Forklift Crash At Work – Can I Claim Compensation?

By Cat Reeves. Last Updated 11th May 2023. Our guide explains what a forklift crash is and outlines the duties your employer owes you as a part of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. We also explore your rights after an accident at work and in what circumstances a forklift crash can occur. 

Additionally, we examine statistics about work-related accidents and when you may be eligible to claim compensation for a forklift crash in which you have been injured. Moreover, we cover the time limit often applied to accidents of this nature and what resources may be used when valuing your injuries. 

We explore the different injuries you could sustain from this work accident and how special damages could also be another form of financial compensation you could claim. We detail the benefits of a No Win No Fee claim and the typical structure of these agreements. 

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Forklift Crash At Work Claims Guide 

Forklift Crash At Work Claims Guide

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  1. What Is A Forklift Crash?
  2. Forklift Health And Safety Rules
  3. Causes Of Forklift Crashes And Accidents
  4. Am I Eligible To Claim For A Forklift Crash?
  5. Estimated Payouts For Forklift Crashes At Work
  6. No Win No Fee Forklift Crash Claims

What Is A Forklift Crash? 

A forklift is primarily used for lifting and moving heavy objects on a construction site or in a warehouse. A forklift crash is an unexpected incident that means the vehicle has collided with another vehicle, static object or pedestrian.

If you sustain injuries from this, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your work-related injury. Your employer has a responsibility to ensure your welfare whilst working. If inadequate training is given, for example, this could lead to a forklift crash if you are not equipped to operate the vehicle safely.

Forklift Health And Safety Rules 

In the workplace, your employer owes you a legal duty to take reasonable steps to keep you safe. This is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. There are other pieces of legislation that an employer must also adhere to:

The Health and Safety Executive provides guidance on rider-operated lift trucks in their Approved Code of Practice guide. This offers advice on the safe operation of vehicles.

Causes Of Forklift Crashes And Accidents 

A forklift crash can happen in numerous ways. For example: 

  • You may have been given inadequate training.
  • A lack of regular and thorough maintenance could lead to the forklift malfunctioning and causing a crash. 
  • The forklift truck may have been loaded incorrectly, causing it to overturn.

Construction Accident Statistics 

According to statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive, 59,000 non-fatal injuries took place on construction sites between 2019 and 2022, which required reporting under RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.

Of these:

  • Injuries from handling, lifting, or carrying were 18% of injuries on construction sites and 19% in all industries. 
  • Injuries from being struck by a moving or falling object made up 12% of the injuries sustained on construction sites and 10% in all industries. 
  • On average, lift trucks are involved in around a quarter of all workplace vehicle accidents. 

Am I Eligible To Claim For A Forklift Crash? 

Your employer has a legal duty to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety in the workplace. If you sustain injuries because this duty has been breached, your employer may be responsible, and you could be eligible to claim compensation. You must prove:

  • Your employer owed you a duty of care
  • They breached this duty
  • This breach caused your injuries

Furthermore, you should also be within the time limit when making a claim for your accident at work. The Limitation Act 1980 states that you will generally have three years from the date of your accident or from the date you became aware of your employer’s negligence in your forklift crash. 

When claiming compensation for your injuries, evidence will be significant in proving your employer’s negligence. This could include: 

  • CCTV footage
  • Witness contact information
  • Photographs of the injuries and a copy of medical records

Estimated Payouts For Forklift Crashes At Work 

When claiming for your forklift crash, you may wonder what compensation you could be entitled to. The Judicial College Guidelines provide compensation brackets showing the potential payouts that could be awarded, as shown in the table below. 

However, these figures are not guaranteed and should only be used as a guide. The outcome of your settlement may vary in comparison. 

You could also use a personal injury compensation calculator, which can give you a rough overview of the payout you could receive. However, these typically do not include factors that could be otherwise considered in your claim, so the figures should also be used only as a guide. 

Injury Severity Notes Value
Head Moderately Severe (b) There is a substantial dependence on others as the person is severely disabled. £219,070 to £282,010
Neck Severe (a) (i) This includes incomplete paraplegia or little/no movement in neck despite collar wear. In the region of £148,330
Neck Moderate (b) (ii) These are soft tissue or wrenching-type injuries which can seriously limit movement. £13,740 to £24,990
Leg Severe (i) This is just short of amputation and can include extensive degloving of the leg, a gross shortening of the leg, or where extensive bone grafting has taken place. £96,250 to £135,920
Leg Less Serious (i) A person has suffered but reasonably recovered from a fracture or soft tissue injury. £17,960 to £27,760
Back Severe (a) (iii) Injuries covering disc lesions or fractures of vertebral bodies causing severe pain and impaired agility. £38,780 to £69,730
Back Moderate (b) (ii) This includes disturbance of ligaments and soft tissue injuries that impact a persons ability to function daily. £12,510 to £27,760
Arm Less Severe (c) Significant disabilities but the person is largely recovered or expected to. £19,200 to £39,170
Shoulder Serious (b) Damage to the brachial plexus and dislocation of the shoulder causing pain and sensory symptoms. £12,770 to £19,200
Shoulder Moderate (c) The shoulder has limited movement with discomfort and symptoms persisting for two years. £7,890 to £12,770

When looking into compensation amounts, you may wonder about the types you could claim for. General damages tend to cover the pain you have endured due to your injuries. 

Special Damages For Forklift Accident Claims

Following a successful claim for a forklift crash, you may also be entitled to special damages. These aim to compensate you for the financial losses you experience as a result of your injuries. Some of the financial losses you could be compensated for in successful forklift accident claims include:

  •   Lost earnings.
  •   The cost of home adjustments.
  •   The cost of mobility aids.
  •   Childcare costs.
  •   Prescription costs.

However, you will need to provide evidence of these losses, such as bank statements, payslips and invoices.

To learn more about the forklift truck accidents claims process, contact our team of advisors today.

No Win No Fee Forklift Crash Claims 

When making a claim for a forklift crash, you may be interested in hiring a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis. If your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay for your solicitor’s services. 

A popular type of this is a Conditional Fee Agreement. You will usually not pay your solicitor for their services if your claim is unsuccessful; however, if your claim is successful, your solicitor may take a success fee. 

A success fee is an amount a solicitor may deduct from your compensation. Despite this, the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013 restricts the amount a solicitor can take by a certain percentage. 

Contact us today to speak to our team of advisors, who can answer your queries and provide you with any further information. 

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