Can You Claim For A Pallet Truck Accident At Work?
This article explains when you might be entitled to start a personal injury claim following a pallet truck accident at work caused by your employer being negligent.
Pallet trucks are designed to help the movement of products and items around shops, warehouses and factories. Due to their bulkiness and heavy weight, they have the potential to cause an accident. Therefore, this guide will look at the personal injury claim eligibility criteria for making a pallet truck accident at work claim for any injuries suffered. Furthermore, we’ll review the legislation that could allow you to claim and we’ll explain how our specialist solicitors could help you.
Furthermore, this guide will show you the types of evidence that could be used to support a pallet truck injury claim, the types of pallet truck accidents that can occur and how our solicitors could handle your case on a No Win No Fee basis.
If you’d like a no-obligation review of your case and free legal advice, you can:
- Call our team on 0151 375 9916.
- Use the live chat function to discuss your options.
- Complete our “Contact Us” form with details of your claim.
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- Can You Claim For A Pallet Truck Accident At Work?
- How Can Pallet Truck Accidents Happen At Work?
- Potential Pallet Truck Injury Compensation
- What Evidence Can Help You Claim For A Pallet Truck Accident?
- Claim For A Pallet Truck Injury On A No Win No Fee Basis
- Learn More About Claiming Accident At Work Compensation
Whether you work in a factory, a warehouse or any other workplace your employer owes you a duty of care to take the necessary steps to ensure your safety while working.
This duty of care is established by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. For employers to uphold their duty of care they could:
- Regularly check the workplace to identify any issues that might make working with a pallet truck unsafe (e.g. uneven or damaged floors) and fix any problems identified.
- Train you on how to use a pallet truck safely.
- Ensure any pallet trucks are fit for purpose and properly maintained.
- Consider providing powered or sit-on pallet trucks where large or heavy loads are involved.
You may have grounds to make a personal injury claim following a pallet truck accident if:
- At the time of your accident, you were owed a duty of care by your employer.
- Your employer’s actions (or inaction) meant they breached their legal duty and a pallet truck accident resulted; and
- As a direct result of the accident, you sustained an injury or injuries.
We are happy to assess your eligibility to begin a claim on a no-obligation basis. Therefore, why not call one of our specialists for free legal advice today?
As we’ve shown above, you could receive a compensation payout following a pallet truck accident that was caused by your employer being negligent. Some examples of when this might be the case include:
- If you suffered an ankle injury because the person operating the pallet truck lost control of it as they had had no training.
- Where you suffered a dislocated shoulder while trying to pull a sack truck that had seized because it had been poorly maintained.
- If you sustained a knee injury because a colleague collided with you while moving an overloaded pallet truck.
- If you suffered a back injury because you’d not been trained on how to move items from the pallet truck safely.
- You were injured because your pallet truck tipped over and knocked you to the ground because it was damaged and the employer had failed to have it fixed.
Whether you were operating a manual or powered pallet truck, you could be entitled to claim for any injuries if your accident was caused by your employer’s negligence.
We haven’t listed every type of pallet truck accident here so please get in touch if you’d like us to check if you might be entitled to begin a claim.
Pallet truck accidents will affect people in different ways. Therefore, providing an accurate compensation estimate at this point is not possible. However, our compensation table below provides some compensation brackets for a range of injuries as does our compensation calculator. If your personal injury claim after an accident at work is successful, you could be awarded general damages for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries, along with, special damages to cover financial losses caused by the injuries.
The figures on display are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Our solicitors, other legal professionals and insurers refer to the JCG when determining the value of general damages.
