By Danielle Griffin. Last Updated 2nd August 2023. Suffering an injury in a warehouse accident can not only inflict severe pain, but can also disrupt your life and cost you financially. If you want to make a personal injury for compensation, you’ve found the right place.
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- The Criteria To Claim For A Warehouse Accident
- What Injuries Can You Claim Compensation For?
- What Are The Most Common Causes Of Accidents In A Warehouse?
- What To Do If You Get Injured In A Warehouse Accident
- How Is Compensation Calculated For A Warehouse Accident Claim?
- What Else Can You Claim For After A Warehouse Accident?
- Can I Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis?
- Talk To Accident Claims Today
- Learn More About Accident At Work Claims
If you have been injured in a warehouse accident at work, you might be eligible to make an accident at work claim. However, you will need to prove that due to your employer breaching their duty of care, you suffered an injury at work.
Per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer owes you a duty of care. Per this duty, they must take reasonable and practicable steps to ensure your safety while you are performing work-related duties and in the workplace. For example, they should perform regular risk and hazard assessments to ensure the work floor is free of any potential dangers that could cause an injury. If your employer failed to adhere to their duty of care, this could result in you being injured in a workplace accident, and you may have the basis of a valid claim.
Contact our advisors today if you have any questions about making a warehouse accident claim. Our team are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Warehouse Accident?
If you’re injured on a forklift in a warehouse accident, or any other warehouse accident that was caused by your employer’s negligence, there will be a time limit on starting your claim. How long you have to launch a warehouse injury claim could depend on a few things.
In most cases, you’d have 3 years from the date of the accident. However, this 3-year limitation period would not always begin on the date of the accident. In some cases, the three years can start from the date you became aware that your injuries were caused by negligence.
Are There Exceptions To The Time Limit?
In some cases, there could be an exception to the three-year limitation period. For example, if you’re under the age of 18, you will have three years from the date of your 18th birthday to launch your own warehouse accident claim if no claim has been made on your behalf before this point.
Another exception could be if the person who is injured does not have the mental capacity to claim.
To learn more about time limits for warehouse accident claims and the exceptions, please call the team today.
Many injuries can be caused by accident in a warehouse and result in grounds for warehouse accident claims to be made. However, some injuries are far more common than others. The most typical warehouse injuries are:
- Back and neck injuries – primarily caused by bad handling of heavy objects.
- Foot and toe injuries – caused by dropping heavy loads on foot.
- Arm and shoulder injuries – caused by trying to lift a weight that is too heavy.
- Fractures – caused by slips, trips and falls.
There are, of course, many more injuries that you could sustain in a warehouse accident. Call Accident Claims UK is a personal injury solicitor that can help you, call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out if you can claim compensation for yours.
There are many causes of warehouse accidents that can lead to claims being made. Yet when we look at warehouse injury statistics as shown in the graph above, even though attempts are made to lower the number of occurrences of a forklift truck accident, the trend is fairly level. This is the general trend for all types of accidents, and despite the best efforts of warehouse operators, some accidents are unavoidable. The leading causes of accidents are:
- Forklift truck accidents – caused by a faulty forklift or improper operation.
- Faulty equipment – that malfunctions and causes an accident.
- Falling – such as falling from a ladder, or a shelving rack.
- Falling objects – such as stored items falling from a shelf, or badly stacked items toppling over.
- Toxic exposure – from chemicals and gases.
- Bad handling – through lifting objects improperly.
- Slips, trips and falls – on wet, dirty, damaged or obstructed walkways.
No matter how your warehouse accident was caused, Accident Claims UK can help you seek compensation for your injuries. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out how.
Let’s take a look at some of these potential accidents at work in more detail.
Forklift Accidents In A Warehouse
Of all the reasons we help our clients make warehouse accident claims, forklift accidents are one of the most common. There are many ways that forklift accidents can be caused, including:
- The warehouse layout – if the actual environment that the forklift operates within creates natural hazards, the chance of a forklift accident will be greater.
- People riding forklifts – unfortunately, people often decide that riding on a forklift is preferable to walking. This can lead to them falling off the forklift and being injured.
- A bad centre of gravity – a forklift is supposed to be driven under load with the forks close to the ground. If the operator fails to lower the forks, the forklift could topple over.
- Driving too fast – speeding on a forklift is a widespread cause of accidents in a warehouse.
- Bad driving – if the forklift operator has not been trained properly, they may not have the skill required to drive the forklift.
If you have suffered an injury during a forklift accident, call Accident Claims UK at the number at the bottom of this claim to begin your request.
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Slips, Trips, And Falls
A slip, trip or fall is the most typical of all common warehouse accidents that we help our clients make warehouse accident claims for. Ways that slips, trips and falls happen in a warehouse include:
- Slips – on wet or dirty flooring that someone has not marked with a hazard sign.
- Trips – on faulty flooring inside the warehouse, or damaged paving slabs or curbstones in the outside area and car park that someone has not marked with a hazard sign.
- Falls – down poorly lit stairwells, or due to the stair rail coming away from the wall.
No matter how your slip, trip, or fall happened in a warehouse, we can help you claim compensation if the operator was to blame. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page to get a free case check.
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One of the most common injuries that warehouse accident claims are made for is a back injury.
Unlike other accidents, such as those caused by falling objects, in many cases, a warehouse employee may cause their own injury by performing manual handling duties incorrectly.
However, just because the warehouse employee injured themselves by lifting a heavy object in the wrong way does not mean that the warehouse owner cannot pay damages.
