A forklift truck (known as a FLT) accident may cause serious injury, impact your work, and force changes to your life. The impacts of any personal injury cost you in both health and financial terms, and you may be able to claim compensation for those damages.

Forklift truck accidents can arise from collisions, being hit by falling objects and it tipping over when not counterbalanced. If you have been injured in a forklift truck accident and it was not your fault, you may have a potential workplace injury claim for compensation.

Your personal injury solicitor seeks to recover any damages through a claims process. If you have been injured, and your life impacted by an accident that was someone else’s fault, a claim for compensation seeks financial redress for your injuries and financial losses.

If you have been injured in a forklift truck accident and it was not your fault, The Personal Injury Team No Win No Fee solicitors will file your compensation claim and get you the money you deserve.

What is a forklift injury claim?

A forklift injury claim is when you seek compensation for the damages you suffer due to a forklift truck accident. The claim includes the damages directly from the injury and from the financial effects on your life.

The medical costs of an injury can be high, and the more significant the injury, the higher the medical costs might be. You may also need compensation for all time off work to cover loss of earnings, now and into the future as well as possibly making adaptations to your home and car where the injuries deem that necessary and reasonable.

The Health and Safety at work act 1974 protects workers in the event of injury. If you are the victim of a breach of this act, you may be entitled to a compensation claim.

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor seeks the compensation you are entitled to in a forklift accident claim.

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Who is entitled to a forklift accident claim?

If you were injured in a forklift accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a forklift accident claim. Your employer may tell you otherwise, but you might be able to make a claim for compensation when injured in a forklift truck accident.

If you were injured when driving the forklift, you could have a forklift accident claim. A pedestrian or fellow worker injured by a forklift may also have a claim for compensation, depending on the circumstances.

An employer should have insurance in place to cover the costs of any workplace injury claim. The insurance company will pay the compensation damages due to you, and you should not be out of pocket after a forklift accident injury that was not your fault.

Your No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor will make your claim when you are entitled to forklift injury compensation.

How Much Is Your Claim Worth?

Take a few minutes to fill in our claim assessment form and find out how much compensation you will be entitled to.

Can I make a forklift injury claim even if I was at fault?

You may still make a forklift injury claim even if you are partly at fault for the accident.  A personal injury claim can only be made against someone at fault, and at least partly to blame for the accident. 

Split liability or contributory negligence allows you to seek compensation in cases where you are partly at fault for the forklift truck accident. There are often conflicting versions of what happened, and you should get legal advice before deciding on your claim.

If you were fully at fault for a forklift injury, you probably cannot make a claim for personal injury but, it is always worth enquiring with experts to be sure. 

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor will advise and guide you through making your forklift accident claim.

Can I make a forklift injury claim even if I was at fault

Common forklift accident claims

Common forklift accident claims range from lack of training to collisions and being hit by falling objects.

The common forklift accident injury claims are:

  • Collisions with other vehicles
  • The forklift toppling over
  • Lack of forklift training
  • Lack of forklift maintenance
  • Being hit by a forklift
  • Being hit by objects falling from a forklift truck

Collisions with other vehicles

Collisions with other vehicles happen in a busy warehouse or an unsupervised yard. The forklift may hit a car or another forklift when moving goods, and the driver is injured in the collision.

A forklift can also collide with walls and shelving in a poorly designed warehouse or when the forklift is packed with too many goods.

You may claim for the negligence of others in hitting your forklift and the damages you suffer in the collision.

The forklift toppling over

The forklift toppling over happens when the lift is packed with too many boxes or pallets, and the truck overturns. It can happen when the forklift driver is under pressure or inexperienced at handling the forklift. 

Forklifts can also topple over when going around corners or if they hit a wall or stack of shelving.

Lack of forklift training

Lack of forklift training is not unusual in busy warehouses or where an employer is negligent in their duty of care. Forklift drivers must be fully aware of how to use the forklift and how to drive one safely. 

Full training must be given to new and experienced drivers of forklifts. They should also receive updated training and undergo courses on Health and Safety protocols regularly.

Lack of forklift maintenance

Lack of forklift maintenance is a common source of forklift injury claims. The brakes on a poorly maintained forklift can fail, loose steering will cause it to crash, or the lift mechanism might fail and cause serious injury.

It is the duty of care of an employer to maintain the forklift so that it is always in a safe condition, and to fail in that duty of care might constitute workplace negligence.

Being hit by a forklift

Being hit by a forklift often results in broken limbs, spinal damage or  head injury. Collisions can be due to inexperienced drivers, poorly maintained forklifts or lack of safety procedures in the warehouse.

The forklift may hit a fellow employee, a pedestrian, another vehicle or a visitor onsite, but if the collision is due to negligence, you might have a forklift accident claim.

Being hit by objects falling from a forklift truck

Being hit by objects falling from a forklift truck might be negligence by the warehouse owner. The boxes or pallets may not be secured properly and fall on an employee or visitor, causing injury. You can be injured, too, when the lift mechanism fails, and the forklift spills its cargo.

You may be able to claim personal injury compensation when injured by an object falling from a forklift.

