Forklift truck accidents

If you’ve been injured at work in a forklift accident, you may have a claim against your employer, if they haven’t taken the necessary safety precautions.

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According to the British Safety Council, 25% of workplace transport injuries are due to forklift accidents, making them the most dangerous form of transport used at work.

Types of forklift truck accidents

The figures show that around five workers each day are involved in accidents, resulting in serious injuries such as:

  • Complex fractures
  • Injuries requiring amputation
  • Dislocated bones
  • Degloving (or avulsion, where top layers of skin and tissue are ripped off)

Many accidents occur due to operator error, which can be a lack of adequate training in the workplace. There is no licence required to drive a forklift.

Why make a claim?

It’s your employer’s responsibility to ensure your safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act, and guidance such as the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

If they have not provided a safe environment, or there has been a lack of training in the use of equipment such as a forklift truck, then you may have a claim against them.

A serious injury affects you, your family and loved ones. It’s a worrying time to be off work and it’s important that you concentrate on recovery. Claiming compensation could provide the financial assistance and support you need to see you through.

Your employer should have insurance that will cover them for this kind of event.

How can First4Lawyers help?

We’re here to take the pressure off you, when it comes to putting a case together, submitting evidence and documentation and then negotiating a settlement. This means you can concentrate on recovering while we do the work and liaise with all parties on your behalf.

Our No Win No Fee* service means that, should your claim be unsuccessful, you pay no legal fees.

How much compensation will I receive for a forklift accident claim?

One of our clients received £5,000 compensation after being hit by a forklift and suffering leg injuries.

But awards very much depends on your injury, the situation and the severity. Check our compensation calculator for examples of payouts for various types of injury, determined by the Judicial College Guidelines.

More about making a claim

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

Generally speaking, a personal injury claim should be made within three years of the date of the accident. The rules for industrial diseases are slightly different but get in touch and we’ll be able to advise you on your particular circumstances.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

It’s simple – just get in touch or request a callback and we can take it from there.

We will ask you a few questions about the accident, your injury and the circumstances in which it happened. Then we can tell you whether or not you have a claim.

You can then decide what you want to do. No pressure, no obligation.

Meet the expert

Meet Jax
Jacqueline Speight

Jacqueline Speight

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

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