Part of the Health & Safety requirements that all warehouse operators must legally comply with are ensuring that all employees are trained in the correct way to lift heavy objects. If it can be proven that adequate training was not provided to the injured employee, a reason to claim compensation will exist.
Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page to determine if we can help you claim for your manual handling back injury.
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If you have been injured in a warehouse accident, and are eligible to make a personal injury claim, there are certain steps you could take to help strengthen your claim.
Some of the steps you could take following an accident at work include:
- Receive medical attention for your injuries. You could then request a copy of your medical records that states your injury and the treatment you needed to be used as evidence in your claim.
- Report the accident in the accident book. You could then request a copy of this report to be used as evidence in your claim, as it could provide details on when and how the accident occurred.
- Take photographs of the accident site and any visible injuries you suffered.
- Collect any video footage that shows you suffered an injury at work, e.g. any CCTV footage.
- Note down the contact details of any witnesses to the accident, as they could provide a statement about the incident at a later date.
Additionally, you can contact our advisors for free advice for your potential warehouse accident claim. If they believe you may have a valid case, they could connect you with one of our solicitors, who could help you gather evidence and guide you through the personal injury claim process.
If you suffered an injury in a warehouse accident and make a successful personal injury claim, your settlement could consist of two heads of loss. These are called general and special damages.
General damages are awarded to compensate for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by your injuries. To value personal injury claims, legal professionals may refer to the compensation brackets found in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them. This text provides a list of guideline compensation figures for different injuries.
In our table below, we’ve provided a few figures from the JCG’s 16th edition. It is only to be used as guidance.
|(a) Severe (i)
|Damage to the nerve roots and spinal cord that cause severe pain and disabilities such as an impaired bladder an incomplete paralysis.
|£91,090 to £160,980
|(a) Severe (i)
|Disruption of the knee joint that requires lengthy treatment and causes significant pain.
|£69,730 to £96,210
|The hands capacity has been reduced to 50% and several fingers may have been amputated.
|£29,000 to £61,910
|(b) Injuries Resulting in a Substantial and Permanent Disability.
|One or both forearms have suffered serious fractures that result in a functional or cosmetic disability.
|£39,170 to £59,860
|(a) Amputation of all Toes
|How much is awarded will be affected by how traumatic the amputation was and how much of the forefoot was lost.
|£36,520 to £56,080
|(a) Severe (iii)
|Severe soft tissue injuries, dislocations or fractures that lead to chronic conditions.
|£45,470 to £55,990
|(b) Less Severe
|The elbow’s function is impaired but is does not require major surgery or cause a significant disability.
|£15,650 to £32,010
|Ligamentous tears and fractures that make it difficult to walk on uneven ground and cause awkwardness on stairs.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Puncture wounds, ruptured ligaments and simple metatarsal fractures that cause continuing symptoms such as a limp.
|Up to £13,740
|A full recovery from a soft tissue injury or fracture takes longer than a year.
|£6,080 to £10,350
Contact our advisors to discuss how compensation is awarded in warehouse accident claims.
Above is a table providing examples of different injuries to show the potential amount of general damages compensation you could receive from a warehouse accident. Please bear in mind that the figures are not guaranteed as every claim is unique.
Another head of claim you may be able to claim compensation for is special damages. Special damages relate to the losses you’ve suffered financially because of the warehouse injuries. For example, if you’ve been seriously injured, you may suffer from loss of earnings if you’re now unable to work.
Evidence that would be required to claim special damages successfully includes invoices, bank statements, payslips and receipts. It’s important to remember that you would only be able to claim for the losses you’re able to prove.
Other losses you could receive compensation for include:
- Travel expenses
- Home adjustments
- Medical costs
- Care costs
This list is not extensive so, if you’re unsure what losses you can claim for after a warehouse accident, please contact us for free legal advice. We can inform you of your eligibility to claim and even provide you with a compensation estimate. You can contact us at a time that suits you using the above details.
Those who have grounds to start claims for warehouse injuries could benefit from hiring a solicitor. If you contact our advisors and they find you have a strong case to claim for a warehouse injury, then they could potentially connect you with our No Win No Fee solicitors. Having the support of a No Win No Fee solicitor when making an accident at work claim can bring several financial benefits:
- You won’t typically have to pay your solicitor any upfront fees for them to start working on your claim.
- You usually only pay your solicitor a success fee if your claim proves to be a success. This is a small, legally capped percentage from your compensation to cover their legal fees.
- If your claim is unsuccessful, you are not usually expected to pay your solicitor’s legal fees.
Contact our advisors today to find out more about warehouse injury report claims and No Win No Fee solicitors.
If you are ready to claim for a warehouse accident resulting in an injury, such as warehouse manual handling injuries, then call Accident Claims UK now on 0800 073 8801.
Once we know a little about your accident, we will offer you some free legal advice on what we believe your next legal step should be.
Below, we’ve included some more useful guides and resources on accident at work claims and warehouse accidents.
- How Much Compensation For An Accident At Work Claim? – Now, why not find out how much compensation you could receive after an accident at work?
- A guide to creating a safe warehouse – a guide to maintaining a safe warehouse, published by the UK Health & Safety Executive
- A guide to factory accident claims – if you’ve suffered an injury while working in a factory, such as cutting yourself on a defective machine, this guide offers advice ont he criteria for claiming compensation.
- If you’d like to see more accident at work compensation examples, head here. You can also find useful information on the eligibility criteria and how to work with our No Win No Fee solicitors.
- You can also view our guide with advice on the requirements and potential payouts for logistics accidents claims.