Warehouse Accident Claims
Suffering an illness or injury while working in a warehouse can have a major detrimental impact on your life and ability to carry out your normal daily activities. If your injury is due to an accident that was caused by your employer failing to comply with health and safety regulations, you have every right to expect to be compensated. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers has vast experience in successfully negotiating claims for compensation for victims of warehouse accidents across a variety of industries.
A warehouse can be a dangerous place to work if the correct safety procedures are not followed by both the employer and employees alike. Potential hazards within a warehouse environment include being hit by objects falling from shelving, slipping on spillages, accidents involving forklift trucks and manual handling related injuries. Of course, there are many other potential accidents that could occur within the workplace.
Your employer has a legal duty of care to ensure that your working environment is safe and free from unnecessary risks to you and all staff. If this duty of care is breached and you suffer an illness or injury as a result, it is likely that you would have a valid work accident compensation claim. Contact our experienced solicitors today to see how much you could claim for your individual case.
Am I eligible to make a claim for a warehouse accident?
There are a number of causes for accidents in warehouses and factories, as these environments pose a multitude of risks to employees. To be considered as having a valid claim, you will need to meet the three basic requirements, which are as follows:
- did you accident occur within the last three years?
- was the accident caused by your employer’s negligence?
- did this accident result in you sustaining a personal injury?
To be eligible to make a claim against your employer for the injuries you have suffered, you must be able to answer yes to each of the above questions.
Proving that your employer was at fault for your accident is usually the most difficult of these to answer, as you may not be sure who was to blame. But don’t worry if you are not sure, as our solicitors will be able to assess the circumstances of your accident during a free claim assessment.
Common causes of accidents in warehouses
As mentioned above, working in a warehouse can pose a number of potential risks whenever health and safety regulations are not observed. The type of accidents that workers can fall victim to is therefore extremely varied. Here we will explore a few of the most common accident types that we have experience of dealing with:
Slips, trips and falls
Injuries caused by slips, trips or falls are the most common accidents that we deal with on behalf of warehouse workers. These accidents can result in minor injuries such as cuts and bruising, through to serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries and spinal damage. Within a warehouse setting there are many possible causes of slips, trips and falls, such as:
- slipping on oil that has leaked from forklift trucks and other machinery
- tripping on packaging such as cardboard boxes and strapping that has not been stored or discarded properly
- slips on spilt liquids such as water, paint and oils
- tripping over pallets and goods that have not been stored properly
- slipping over on clear plastic packaging
Being hit by falling objects
If products on warehouse shelving are not stacked correctly, they can fall and pose a risk of injury to any workers below. One of the most common causes of these type of accidents involves the use of forklift trucks. The driver may knock goods off shelving or drop unsecured items from pallets during transit.
Any item falling from a height can cause serious injuries to workers. Whether the item hits you on the head or lands on your foot, an accident such as this can be life changing.
Exposure to hazardous substances
Working in a warehouse can expose you to many different chemicals, oils and other hazardous substances that can put your health at risk if they are not dealt with appropriately. If you are likely to be exposed to dangerous substances, your employer is legally obliged to ensure that you are offered adequate training and safety equipment. If these basic health and safety requirements are not observed, it can pose a significant risk of injury and illness.
Accidents caused by faulty equipment
Many employees will use equipment to carry out their job role, whether this is a forklift truck, a waste compactor or a packaging machine. Employers have a duty of care to ensure that any equipment within the workplace is safe to use and fit for purpose. They must also ensure that employees are provided with sufficient training to be able to use any equipment without the risk of sustaining an injury.
If you are injured at work due to faulty equipment or machinery that has not been properly maintained, you would most likely be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Manual handling accidents
Most job roles within a warehouse environment will involve some degree of manual handling. Whether this is lifting, pushing or carrying goods, these tasks can pose a risk of injury if not carried out correctly and in according with the correct health and safety standards.
Under the Manual Handling Operations Regulation 1992, all employers must take steps to protect their employees from the risk of injuries caused by manual handling. The steps that should be taken by employers include the following:
- conducting risk assessments for any manual handling tasks to assess the risks involved
- eliminating manual handling work that is not essential
- providing access to lifting equipment and machinery to aid manual handling where necessary.
Whatever the type of accident you have had, if you believe that somebody else was at fault, you could have a valid claim for workplace compensation. To find out if our injury lawyers can help, get in touch today to discuss the circumstances of your accident. We will offer you a free consultation to evaluate your case, which is provided without any obligation or pressure to proceed.
If I win my claim, how much compensation will I receive?
To win your case, your solicitor will need to demonstrate that your employer was responsible for your warehouse accident and that in breaching their duty of care it resulted in you suffering an injury. If this claim is successful, the level of compensation you are entitled to will then be negotiated between your solicitor and the defendant (i.e. the solicitor working on behalf of your employer or their insurance company).
Compensation for personal injury claims is broken down into two distinct parts – general damages and special damages. General damages are based on the type and severity of injury sustained. Special damages are a secondary award based on the financial losses that have resulted from your accident and injury. This includes any loss of earnings, medical costs and taxi fares to hospital appointment for example.
You can rest assured that we will always strive to obtain the highest compensation award possible to help you get back on your feet.
Benefits of using InjuryClaims.co.uk
If you have been the victim of an accident that was somebody else’s fault, you will want to make sure that the firm of solicitors you choose to instruct will be the best people for the job. We work with some of the best injury solicitors from around the country, and provide our clients with the following benefits:
- A free case assessment service to find out if you have a valid claim
- A 100% no win, no fee service – if we cannot win your claim, you will not pay us a penny.
- Solicitors with experience and knowledge of work accident claims
- A focus and commitment to achieving the maximum possible compensation
- Solicitors available in cities and towns throughout the UK
It is important to remember that there are strict time limits for making a claim. If you have had an accident that was not your fault, we would therefore encourage you to contact us today. We can let you know within minutes if you have a valid case, and you will be able to ask any questions that you might have.