Warehouse Accident Claims for Compensation
A Short Guide
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Warehouse Accident Claims
Working in a warehouse can be dangerous and warehouse accident claims are quite common due to the unsafe nature of some warehouses and factories. An accident in a warehouse has potential to lead to some very serious injuries, and financial consequences as a result. If you have been injured whilst working in a warehouse, you may be able to make a claim against your employer. Contact Beacon Law today to find out if you have grounds to make a claim on a no win, no fee basis.
Common Causes of Warehouse Accidents
Beacon Law have dealt with a large number of warehouse accident claims, with many different accident causes. Some of the most common types of accidents which have been sustained by warehouse workers include :
- Forklift accidents – Forklift truck accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries in warehouses. Accidents are usually caused as the result of faulty forklift trucks, the inexperience or lack of training for forklift truck operators, manual handling accidents when loading and unloading forklift trucks.
- Slips, trips, and falls – As warehouses are usually very busy places, it is not uncommon for slip and trip accidents to occur as a result of poor housekeeping or other members of staff leaving products and equipment on the floor, posing a hazard to all members of staff.
- Manual handling accidents – manual handling tasks are common in warehouses, and accidents can arise as a result of these tasks for many reasons. Some of the main causes of manual handling injuries include, poor or insufficient training for these types of tasks, failure to complete a proper risk assessment, or lack of lifting equipment to carry out manual handling tasks.
- Dangerous substances and poor working conditions – these can cause long term health issues for many warehouse workers. Other dangerous substances may cause injuries such as burn injuries.
- Accidents caused by defective equipment or machinery – Defective equipment and machinery can lead to an many types of warehouse accidents. The most common examples include, employees getting their hands stuck in machines due to faulty or inadequate finger guards, burn or electric shock injuries from using faulty, unsafe, electrical equipment, or falls from height due to faulty ladders.
- Accidents caused by falling objects – the unsafe storage of items in a warehouse, unsafe practices and a lack of PPE can lead to many types of injuries, such as head and brain injuries.
- Accidents caused by a lack of PPE – PPE, such as gloves and hats are required for many warehouse work tasks. If an employer fails to provide PPE, they put their employees at risk of sustaining serious injuries in the workplace.
What You Should Do after a Warehouse Accident
If you have been involved in an accident during your employment in a warehouse, there are a number of steps which you take do after the accident.
- You should report the accident to the warehouse manager or a supervisor as soon as possible, providing all the details of the accident. You should ensure that the details are recorded in an accident book, make sure all the details are correct, and request a copy of the accident report, if possible.
- Take photographs of the scene of the accident if possible, including the object/ defect which caused your accident, whether it was a defective machine, or something on the ground causing you to trip or fall.
- Record the names and contact details of anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed the accident.
- Seek medical attention for your injuries at hospital or with your G.P. as soon as possible.
- Keep receipts for any expenses incurred as a direct result of the accident.
- Contact Beacon Law to start your claim, or to have a free, no obligation, initial conversation with one of our specialist solicitors.
Warehouse Accident Claims – Your Employer’s Duty of Care
Your employer has a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 ,and many other regulations, to provide a safe working environment for all employees. Failure to comply with these regulations will often lead to accidents at work. Your employer’s obligations include a duty to:
- Provide a safe place of work, which is free from hazards or defects.
- Provide adequate training to all members of staff.
- Carry out a full risk assessment of the workplace. In warehouses which employ more than 5 people, a written version of the risk assessment should be produced.
- Undertake an adequate risk assessment for tasks carried out in the factory.
- Explain all risks and precautions which should be taken to all employees.
- For manual handling tasks, a risk assessment should be carried out and lifting equipment may be required.
- Provide safe working equipment and personal protective equipment to all staff.
Making a Warehouse Accident Claim Against Your Employer
It is completely normal to have concerns when making a claim for compensation against your employer. You may be concerned about your employer treating you differently or ending your employment because you have decided to make a claim against them. Your employer is not permitted to end your employment or treat you unfairly due to the fact that you are making a claim against them.
You employer is required to have employer’s liability insurance in place to cover them for any claims brought against them; so you can rest assured that your compensation will not come directly from your employers pocket.
There is a three-year time limit on settling personal injury claims, so it is important that you initiate your compensation claim as soon as possible. To find out more about the claims process, have a look at this section on our website.
What Can I Recover in a Warehouse Accident Claim?
The compensation for your factory accident claim will be split into general damages and special damages. General damages refers to your injuries and will take into account any pain, suffering, and loss of amenity sustained as a result of your accident.
It is difficult to predict the amount of compensation you will receive from the outset of your claim as we will require more information and evidence on the extent of your injuries.
In most cases, you will be required to attend an appointment with an independent medical expert who will assess your injuries and provide a report based on your injuries. If the medical expert concludes that you will require further treatment for your injuries, such as physiotherapy, we will be able to arrange this on your behalf.
We will value your injuries and negotiate a settlement for your injuries based on the final medical report obtained from the expert. We will use recent case law and Judicial College Guidelines to value your claim.
Special damages refers to any additional losses sustained as a direct result of the accident. These losses can include:
- Loss of earnings
- Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
- Treatment costs
- Additional care and assistance required as a result of the injuries sustained in the warehouse accident.
How Much Will A Warehouse Accident Claim Cost?
At Beacon Law, we work on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. This fee agreement means that as long as you cooperate with us throughout your case and are honest, you will not need to pay any fees if your case is unsuccessful. If you are successful in bringing a claim, our fees will be deducted from your compensation at the end of your case.
Why Choose Beacon Law to Deal with Your Warehouse Accident Claims?
Beacon Law are a specialist firm of personal injury lawyers based in Manchester, providing a friendly and professional service to all clients to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve. We have dealt with a large number of warehouse accident claims, as well as many other types of Employer’s Liability Claims.
If you’ve suffered an injury through an accident on in a warehouse, then contact our specialist personal injury solicitors today for legal advice and assistance on making a claim.
Beacon Law are a highly experienced Personal Injury Solicitor’s firm. We can assist you in pursuing a personal injury claim against your employers for a warehouse accident on a no win, no fee basis. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.