According to the British Safety Council, approximately 1,300 employees are injured in a forklift accident at work every year.*
Our leading accident claims solicitors are here to help you claim the compensation you deserve. If you have had an accident with a forklift due to someone else’s negligence, contact us today for free legal advice from our expert solicitors.
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Most of our forklift accident cases are conducted on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning we only take a fee if we win compensation on your behalf, therefore there is no financial risk to you.
Forklift accidents explained
Forklifts are one of the main ways to transport goods around factories, construction sites or warehouses and the site operator has a duty of care to ensure that all forklift drivers are fully trained and that all safety procedures are being followed.
However, whether you are the driver of a forklift, or just happened to pass by or work near an operating forklift, if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you can claim compensation.
Most common causes and types of forklift accidents
We understand that in factories, warehouses or on construction sites you are often pressed for time. Unfortunately, this can lead to unsafe operation of forklifts, for example when safety corners are being cut or when the load is not safely secured on the forklift. These are some of the most common types of forklift accidents:
- Forklift collisions with pedestrians
- Loads falling from forklifts
- Unsafe driving leading to topples
- Personnel being crushed
- Collisions with other objects or vehicles
Most commonly, our clients claim compensation for the following injuries:
What can I claim for?
If you have been involved in a forklift accident which was due to someone else’s negligence, you can claim compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- House modifications
- Rehabilitation and treatment
Who is to blame for my forklift accident?
Your site operator has a duty of care towards forklift drivers, other workers and site visitors alike. They have to ensure the following:
- Driver training
- Safety equipment for all people on site
- Experience and training in the duties required
- Forklift maintenance
The site operator also has to make sure that all people on site are aware of their respective working and safety procedures. If your accident happened because of your employer’s negligence towards their duty of care, you can claim compensation from your employer’s liability insurance. Read more on your employers health and safety obligations here.
How much can I claim for a forklift accident?
It completely depends on your injury and the impact it has on your life. If the injury was caused due to someone else’s negligence, your claim for pain and suffering could be worth several thousands of pounds. For more information call us on freephone 0800 083 5045 or try our online claims calculator.