Do you use some kind of vehicle at work? It could be a car or a motorbike, or it might be something more specialist in nature. Many people drive forklift trucks, lorries, diggers and other vehicles that are specifically designed to do certain jobs. People who are injured by a faulty work vehicle often find themselves coping with considerable pain afterwards, at least for a short time. In some cases, they may be left with permanent discomfort and an injury that never fully heals.
It is reasonable to say you would not expect to be hurt in any way when you go to work to do your job. You should have been properly and adequately trained to do whatever job you usually do. It is your employer’s responsibility to make sure this is the case, not to mention making sure any vehicles used are fit for purpose.
How might you be injured?
You don’t have to be driving a vehicle for there to be a chance of being injured. For example, if the brakes on a lorry are faulty, you could be struck by it even when you are walking along a pedestrian pathway. Similarly, if you are paying close attention when walking through a warehouse and you are hit by a forklift truck that has not stopped in time because its brakes are faulty or the tyres have no grip left, you could be seriously injured as a result.
As you can see, there are many times when people could potentially be injured by a vehicle even though they are not in control of it. Every work vehicle should be maintained and checked regularly to make sure it is fit for use. If it is found to be defective in some way, it should be taken out of use until it is fixed.
Could you make any sort of claim for compensation?
Injuries caused by using a faulty vehicle, or being near one that cannot stop or does not operate in the way it should, could be severe. Some people never fully recover, while others find they cannot return to the work they did before.
Whatever the case may be, if you were injured by a faulty work vehicle, do give us a call on 0800 689 0500. Accident Advice Helpline has a dedicated team of advisors working hard to ensure everyone has access to expert advice whenever they need it most. If you have a chance to make a claim on a no win, no fee basis, you could end up getting compensation if someone else was negligent.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead