Accidents at Work Abroad Claims FAQs

Who can make an accident at work abroad claim?

If you’ve been injured in an accident at work overseas, you could be eligible to make a claim if our solicitors can show that your injuries were caused by an employer’s failure in their duty of care to you as an employee, or by someone else’s negligence.

There are many circumstances in which you may be eligible to claim compensation for a workplace accident abroad and our solicitors can provide free legal advice as to your eligibility to bring a claim.

We deal with work accident abroad claims where people have suffered injuries in a range of circumstances, including while working on oil rigs, in offices, factories and warehouses, or simply travelling to business meetings overseas.

Whatever the circumstances of your claim, our experienced travel litigation team can offer free and impartial advice about your case and whether you’re entitled to compensation.

Will the country where my employer is based affect by claim?

While the country where your employer is based may affect how we approach and pursue your claim, it may not have any impact on your ability to bring a claim, or the compensation amount you’re entitled to.

For accidents that occur in England and Wales, you normally have three years from the date of the accident to bring a compensation claim against your employer. However, this will not be the case if your accident took place outside of England and Wales where English law does not apply. Some countries have much shorter time periods, some as short as 6-12 months from the date of the accident.

Our solicitors can advise on the process of making an accident at work claim for countries inside and outside of the EU. We work with a network of lawyers and foreign experts in countries throughout the world, so you can expect professional legal representation regardless of the circumstances of your accident or where it happened.

How much compensation can I expect to receive?

If we accept your case, our travel litigation specialists will work closely with you to establish the circumstances of your workplace accident and the resulting injuries you’ve suffered. This will help us to calculate an appropriate amount of compensation that reflects your injuries and losses.

In calculating a fair compensation sum, we’ll assess the following:

  • The severity of your physical injuries — corroborated by an independent medical expert.
  • The psychological trauma you’ve suffered after the accident.
  • Your loss of earnings through taking time off work following the accident.
  • Your ongoing care and medical support requirements.
  • Mobility aids and home improvements you now require as a result of your injuries.
  • Other financial losses you’ve incurred in the wake of the accident, including overseas medical expenses and travel costs.

We will help to secure the maximum amount of compensation for the injuries and losses you’ve suffered and, where necessary, work with experienced foreign law experts to bring a strong case against those responsible for your accident.

What’s the process of making an accident at work abroad claim?

When you make a claim for a work accident abroad with us, our travel litigation team will provide a free, no obligation consultation about your circumstances. This will help us to determine whether your accident means that you’re eligible to receive compensation.

If we accept your case, we will begin a full investigation into your accident to find out what happened and who was responsible. This may involve working with a network of foreign law experts and lawyers, and speaking to witnesses who may be able to corroborate the events and confirm the circumstances of the accident.

As part of our investigation, we’ll ask an independent medical expert to assess your injuries, helping us to determine the value of your claim. We’ll also advise on care and support packages to enable your ongoing rehabilitation, arranging interim payments where necessary so that you obtain the medical treatment you need even before your claim has settled.

Once we’ve built your case, we’ll submit it to the responsible party. They can choose to accept your claim, negotiate on the settlement terms, or contest the circumstances. If your case settles, you’ll be awarded compensation. If it doesn’t, we’ll negotiate on your behalf to try to reach an agreement. In the unlikely event that your case goes to trial, our experienced solicitors will be on hand to provide support and guidance throughout the subsequent legal proceedings.

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Our experts

Paul McClorry

Head of Travel Litigation

Jane Woodcock

Senior Legal Executive and Head of Personal Injury