Forklift Trucks are industrial vehicles that are used to move heavy loads that are too difficult or awkward for human beings to carry. Forklift Truck accidents can involve the driver of the vehicle, colleagues and even the general public.
According to the UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA), there are over 1,300 forklift truck accidents a year, resulting in an average of five accidents every workday in the UK.
Have you been involved in a forklift truck accident at work? Have you been injured?
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What Should I Do If I Am Injured In A Forklift Truck Accident
The most important thing for those who have been injured in a forklift truck accident is to seek legal advice as soon as possible. A qualified solicitor can help to ensure that any claims are made in a timely fashion and that the right amount of compensation is sought. In order to make a successful claim, the individual must be able to demonstrate that the forklift truck accident was caused by the negligence of the employer or other responsible party. This could be due to operator error, inadequate health and safety regulations, inadequate training, or equipment that is not up to standard.
You should also ensure that:
- The accident is recorded in the Accident Book or similar document
- Any CCTV footage is retained
- You seek First Aid as soon as possible
- Details of witnesses are obtained
- You cooperate with any accident investigation
- Photos of the accident locus are taken
What Are The Time Limits For A Forklift Truck Accident Injury Claim?
It is also essential to be aware of the time limits that apply in the United Kingdom when making a personal injury claim. The time limit for starting court proceedings is three years from the date of the accident, or from the date the injury was diagnosed if that was later. A claimant who is under 18 at the time of the accident has until their 21st birthday to start court proceedings. In all claims, get advice as quickly as possible as evidence should be obtained as quickly as possible.
What Causes Forklift Truck Accidents?
Common causes of forklift truck accidents include:
- Unsafe working conditions
- Inadequate or lack of training
- Irregular or lack of inspection of vehicles
- Poor maintenance of vehicles
- Failure to secure loads
- Lack of protective equipment
- No warning signage
- Careless employees
- Poor, or no, risk assessment
What Injuries Are Suffered in Forklift Truck Accident Claims?
Common injuries sustained in a forklift truck accident include:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal injuries
- Crush injuries
- Ankle injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Anxiety and depression
Unfortunately, in the rare case, people can die in a forklift truck accident. If your loved one has died from a forklift truck accident at work, you may also be eligible for a claim, to speak to our specialist accident at work solicitors call us on 01642 843 667 or use our contact form, and we will call you back.
Responsibilities of The Employer
It is the responsibility of your employer to do all they reasonably could have done to avoid you suffering a forklift truck accident at work, which includes:
- Regular inspections and maintenance of vehicles
- Providing a safe, clean and tidy workplace
- Providing training
- Providing suitable personal protective equipment
- Providing appropriate and clear warning signage
- Employing competent drivers
What Can I Claim For?
If you have suffered a forklift truck accident at work that was not your fault, you may be able to claim for:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses, for instance, prescription costs
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for care provided even if it was unpaid
- Travel expenses
- Additional fuel costs
- Being disadvantaged in the labour market
Will My Forklift Truck Accident Claim Be Successful?
For those who have been injured in a forklift truck accident, it is important to remember that they are not alone. There are a number of organisations that provide support and advice to those affected by workplace accidents including the Health and Safety Executive.
You should also seek advice from a qualified expert forklift truck claim solicitor. They will be able to advise on the best course of action and can help to ensure that any claims are made in a timely fashion and that the right amount of compensation is sought. If you have been injured in a forklift truck accident, you should not hesitate to seek legal advice. With the right help, you can ensure that you receive the full compensation you are entitled to.
At Macks Solicitors, we have an excellent record in bringing and winning forklift truck accident claims. All our claims are taken on a NO WIN NO FEE basis so you can bring your claim with confidence because you will not be out of pocket in the unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful.
Contact Us Today
For more information about making an accident at work claim, you can call us on 01642 843 667; alternatively, complete our online contact form and one of our accident at work solicitors will be in touch.
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