Fork Lift Truck Accidents

Fork lift truck accidents are mostly due to human error and inexperience. Be it a construction site, factory or warehouse, if you are required to drive a fork lift truck then you should be fully trained.

In the UK it is the law that any person operating a vehicle such as a fork lift truck must be fully trained, with many employers requesting a certificate or license as proof of experience. Unfortunately many neglect this and as a result fork lift truck accidents are still common throughout a wide range of industries.

If you have been involved in a fork lift truck accident then you may be entitled to make a work accident claim. In order to be successful in your claim it is important to show that the accident was due to the fault of another party or negligence towards sufficient training.

Taking notes and photographs of the scene of the accident can vastly improve the strength of your claim.

Watermans Accident Claims and Care work throughout Scotland on a No Win No Fee basis. Our team of highly qualified solicitors are well versed in work accident claims. For more information or to discuss your claim, call us on 0131 555 7055 or 0141 430 7055 for a free consultation today. Or you can contact us through our form.

Fork Lift Accidents – Frequently Asked Questions

The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.

Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact your employer to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you


A strict three-year time limit applies to making a forklift accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
  • Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
  • Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
  • Construction Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.

In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:

  • Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
  • Loss of earnings or earning capacity
  • Any future expenses as a result of the injury
  • Home modification and care expenses
  • Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, this should be taken as a guide.

If you have suffered a personal injury from a forklift accident in the workplace that wasn’t your fault there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from the accident receive immediate medical attention. Not only for health reasons, but also because medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line.

You should also report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. By making a health and safety record of the event, you’re providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.