Cherry Picker Injury Compensation Claims

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a cherry picker accident, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by your employer or a co-worker, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor

You can make a work accident compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses. By law, your employer will have insurance to cover the cost of injury claims, and your compensation will be paid out of this policy.

We can help you make a work accident claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

In this article

Introduction

An estimated 3% of all fatal construction accidents involve cherry pickers. Health and Safety Executive data shows that in 2019/20 several thousand workers were seriously injured in a fall from height.

Work accident claims represent the majority of claims for injuries involving cherry picker injury claims, but claims involving injury to members of the public are also made.

Cherry pickers are also referred to as boom lifts, man lifts or basket cranes, and are widely used in the construction industry, as well as various other industries where people are required to work at height, like window cleaning and fruit picking.

Scissor lifts and similar machinery are also used in similar circumstances, and is as likely to cause injury. Collectively, these machines are referred to as 'Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)'.

Cherry picker injury

Cherry picker injuries at work

Cherry pickers are typically operated in the workplace. Employers are primarily responsible for the cherry picker and ensuring that operators are appropriately trained.

Employers would be held liable for injuries resulting from the operation of the cherry picker. The legal principle under which employers are held responsible for the acts of their staff is called 'vicarious liability'.

Causes of cherry picker accidents

There are a number of ways accidents commonly occur when working with cherry pickers.

Inappropriate use

Accidents can occur when the cherry picker is used by an untrained person, or when it is used for a task which causes a breach of the applicable workplace safety regulations. The risk of an accident is greater when the cherry picker is used for a task it is not intended for.

Examples included use of a cherry picker for an extended time period when scaffolding would be more appropriate, to reach across a gap, or in a dangerous environment involving live wires or other hazards.

If you have been injured in a cherry picker accident as a result of poor or unsafe use, you should have a case to make an injury claim.

Faulty or badly maintained cherry pickers

It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that any equipment used is maintained to a high standard. If a badly maintained cherry picker results in an accident, the employer may be at fault and liable to pay compensation for injuries that result from the fault or poor maintenance.

Negligence of cherry picker operator

Those operating cherry pickers have a level of responsibility to ensure that they are used safely and do not put others at risk. There have been cases of workers being crushed against equipment, buildings and other structures due to the negligence of a trained cherry picker operator. In these cases, the Courts will examine all of the evidence to establish who was responsible and therefore potentially liable to pay compensation.

Insufficient training of cherry picker operators or users

Working at height has a level of risk associated, and necessary safety precautions should be in place to prevent accidents. The cherry picker should always be secured on level ground, and only used by fully trained operatives.

Anyone using a cherry picker should be sufficiently trained in operating the machine safely. If you were not sufficiently trained before being allowed to operate a cherry picker, and this resulted in an injury, you may have a claim against your employer for failing to ensure that you had sufficient training.

If someone else was operating the cherry picker and was not fully trained, and you were injured as a result, you should also have a claim against the operator or the employer. The Courts will look at all of the evidence in order to decide who was responsible for the accident.

Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 came into force on 6 April 2022.

This legislation means that employers have an obligation to provide free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all workers, including workers who are self-employed or on a zero-hours contract.

Under the previous 1992 regulations, employers were only required to provide PPE to employees with a formal employment contract.

If you are injured by a cherry picker at work and your employer failed to provide you with suitable PPE, you may be entitled to claim compensation even if you are self-employed.

Do I have an injury claim?

It should be possible to make an injury claim if you were injured:

  • in the last 3 years and;
  • someone else was to blame.

Even if these two points don't apply to you, you may still be able to make a claim.

To find out for sure, speak to a legally trained adviser on 0800 376 1001.

A brief phone consultation will tell you exactly where you stand. There is no obligation to start a claim.

Can I still make a cherry picker injury claim after three years?

In general, a cherry picker injury claim can only be made outside of the three-year limit if you were diagnosed within the last three years with a health condition that was caused by historic exposure, or you were fundamentally unable to make a claim within the three-year window, due to incapacity.

How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.

The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.

For example:

General damages for a life-altering crush injury can be £80,000

For a less serious arm injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £4,000.

However, if you have a life-altering crush injury and a less serious arm injury, you would typically receive £80,000 + a reduced percentage of £4,000.

Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.

What is the average injury compensation for an injury claim?

The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.

However, the money you would receive following an injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

Will I have to pay tax on my cherry picker injury compensation?

If you receive financial compensation following a cherry picker injury injury, specific legislation ensures that you do not have to pay tax on it. This is the case no matter whether the compensation is received as a lump sum or as staggered payments.

Calculate my injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:

How much can I claim?

How long does a cherry picker injury claim take?

The length of time needed to settle a cherry picker accident claim can vary significantly.

For example, if your employer or their insurance company accepts liability, a claim could be settled in a few weeks. If liability is denied, it could take significantly longer. Usually, a work accident claim should take 6 to 9 months. For more information on how long your claim could take, see: How long will my claim take?

How else can a solicitor help me?

Your solicitor will handle your injury claim from the initial FREE case evaluation, through to the financial settlement.

Your solicitor will work with other specialists to provide caring and sensitive support and help you with:

  • Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
  • Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
  • Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
  • Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.

Less than 5% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.

Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.

Read more:

Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

No win, no fee, no risk

With a no win, no fee agreement (known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA') you can make an injury claim without the worry of upfront legal fees. If your injury claim is unsuccessful you won't have to pay any money to your solicitor.

Our no win, no fee guarantee

Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is absolutely no financial risk in making an injury claim - even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, once your claim is settled. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?

If your injury claim is not successful then you do not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Can I get Legal Aid?

Legal aid is no longer available when making a personal injury claim, but a Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win, No Fee) can reduce the financial risks of making a claim.

How we can help you

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning work accident claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:

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  • 9am to 6pm on Saturday
  • 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday

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Injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more:

Claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more:

Claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make an injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for an injury after 3 years?

Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.

However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.

There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

Calculate your claim limitation date

Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more:

Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

I need the money now - what are my options?

If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.

Read more:

How to I get an interim compensation payment?

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher