If a forklift truck is poorly maintained, or lack the proper training to ensure safe handling of the vehicle, and you suffer a injury as a result, you could be eligible to claim financial compensation.
Making Your Claim
According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC), forklift trucks are involved in approximately one quarter of all major workplace accidents involving transportation in the UK.
Forklift accidents tend to occur as a result of one of the following factors:
- Poor maintenance of the vehicle: Like any vehicle, forklift trucks require regular maintenance. This means checking chains, moving components, keeping tyres at the correct pressure and so on. If a forklift is not properly maintained, accidents can happen.
- Dangerous working environment: A working environment that does not meet established health and safety standards can be dangerous. Anything that creates an obstruction to forklift truck routes is a danger to both driver and workplace pedestrians.
- Inadequate driver training: If a forklift truck driver has not been provided with proper training, their ability to operate the vehicle safely is severely impeded. This often leads to serious workplace accidents and injuries.
Whether you have been injured by items falling from a forklift, a forklift truck collided with you or you were forced to drive a forklift over an unsuitable surface due to poor workplace safety standards, if you suspect one of the above factors was to blame, contact a solicitor as soon as possible to discuss a potential accident claim.
When a forklift truck went into his electric tug, Richard Stait from the West Midlands was told he would never work again.
Richard was driving an electric tug through a warehouse at the Jaguar plant at Castle Bromwich when a fork lift truck ploughed into the side of his vehicle.
During the accident, the electric tug lifted off the ground before landing heavily on its wheels.
Richard explains: “When the tug lifted off the ground I too was lifted and then slammed back into my seat when it landed. As I did so, I hit the steering wheel with my ribs and unbeknown to me at the time I crushed three discs in my spine.”
“It was because the pain was so severe in my ribs that I didn’t realise that I had three prolapsed discs. However, when my ribs started to heal, and the pain began to subside, the pain in my back became more apparent.”
Richard was working at Jaguar through his employer Excel Recruitment, which argued in Court that his back was damaged prior to his accident.
“How would I have passed my thirteen week trial to work with Excel with three prolapsed discs?” asks Richard.
“Express Solicitors took Excel to Court and I was awarded £143,000. I was delighted with the result, but it was also the right result and necessary as I will never work again.”
“At one point the insurance to fight the case was withdrawn but Express Solicitors stood firm and said ‘we will fight it’. I received a personal service which was both courteous and efficient and I would have no hesitation in recommending Express Solicitors to anybody else who finds themselves in the unfortunate position I was in.”
If you are injured due to another individual’s negligence, financial compensation is your legal right. It is intended to help you pay for medical bills, as well as compensating you for loss of earnings due to a period spent out of work. At Express Solicitors, our team of specialists accept all claims on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.
If you would like to arrange for an initial consultation with a lawyer, or you simply wish to discuss the law surrounding claims in more detail, contact Express Solicitors today on 0161 904 4660 or e-mail us and we will call you back.