. Your personal injury solicitorcan provide you with a medical appointment with an independent medical professional. This individual will assess our injuries and he or she 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 both mentally and physically. This will then be used to determine how much compensation you will receive.

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, then 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 just call us and we will explain further. We have experience with a vast assortment of personal injury claims, and so we may be able to secure compensation for you no matter how obscure the situation appears.

Claiming against your employer

A lot of people are worried about making a claim 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.

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 an 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 will be to blame.

Car accidents at work overseas

If you have been involved in a car accident, you can also make a 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 make a claim for an accident that has happened overseas, you will be able to secure a number of different damages. This includes the following:

  • General Damages
  • Medical Expenses
  • Travel Costs
  • Care Claim
  • Loss of earnings etc

General damages relates 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 a track of these and that you have proof of these costs.

It is also worth noting that there is a personal injury claims time limit, which is three years. Court proceedings do need to be issued within this frame, so please do not wait around.

How much accident while working abroad compensation will I receive?

You probably want to know how much compensation you will receive if you make a claim for an accident that has happened while working overseas. It is difficult to provide you with an accurate figure because all cases are different, and they are handled as such. Therefore, your claim will be handled on an individual basis, 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 that are often sustained in these claims.

Type of injury you have sufferedThe typical payout amount:Some extra information:
Severe Neck Injuries£91,910 to £120,530Long-term injuries that will have a permanent affect on a person life, either through reduced movement or constant pain.
Moderate Neck Injuries£211,150 to £247,280Painful injuries, which will take some time to heal, the duration will generally drive the amount.
Minor Neck InjuriesUp to £2,150 Cuts, abrasions and minor sprains, which will heal quickly.
Amputation of Both Legs£211,150 to £247,280Full amputation of both legs.
Above Knee Amputation£91,910 to £120,530Loss of one leg above the knee.
Below Knee Amputation£85,910 to £116,620Loss of one leg below the knee.
Severe Leg Injuries£84,400 to £119,210Injuries that will permanently affect a persons mobility, and cause ongoing pain and suffering.
Very Serious Leg Injuries£48,080 to £74,150Injuries that once healed, will still have an affect on a persons mobility.
Serious Leg Injuries£34,370 to £48,080Such as serious or multiple fractures that will leave the leg immobile for the long-term.
Moderate Leg Injuries£24,340 to £34,370Such as serious tendon damage, compound fractures and dislocation.
Less Serious Leg Injuries£15,750 to £24,340Such as fractures which will leave the leg immobile while they heal.
Minor Leg InjuriesUp to £10,380Soft tissue damage, sprains and very minor fractures.
Loss of Both Hands£123,310 to £176,660Either through amputation, or permanent loss of function.
Serious Damage to Both Hands£49,010 to £74,150Such as permanent reduced functionality.
Loss of One Hand£84,310 to £96,150Either through amputation, or permanent loss of function.
Serious Hand Injuries£25,430 to £54,280Such as injuries which leave the hand with less than 50% functionality.
Less Serious Hand Injuries£12,670 to £25,430Such as a crushed hand, with loss of function until healed.
Moderate Hand Injuries£5,110 to £11,640Such as deep lacerations, which may require surgery to repair.
Minor Hand Injuries£800 to £3,810Such as soft tissue damage, cuts and abrasions.

If you cannot find the injury you have suffered in the table below, please do not panic – you can still make a claim. For more information about the payout amount, simply give our team a call and we can advise.

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 a success, 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.

Why Call Legal Expert?

There are a number of reasons why you should work with Legal Expert if you want to make a claim for an accident that happened while you were working abroad. This includes the following:

  • We have many years of experience in the industry.
  • We will match you to a solicitor that has up to 30 years of specialist experience.
  • We have a great track record.
  • 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., and you will speak to one of our friendly and professional advisors who will assist you in any manner they can. There are also plenty of other ways to get in touch, which you will find on our contact page.

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 some more accident abroad claims advice and guidance, you may find the links before useful.

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, as well as 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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