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Home > News > Accident compensation for injury in fork lift truck accident

9th August 2010

Accident compensation for injury in fork lift truck accident

Although the defendant, the employer, admitted some liability for our client’s injuries following this forklift truck accident, our specialist accident at work lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings in order to obtain a satisfactory sum in accident compensation. However, some time before the trial date, they were able to negotiate an acceptable sum of almost £100,000 in work accident compensation.

Breaching the employer’s duty of care

Our accident compensation lawyers argued that this serious accident had arisen because of breaches to several regulations that apply to the workplace. These included breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999.

The defendant had been negligent in allowing pedestrians and forklift trucks to share the same narrow and congested aisle in the workplace, and failing to provide separate pathways. In addition, the forklift truck was in a poor state of repair and was not fitted with a functioning reversing alarm, which would have warned our client of its movements.

Work accident

Our client had been standing in the pathway discussing work issues with a colleague and when he turned to walk away, was struck by the forklift truck. It knocked him to the ground and ran over him.

Fork lift truck injury

Our client’s injuries following this accident at work were severe. He was immediately taken to hospital, where he was examined, x-rayed, and underwent emergency surgery to repair the worst of his injuries.

His injuries included several fractures in his leg, crushing to muscles in his leg, and a broken pelvis. Although he has made a good recovery from some of these injuries, he has been left with mobility issues and will continue to be at a disadvantage in the labour market.

An element of his substantial compensation will be to offset his loss of earnings through being unable to secure employment of similar income.

Making a claim for work accident compensation

Should you decide to instruct Clear Answers to represent you in your claim for personal injury compensation, our teams of specialist injury at work lawyers are waiting to help you. Whether it was the result of negligence on the part of your employer, or some other cause, we have extensive experience in all types of work accident compensation claims.

Our personal injury lawyers will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, talk you through the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in these circumstances, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our on-line accident compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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