Workplace injury compensation

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Lack of safety guidelines in the workplace caused a forklift collision. Driver compensated for injuries & mental distress

Common forklift accident injuries

Common forklift accident injuries include broken bones and soft tissue damage. A forklift can do a lot of damage to an unsuspecting worker or onsite visitor. 

If you suffer one of the common forklift accident injuries, you might be able claim compensation for the damages involved.

Some common forklift accident injuries are:

  • Broken limbs from collisions and falling objects
  • Concussion from being hit by a forklift or its cargo
  • Repetitive strain injury from operating the forklift
  • Soft tissue injuries from forklift truck accidents
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries, neck injuries, and spine damage from crush injuries

  • Hearing damage from lack of protective gear

Common forklift injuries can cause serious damage and impact your life.

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor seeks compensation for all damages in your forklift accident claim.

How much compensation can you claim for a forklift accident?

You can claim compensation for a forklift accident amounts in the £10,000s to awards of more than £1m. The amount you seek is for the personal injury and for the financial damages incurred in lost income, adaptions to your home and all other costs.

If someone else is responsible for your personal injury, you can claim compensation from their insurance company.

Sample compensation amounts in a personal injury claim are as follows. Please note these are figures for the injuries only, and financial losses would apply in addition.

  • Facial scarring from £9,110 to £30,090
  • Moderate hip and pelvis injury from £12,590 to £39,170
  • Severe shoulder injury from £19,200 to £48,030
  • Moderate neck injury from £7,890 to £38,490
  • Severe back injury from £38,780 to £160,980
  • Traumatic chest injury from £65,740 to £100,670
  • Moderate brain injury from £43,060 to £219,070
  • Paraplegia from £219,070 to £284,260

(The figures given here are for General Damages amounts only. You will also receive compensation for any financial losses you suffer due to the personal injury. Figures are taken from Judicial College Guidelines 16th Edition and are accurate as of April 2023.)

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There is not one fixed amount in personal injury claims. The circumstances differ from person to person and claim to claim, and the amount of compensation awarded will be tailored to the circumstances of your claim.  

A No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor can give you an idea of what to expect from their experience in compensation claims.

Our Process

We make the claim process as simple and streamlined as possible, and that’s one of the reasons we’re maintain a 4.9 / 5 ★ rating from our customers!

Enquiry

The first step is to get in touch and tell us what went wrong. It’s free and easy. Call our 24-hour helpline: 0800 027 0370 or request a callback here.

Claim Evaluation

Once you have spoken with our team we’ll let you know how we can help. This will involve a thorough case review and understanding of the incident, financial damages and physical injuries.

Legal Letter

Once we are satisfied we have all the information we require and have a full understanding of your circumstances. We send a letter of claim to the negligent party outlining your claim and compensation requirements.

What can you claim for compensation in a forklift injury claim?

When calculating compensation for forklift injury claims, there are 2 types of compensation that are added to get the total amount.

  • General Damages
  • Specific damages

To get an accurate estimate of how much you can claim, speak with the Personal Injury Team and take a FREE claim assessment today.

Compensation for general damages when making a forklift injury claim

General damages cover PSLA, or the Pain, Suffering and Loss of Amenity in the event of a forklift accident leading to injury.

Workplace injuries can often lead to severe injuries that take a long time to heal. General damages are awarded to victims of such accidents.

Special Damages

Specific damages covers you in any out of pocket event that might arise as a result of your forklift accident claim.

For example, any medical expenses for hospitals, doctors, rehabilitation or therapists are covered by specific damages.

Lost wages are also covered by specific damages in the event you can not work due to injuries sustained from a forklift injury.

Can I lose my job for a workplace injury claim?

No, you cannot lose your job for a workplace injury claim due to a forklift Injury. If you are injured in a forklift accident, and it was not your fault, then you may have a right to make a workplace injury claim.

The employer cannot threaten you with dismissal or not treat you the same as other employees in the future.

They have a duty of care to all employees, including providing a safe working environment with full risk assessment.

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How to make a claim for personal injury compensation

To make a claim for personal injury compensation, there are usually a few standard steps to follow. We will guide you through the entire process from first contact through to the conclusion of your claim.

If you have been the victim of a forklift accident while at work, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim for damages. The first step in making a claim for personal injury is getting in contact with The Personal Injury Team. Our team of workplace injury solicitors will make your claim process as easy and stress free as possible.

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How to prove your claim for forklift injury compensation?

To prove your claim for forklift injury compensation, you will need evidence to show how and where the injury happened. Some evidence you may be able to gather at the time of the accident, and other evidence may need to be gathered later.

To help prove your claim for personal injury, you need to:

  • Get photographs of the site of the accident
  • Take photographs of an injury you suffer
  • Get photographs of all the vehicles involved
  • Gather CCTV footage of the accident
  • Get details of all witnesses and of those involved
  • Get your medical reports and other injury assessments
  • Report the injury to your employer and keep details of the report

Evidence can form a key part of your forklift accident claim and may even speed the process for your personal injury solicitor when seeking compensation.

Your No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor will use the evidence as part of your forklift accident personal injury claim.

How to prove your claim for personal injury compensation

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