A Guide To Warehouse Accident Claims
This guide explains when warehouse accident claims might be possible if you’ve been injured at work because of your employer’s negligence.
While modern warehousing techniques are much more efficient and safer than in the past, there are various hazards within such an environment that have the potential to cause some serious accidents. Forklift accidents, falls from height and being crushed by falling items are just some examples of accidents that could happen in a working warehouse.
This guide explains the eligibility criteria for personal injury claims following a warehouse accident and the safety legislation that could form the basis of your accident at work claim. We’ll also list some of the evidence that you could collect to help strengthen your case.
Finally, you’ll find out how our solicitors could help you make a work injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
If you’d like free legal advice about your claim, you can:
- Call our team on 0151 375 9916.
- Connect to an advisor in live chat.
- Use our “Contact Us” page to send us a message.
Please continue reading to learn more about warehouse accident claims or contact us for a no-obligation review of your case.
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- When Can You Make Warehouse Accident Claims?
- How Could A Warehouse Accident Be Caused By Employer Negligence?
- Potential Compensation From Warehouse Injury Claims
- What Evidence Could Be Used In Warehouse Accident Claims?
- Use No Win No Fee Accident At Work Solicitors To Claim Compensation
- Learn More About Claiming For A Warehouse Accident
Because of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, employers have a duty of care to their employees to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure employees’ safety and welfare, therefore, in doing so preventing accidents at work.
To fulfil this duty of care, employers of warehouse employees could:
- Conduct thorough risk assessments regularly and remove or reduce any dangers identified.
- Train staff on health and safety procedures.
- Provide staff with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if there’s no other way to mitigate a risk.
- Ensure all machinery and workplace equipment is safe and properly maintained.
- Allow adequate rest periods to try and prevent accidents linked to tiredness.
If your employer has failed to meet their duty of care obligations, it may be possible to sue them for any injuries sustained as a result.
The eligibility criteria for a personal injury claim are:
- At the time of your accident, were you owed a legal duty of care by your employer?
- Did your employer breach their duty of care towards your well-being that resulted in a warehouse accident; and
- Were you injured in that accident?
Importantly, all warehouse workers should be treated the same when it comes to health and safety. Therefore, our solicitors could help zero-hours employees, agency workers, and other staff who are involved in a warehouse accident.
To see if you might be entitled to make a warehouse injury claim, why not speak to us today?
As we’ve explained in the previous section, you could be compensated for any injuries sustained in a warehouse accident if your employer’s negligence resulted in the incident occurring.
Here are some scenarios that could, therefore, lead to warehouse accident claims:
- You had a fall at work in a warehouse because of a damaged or faulty ladder that your employer failed to replace or repair.
- An employee could be crushed by falling boxes or products because the employee who stacked the racking had no training on how to do it safely.
- If you slipped on a spillage or a leak due to there being no warning signs.
- An employee could be hit by a forklift truck in the warehouse because the driver was not trained on how to use it.
- If you were exposed to chemicals while moving products because you were not provided with the necessary PPE to do your job safely.
This list of incidents is not exhaustive. If you’ve been injured in any type of warehouse accident and believe you are entitled to compensation, why not call us to discuss your case today?
As each personal injury claim is unique, your solicitor, if you have chosen to work with one, will need to assess yours in detail before they can provide a compensation estimate.
As part of this, they’ll arrange a medical assessment with an independent specialist so that your injuries and their impact can be documented.
Once your solicitor receives the specialist’s report, they’ll use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to try and determine the level of compensation you might be entitled to for your physical and psychological injuries.
Our compensation calculator and the table below also use figures from the JCG to give you some idea about potential compensation levels.