The amounts listed are not guaranteed as various factors are considered when calculating compensation amounts. For example, the extent of your suffering caused by physical or psychological injuries will be considered as will the impact your injuries have on your hobbies or other usual activities. The figures in the table are for guidance only and refer to just one part of the settlement.
|Type of Injury||Severity||Compensation Guidance||More Details|
|Amputation of Arms||Loss of One Arm (ii)||£109,650 to £130,930||An above the elbow amputation of a single arm.|
|Arm||Severe||£96,160 to £130,930||Injuries that are so serious that the results are similar to losing the arm.|
|Leg||Amputation (iv)||£97,980 to £132,990||A below the knee amputation of one leg.|
|Leg||Severe (iv)||£27,760 to £39,200||Covers multiple or complicated leg fractures as well as crushing injuries.|
|Ankle||Very Severe||£50,060 to £69,700||These ankle injuries are so serious that if there is any future leg injury, a below the knee amputation may be required.|
|Ankle||Severe||£31,310 to £50,060||The claimant is likely to need an extensive period of treatment and could suffer a lengthy time in plaster. As a result of the injury, there is likely to be residual disability.|
|Foot||Serious||£24,990 to £39,200||This type of foot injury will increase the risk of arthritis and will require prolonged treatment.|
|Achilles Tendon||Serious||£24,990 to £30,090||While there will have been a successful repair following a completely severed tendon, there will be a risk of residual weakness, a limp or limited ankle movement .|
|Knee||Moderate (i)||£14,840 to £26,190||A dislocated knee, torn meniscus or torn cartilage would fit into this compensation bracket.|
|Foot||Moderate||£13,740 to £24,990||Injuries that fall into this category include displaced metatarsal fractures. As a result of the injury future surgery may be needed.|
Claiming Special Damages After Pallet Truck Accidents At Work
Special damages might be awarded following an accident at work if your injuries have left you out of pocket.
For example, if you win a personal injury claim following a pallet truck accident, special damages could cover:
- Any earnings you lost or will lose in the future because of your injuries.
- The cost of a carer at home.
- Medical expenses including physiotherapy
- Home modifications if they’ll help you to cope better with an ongoing disability.
- Travel expenses.
You will need evidence to prove any expenses that you try to recoup. Therefore, you should keep bank statements, receipts or wage slips where required.
To see what amount of compensation you might be able to claim, why not call our team today?
Our accident at work solicitors will always try to build as strong a case as possible in any case they work on. Generally, this means supplying as much evidence as possible to substantiate your claim.
If you decide to make a work injury claim for a pallet truck accident, the types of evidence you could collect include:
- Photographs of the pallet truck’s defects or anything else that caused the accident.
- Contact details for your colleagues or others who saw the accident in case your solicitor would like to gather witness statements in the future.
- Video footage of the accident if the incident was recorded by CCTV cameras.
- Your copy of the company’s accident report form which can help to prove where and when your accident occurred.
- A diary setting out the dates you couldn’t work, needed medical treatment or were affected by your injuries.
A solicitor can help you to gather any further information if required. For example, they will request copies of your medical records and might obtain investigation reports from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) if needed.
One call to our advisors can get you a free case assessment with no obligation to continue with a personal injury claim. However, if you do have a valid case, the advisors may offer to connect you with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.
If your claim is accepted, your solicitor will:
- Help to secure the evidence needed to support your claim.
- Communicate with your employer and their insurers on your behalf.
- Use their legal skills to negotiate and try to counter any objections raised.
- Keep in touch with you and provide regular updates.
- Try to ensure that you receive the right amount of compensation for your injuries.
If one of our solicitors agrees to help you, you’ll receive a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Once signed, your solicitor will work on your case without you paying any of their fees up front, as the claim proceeds or if the claim is lost.
Should you be awarded a settlement, your solicitor will retain a percentage of your compensation as their success fee. Legally, though, this is capped when using a CFA so you’ll still receive the majority of the compensation payout.
To see if you could make a No Win No Fee pallet truck accident claim, you can:
- Phone our team on 0151 375 9916.
- Email us via our “Contact Us” page.
- Use our live chat service to speak to an advisor online.
As we’re at the end of our guide on claiming pallet truck injury compensation, we’ve decided to link to some further guides that you may wish to read:
- Advice on how long after an accident at work you can begin a claim.
- A guide about when you can make a manual handling claim if injured at work.
- Information on your rights after an accident at work and the options available to you.
Finally, you may find the following external resources helpful too:
- HSE guidance on manual handling techniques including the use of pallet trucks.
- NHS information on a broken leg.
- Government information on the current rate of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
If you have any further questions, you can always visit our frequently asked questions about accidents at work page or please get in touch if you’d like to know anything else about claiming compensation for a pallet truck accident at work.