Slater and Gordon Lawyers are experts in helping British citizens injured in an accident working abroad. If you were injured in a work accident outside of the UK, please call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online. Our contact centre is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
An increasing number of people now spend time working abroad at some point in their lives. This may be as part of a gap year during studies, a voluntary project overseas or a business trip. As a result, we’re unfortunately seeing a rise in accidents at work that occur abroad.
If this happens to you or a family member, a work abroad accident claim specialist from Slater and Gordon Lawyers could help you to claim compensation.
How the claims process works
If you suffered a personal injury in a work accident abroad (outside the UK), it’s vital to contact our specialist solicitors immediately so we can expedite an overseas work accident investigation. The investigation has to be completed before we can arrange any required medical treatments, rehabilitation support or interim payments, if these are appropriate in your case.
Your compensation claim will be evaluated after all the medical reports, rehabilitation costs, loss of earnings, out of pocket expenses and travel expenses have been calculated. All the case details will be reviewed by your Slater and Gordon lawyer. At this point, we can tell you how successful your overseas work accident claim is likely to be, and if your claim can be dealt with on a No Win, No Fee basis (see details below).
We specialise in securing compensation and rehabilitation support for British people injured in work accidents abroad. What’s more, we have trusted partners globally should we need assistance in other jurisdictions to bring compensation claims against any employer.
For an initial consultation to discuss your case, please call freephone 0800 916 9046 or claim online and we’ll call you.
No Win, No Fee injured working abroad claims
Depending on which country you were working in when you were injured and the circumstances of the accident, Slater and Gordon Lawyers may be able to deal with your compensation claim on a No Win, No Fee basis. When we’ve reviewed the details of your case we can advise you if your claim can be funded by a No Win, No Fee agreement.
This means no financial risk for pursuing your claim. You won’t pay anything if your claim isn’t successful, and if it is, the other party will pay your solicitors’ costs and your compensation. You may have to make a payment known as a ‘success fee’ if you’re successful, and this is usually calculated as a proportion of the compensation you receive. Your solicitor will explain all of this to you clearly before you sign the agreement.
Injured working abroad claims explained
Overseas work accident claims fall into one of two categories:
- Injured working abroad for an employer based in England, Wales or Scotland
- Injured working abroad for an employer based in Northern Ireland or outside of the UK
If you were injured working overseas for an employer that has a registered office or place of business in England, Wales or Scotland, then depending on the circumstances, you may be able to claim compensation from your employer.
This is because all employers owe a duty of care to their employees, and in cases where it can be proven that an employer (based in England, Wales or Scotland) failed in their duty of care to an employee, then the claim for compensation can be brought before the Courts of England and Wales or before the Court in Scotland. This means your compensation claim would be dealt with by a Slater and Gordon lawyer in England, Wales or in Scotland.
Differences in personal injury law between countries and regions
If you were injured working abroad for an employer not based in England, Wales or Scotland, then the overseas employer is likely to owe a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect employees from work accidents.
However, the laws vary depending on which country you were injured working abroad in. For example, if you were injured in an accident working in the USA, both federal law and state law may apply.
If you were injured working abroad for an EU employer, again Slater and Gordon Lawyers should be your first port of call. This is because we have solicitors who’re members of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) who assist with EU work accident compensation claims.
In certain circumstances it may still be possible to bring any court proceedings arising out of the accident in the Courts of England, Wales and Scotland.
The amount of compensation paid in overseas work accident claims varies considerably depending on the law that applies.
We’ll be happy to provide expert legal advice when we know which country you were injured in and we’ve reviewed the specific details of your case. Please call our specialist work abroad accident claim team on freephone 0800 916 9046 or use our online contact form to make an enquiry.
Time limits for work abroad accident claims
Time limits also apply for making compensation claims. In some countries, work accident claims must be brought within a very short time of the accident date. It’s therefore very important that you consult a specialist lawyer urgently to find out which time limits apply and to take action before the deadline.
Get in touch with our work abroad accident claim team
Regardless of which country you were injured in when working abroad and regardless of the details of the accident, Slater and Gordon Lawyers can help you.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK's largest and best known personal injury law firms with offices nationwide. We have an outstanding reputation for excellence in the field of personal injury law.
Many of the solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and the PEOPIL.