Forklift Truck Accidents

Many risks can arise from the use of a forklift truck, and so by law, necessary training is required to operate one. However, employer or employee negligence can often cause a forklift injury in the workplace.

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The Short of it

  • If you have been injured in a forklift truck

    injury in the last three years that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

  • You can be injured when operating a forklift,

    or if you are in the vicinity of one which is not being operated correctly or on an unsuitable surface.

  • Watermans expert personal injury solicitors

    are here to help you in your pursuit of a claim for compensation for your accident.

  • Everything we do at Watermans

    is about getting you the resolution you need and providing Straightforward legal advice. It should be that simple.

  • The Long of it

    Forklift truck accidents

    Forklift truck accident claims

    Accidents in the workplace involving forklift trucks are unfortunately commonplace in the UK. It is not only the drivers of forklifts that are at risk of injury; someone working or walking in the vicinity of a forklift truck is also at risk of sustaining an injury.

    Forklift truck accidents occur mostly due to human error and inexperience. Be it on a construction site, in a factory or in a warehouse, if you are required to drive a forklift truck then you should be fully trained. By law, any person in the UK operating a vehicle such as a forklift truck must be fully trained, with many employers requesting a certificate or license as proof of experience. However, some employers may neglect this law and this increases the opportunity of a forklift truck accident arising.

    Forklift truck accidents can occur

    • if the operator is not correctly trained or licensed
    • if the forklift is carrying an unsuitable load or on an uneven surface
    • if the operator is driving recklessly
    • if the load being carried by the forklift falls onto a person
    • by the forklift colliding with a person
    • if the machine itself is damaged or incorrectly maintained

    The potential injuries sustained from a forklift accident can be serious, and the aftermath can be difficult for you and your loved ones. Aside from the pain and suffering you may experience, there may also be a loss of earnings involved due to being out of work for a period of time. If you have been involved in a forklift truck accident then you may be entitled to make a forklift truck 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 employee or negligence towards sufficient training.

    Making a claim

    How do I make a forklift accident claim?

    If you or a loved one has experienced an injury and loss of earnings due to a forklift truck accident within the last three years, you should speak to one of our dedicated personal injury solicitors today. You may be entitled to compensation, if the accident occurred due to incorrect training or negligence on your employer’s behalf.

    Experiencing and recovering from a forklift truck injury can be painful and upsetting for you and your family. Injuries sustained can range from minor injuries to serious injuries, which could change the way you live and work forever. Adjusting to this new way of life could mean that you require long-term medical care, or need adaptations made to your home. All of these changes will be considered when making your personal injury claim.

    At Watermans, we understand that making a personal injury claim may seem daunting. Perhaps you wouldn’t even know how to begin the process. That’s where we come in. Our personal injury solicitors have a wealth of knowledge regarding forklift truck accidents, and are here to offer you straightforward legal advice. We are here to support you in pursuing your claim, plus we operate a no win no fee policy, meaning that if we don’t win, you don’t pay any solicitors fees.

    It should be that simple.

    How much compensation?

    How much compensation for a forklift truck accident?

    As with all personal injury claims, each potential compensation amount will differ. In the case of a forklift truck injury, you may be entitled to compensation for;

    • 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.

    Whatever your injury, you can ensure that Watermans will fight for the best possible outcome for you.

    Why Watermans?

    Why should I choose Watermans to pursue my claim?

    Watermans make legal services look and feel easy so people can move forward in life.

    Watermans are one of the leading personal injury firms in Scotland. We act only for people who have been injured in an accident, and never for the at-fault party, nor insurance companies who defend these cases.

    Our expert team are committed to doing everything to make the claims process straightforward for our clients following an accident. We take the hassle from you and fight each case to secure the maximum level of compensation. We also provide access to a range of additional services, such as physiotherapy and psychological treatment to ensure you recover from your injuries as soon as possible and get your life back on track.

    Our expertise in personal injury covers a wide range of areas including accidents at work, public liability claims, road traffic accidents, fatal and serious injury claims and cases relating to child and historical abuse.

    We represent thousands of clients throughout Scotland each year, securing millions of pounds in compensation for our clients. We work on a no win a fee basis, which means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t end up out of pocket.


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