Please bear in mind that there are several factors used to determine compensation amounts in warehouse accident claims. Therefore, these figures cannot be guaranteed.
|Psychiatric Damage||Severe||£54,830 to £115,730||This bracket covers psychiatric damage following a warehouse accident that affects the claimant's ability to deal with life, work and education; leaves them vulnerable in the future; and affects relationships. The overall prognosis will be poor.|
|Leg||Amputation (iv)||£97,980 to £132,990||Where the claimant suffers a traumatic or surgical amputation of one leg below the knee.|
|Arm||Severe||£96,160 to £130,930||Injuries which fall short of amputation for example, a serious brachial plexus injury.|
|Arm||Less Severe||£19,200 to £39,170||These arm injuries will result in significant disabilities but the claimant will be expected to recover well.|
|Back||Severe (iii)||£38,780 to £69,730||This bracket covers injuries such as spinal disc lesions or fractures that, even after surgery, cause ongoing disabilities such as severe pain, discomfort and reduced agility.|
|Back||Moderate (i)||£27,760 to £38,780||Examples in this settlement range include crush fractures of the lumbar vertebrae that results in constant discomfort and pain with a substantial risk of osteoarthritis.|
|Achilles Tendon||Most Serious||Around £38,430||Where severed tendon from the longus muscle cause swelling, cramp and restricted ankle movement which prevents the claimant from playing sports (for example).|
|Pelvis||Moderate (i)||£26,590 to £39,170||These pelvis or hip injuries will be significant. However, any permanent problems will not be great.|
Claiming For Special Damages In A Work Injury Claim
In addition to compensation for any physical or psychological suffering, warehouse accident claims could also cover any financial losses linked to your injuries. For example, your claim could cover:
- Lost earnings (including any future losses).
- The cost of a carer.
- Medical treatment costs (e.g. private physiotherapy or surgery).
- Travel costs.
- The cost of modifying your home to help you deal with any ongoing disability.
Receipts, wage slips and bank statements relating to any costs should be forwarded to your solicitor to help substantiate your claim.
Why not contact us if you’d like to check what compensation you might be entitled to for a warehouse accident claim?
When making warehouse accident claims, you will usually need evidence to prove why your employer was to blame for your accident and the extent of your injuries.
Therefore, if you are involved in a warehouse accident, the types of evidence that may strengthen your claim include:
- Contact details for colleagues or anybody else who saw your accident. This will allow your solicitor to collect witness statements at a later date if necessary.
- Photographs taken at the scene of your accident to try and demonstrate why you were injured.
- A diary about how your injuries have affected you and any medical treatment you’ve received from a GP or at a hospital.
- A copy of the accident report form to help prove the date, time and location of your warehouse accident.
- Video footage of the accident if the warehouse has CCTV cameras.
If your claim proceeds, you may collect further evidence to help prove what happened such as a report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) if they conducted an investigation.
If you’d like us to check the evidence you’ve collected so far, please feel free to contact our team.
Our specialist accident at work solicitors can support those making warehouse accident claims. They can offer claimants many benefits such as:
- Help to collect the evidence needed to prove your case.
- Handle all communication with your employer’s insurer on your behalf.
- Make sure your claim is started within the allowed time limits.
- Send you regular updates as your claim progresses.
- Fight your corner to try and secure the maximum level of compensation possible.
Importantly, all of the above will be carried out on a No Win No Fee basis.
To facilitate this, you’ll sign a type of No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). The CFA means that you won’t pay any fees for your solicitor’s work up front, while the claim is being processed or if the claim fails.
A success fee will be deducted from any compensation you are awarded if the claim is won. Importantly, success fee percentages are legally capped when using a CFA so you’ll retain the bulk of your compensation payout.
To see if you could work with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors, you can:
- Call an advisor on 0151 375 9916.
- Complete our “Contact Us” form with details about your accident.
- Ask one of our online advisors for free advice.
You’ve reached the end of our guide on warehouse injury claims. Therefore, we’ve linked to some more of our guides which could prove useful:
- Advice on making a manual handling claim if you suffer an injury at work.
- Information about how long after an accident at work you can start a personal injury claim.
- A guide that explains what to do after an accident at work.
Finally, we’ve included some useful external resources as well:
- A lift truck safety guide from the HSE.
- The eligibility criteria for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you take time off from work.
- NHS information on back pain.
If you’d like further advice on how warehouse accident claims work, please feel free to call a member of our team.