Forklift Truck Accidents
If you have been injured in a forklift truck accident in the workplace you could be entitled to compensation.
True Solicitors have over 20 years helping clients injured, through no fault of their own, gain access to compensation to help them to recover and get on with their lives.
Speak to a member of a friendly team today, we will assess your claim free of charge and if we believe that you have a strong case we will assist you on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Or call us on 0344 854 7000.
Can I claim for a forklift truck accident?
Forklift trucks are used across many different industries and can be commonly found in factories, warehouses and construction sites, to assist in the movement of heavy goods. Common examples of accidents involving forklift trucks include:
- Collisions with pedestrians on the factory floor or building site.
- Collisions caused due to potholes.
- Collisions with stacked items.
- Driving over someone’s foot.
- Being hit or crushed by heavy objects that haven’t been stacked properly on the forklift truck.
- Unsafe driving which leads to the forklift toppling over.
- Malfunctions caused through lack of maintenance.
Due to size and weight of a forklift truck, injuries sustained through a minor bump can be very serious. Fractures, head injuries and crushed feet are commonly caused through forklift truck accidents.
If you have been injured in any of the above scenarios – as a driver or pedestrian – you may be entitled to make a claim.
What are my employers responsibilities?
Employers have a duty of care to protect the health and safety of their staff in the workplace. They must ensure that forklift drivers are fully trained before being allowed to drive on the warehouse floor or building site. They are required to:
- Provide appropriate driver training
- Safety awareness training
- Provide PPE – i.e. hard hats and other forms of protective clothing.
- Carry out regular maintenance on forklifts.
If any of the above has not been met and an accident occurs as a result, it may be possible to find your employer to be negligent. Meaning that the injured party can sue their employee for compensation to cover their injuries and loss of earnings.
Read our guide on Employer Responsibilities Following an Accident at Work for more information.
How much compensation can I expect?
Each individual claim is different, so it is not possible to say exactly how much compensation you will receive. Claims are calculated based on a number of different factors including:
• The seriousness of the injuries sustained.
• The individual’s loss of earnings.
• The rehabilitation treatment required.
• If care and assistance will be needed on an on-going basis.
• If home and vehicle adaptations need to be made.
• The individual’s ability to work in the same capacity in the future.
Use our compensation calculator to get an idea of what your physical injuries could be worth.
Is there a time limit to making a claim?
You need to make your claim within three years from the date of the accident. The sooner you seek legal advice following the accident the better, as information will be fresh to mind.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
TRUE Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation amount that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries due to a forklift truck accident, contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice. Alternatively you can submit a free, no obligation enquiry via the form on our website or you can email us at email@example.com. We will contact you without delay to discuss your claim.