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    Claiming compensation for a forklift truck accident


    Claiming compensation for a forklift truck accident

    Forklift truck accidents are more common than you might think, with around 8,000 accidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) every year. You don’t have to be driving a forklift truck to be involved in an accident either – many accidents involve bystanders. In order to drive a forklift truck, you will need to undergo extensive training to obtain a forklift certificate – no employer should ask an employee who is not qualified to operate a forklift. These vehicles are very heavy and weigh in excess of one tonne, and just running over somebody’s foot or hand could cripple them for life, so health and safety is of utmost importance for all forklift truck operators.

    If you have been injured in an accident at work, you may be considering claiming compensation for a forklift truck accident. Think about why the accident happened and who is to blame – a personal injury lawyer can help to determine who is responsible for your injuries. For example, if you have been struck by a forklift truck and left with serious injuries, is the operator responsible or were there faults with the truck itself which led to the accident?

    Injuries caused by forklift trucks

    If you’re considering claiming compensation for a forklift truck accident, your injuries may be minor or more severe, and could include:

    • Broken bones
    • Crush injuries
    • Cuts and bruises
    • Head injury

    Some of these injuries can be life-threatening, and if you have suffered a crushed limb, hand or foot, you may be left physically unable to walk or carry out your job in future. In cases like these, the amount of compensation you will receive will take this into account – it should cover future earnings that you would have gained from employment and the cost of any medical care you’ll need for the rest of your life.

    How we can help you

    It’s easy to make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline, and in most cases you won’t even need to attend court. Call our freephone helpline right now for confidential, no-obligation advice on your forklift accident and we’ll be able to tell you straight away if you have a viable claim. But that’s not all – we also offer a 100% no win, no fee* service to all our customers, so there’s no need to worry about how you will afford expensive legal fees upfront. So whether you have questions about the claims process or simply want to know if you are eligible to claim, call us today on 0800 689 0500.

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    Date Published: November 11, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.