While the use of forklifts in the workplace has been commonplace for many years, the introduction of huge amounts of warehouse storage has led to an increase in the use of such vehicles. Unfortunately, this has resulted in numerous forklift truck accidents and varying degrees of injury.
If you have been the victim of a forklift accident at work, then you may well have a claim for compensation.
Forklift accidents in the workplace can often result in life-changing injuries and even fatalities. As a consequence, we have seen a tightening of regulations in recent years and a greater onus placed on employers to improve safety.
If you believe that your employer was negligent and as a consequence, you were injured, you should take professional advice.
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You may be surprised to learn that there are around 8000 forklift accidents in the workplace each year. Thankfully, the vast majority result in relatively mild injuries, although there have been a number of fatalities.
A mixture of health and safety regulations and the financial consequences of negligence has certainly focused the minds of employers with forklift accidents thankfully declining in recent years.
While many people have the idea that forklift vehicles are relatively small and compact, they can be relatively large and very heavy. Therefore, the range of potential injuries is extensive and includes:-
It is important to recognise that even relatively small forklift vehicles can be very heavy and capable of causing serious injuries - not only to drivers but also others in the vicinity.
Forklift accidents can occur from a number of reasons often dependent upon the type of business and the working environment.
However, some of the more common reasons for forklift accidents include:-
When looking at the above list, there is one thing that stands out, the vast majority of these issues can easily be addressed. Therefore, failure to do so could be deemed negligent and leave employers open to potential claims for compensation.
Now we have an idea of the common reasons for accidents in the workplace; we will now take a look at the more common types of forklift accidents which include:-
Again, as with the common reasons for forklift accidents, it is not difficult to see how the above types of accident can be avoided.
Yes. When it comes to the use of forklift vehicles, there are a number of issues to take into consideration such as:-
Failure to fulfil their duty of care to all employees can leave employers open to claims of negligence and potential financial consequences.
If you have received an injury as a consequence of a forklift accident at work, you should gather as much evidence as possible to support your potential claim for compensation.
This evidence might include:-
In a perfect world, you would begin to collate the evidence immediately after the accident, but this is not always possible.
There is a three-year time limit on pursuing compensation with the clock beginning to tick after you are officially diagnosed with an injury. It is important to note that the date of diagnosis will not necessarily be the date of the accident as some injuries may not be immediately obvious.
So, even if you are beyond the initial three-year window of opportunity, it is still worth taking professional advice from a claims management company.
When you approach a claims management company, they will review your evidence and details of your claim. Where they believe you have a minimum 60% chance of success, they will likely offer to take on your case often under a “no win no fee” arrangement.
This effectively removes the liability you have for any costs associated with pursuing your claim (which the claims management company will be able to reclaim from the defendant if successful). However, they will also look to negotiate a “success fee” which is a share of any compensation you receive.
There are two specific types of compensation which are known as general damages and special damages. General damages are financial compensation for your pain and suffering. Special damages relate to costs already incurred, expected costs going forward, and other issues such as loss of earnings.
There is specific guidance for general damages, which are limited, but there is no such limit for special damages which can often be significantly more.
Aside from a general duty of care that all employers have towards their employees, there are numerous specific protections when it comes to the use of vehicles in the workplace. These include the upkeep of vehicles to training, the introduction of safety signage to traffic flow systems which ensure the safety of employees and customers and much more.
Failure to fulfil this duty of care can leave employers open to claims of negligence and potential compensation claims.
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