Forklift truck injury compensation claims

The following guide sets out everything you should know about making a successful forklift accident compensation claim.

How much can I claim?

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures indicate that lift trucks, including forklift trucks, are a frequent source of workplace accidents. Over 5,000 reported accidents a year involve workplace transport.

Lift trucks are involved in around 25% of all workplace transport accidents.

The HSE has found that lift truck accidents are often the result of inadequate supervision in the workplace, and inadequate training in handling lift truck vehicles.

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Do I have a claim for a forklift truck injury?

If you were injured in a forklift truck accident in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Who can make a forklift accident claim?

In approximately 60% of cases, forklift truck accidents cause injury to site visitors and employees other than the forklift truck driver.

Forklift truck accident injury can be sustained by adjacent co-workers in a warehouse. Injury to the general public can also be caused. Usually, accidents involving the public occur during forklift truck loading, or unloading, in a public space or public highway. Claims for building site accidents are also not uncommon.

If personal injury is sustained in a forklift truck accident, all inured parties involved are entitled to make a compensation claim.

Typical forklift truck injuries

Forklift truck accidents can cause severe injuries including:

  • Crushing between the vehicle and an adjacent object
  • Collision injuries resulting from impact with the vehicle
  • Impact injuries resulting from objects falling from, or pushed over by, the vehicle

If you have sustained injuries, your solicitor will assist you in gathering accident site evidence to support your claim.

Making a claim as an injured employee

Legislation covering the safety of employees using lift trucks, including forklift trucks, includes:

Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 - employers have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their workers in the workplace. The Regulations also require that vehicles are able to move around safely in the workplace.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 - employers must provide adequate training in the safe handling and driving of forklift truck vehicles. Supervision must be provided to ensure continuous safe handling and operation of forklift truck vehicles in the workplace. Forklift truck vehicles must be appropriately maintained, and in good working order.

The HSE has also published minimum safety standard recommendations for the operation and handling of lift truck vehicles in the workplace: Rider-operated lift trucks: Operator training and safe use: Approved Code of practice and guidance.

Employers can be held liable to pay compensation for workplace injuries to their employees. Claimants can sue their employers (as the defendant) for workplace injuries, even if the actions of a co-worker caused the accident.

If you have been injured in a workplace forklift truck accident, you are entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.

Making a claim as a member of the public

If you sustain forklift accident injuries as a member of the public, you are entitled to make a personal injury claim. Even if you are unsure who was responsible for your accident, you may still be able to claim. Your solicitor will assist you in gathering evidence to support your claim, such as CCTV footage.

Calculate my forklift truck injury compensation

How much can I claim?

The calculation for your compensation will depend on the specific injuries you have sustained, and on the consequences of those injuries to your quality of life. The nature and context of forklift accidents means injuries can be severe. You can claim compensation both for the pain and suffering you have experienced, and for loss of wages and other costs during your recovery.

Read more about how personal injury compensation is calculated.

Guaranteed No Win, No Fee forklift injury compensation claim - No Catch

Typically a no win no fee agreement (more correctly called a Conditional Fee Agreement) is agreed between the claimant and solicitor.

The no win no fee agreement is basically the terms under which the solicitor acts for the claimant.

The CFA documents what the solicitors will do and how he is paid if your case is won.

If you instruct a Quittance solicitor for your forklift injury claim there will be no extra costs in the terms and conditions , no up-front fees and the complete peace of mind that you will never be financially out of pocket.

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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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