How To Claim For Pallet Truck Accidents And Injuries

If you work in a warehouse setting, pallet truck accidents and injuries could occur for various reasons. In some cases, you may be eligible to begin a personal injury claim following an accident at work. However, there are certain criteria that need to be met. We will explore these in more detail throughout our guide.

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When Could You Claim For Pallet Truck Accidents And Injuries?

Additionally, we will explore how pallet truck accidents could occur and the steps an employer can take to prevent them.

Furthermore, we will discuss the steps you can take if you become injured in the workplace, including gathering evidence and seeking legal advice.

We will also examine what your settlement could consist of and the factors that can be taken into consideration when valuing how much compensation you’re owed following an accident at work.

Finally, this guide will explain the benefits of working with a solicitor under a No Win No Fee arrangement as well as the services they could offer.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our advisors. They are available 24 hours a day to give you free advice pertaining to your potential workplace injury claim.

You can reach them by:

  • Calling on 0800 408 7825
  • Using the live-chat box at the bottom of the page
  • Filling out our contact form

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How To Claim For Pallet Truck Accidents And Injuries

To make a personal injury claim following a workplace accident, you need to prove negligence occurred. This involves an employer breaching the duty of care they owed you and causing you physical or psychological harm as a result.

As per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe a duty of care to their employees. As such, they must take steps considered both reasonable and practical as a way to prevent them from becoming injured at work or while carrying out their duties.

Examples of the steps they could take include:

  • Ensure they address any hazards that they become aware of in the workspace.
  • Provide employees with training and information about health and safety in the workplace. 
  • Establish arrangements to ensure the safe handling, transport, and storage of all articles.
  • Maintain equipment at work to ensure it is safe for its intended purpose.

A failure to do so could lead to an accident involving a pallet truck which causes harm. for which you could seek personal injury compensation.

Workplace Injury Claim Time Limits

Generally, there is a three-year time limit in place for beginning a personal injury claim. This can begin from the date of the accident or your injury. This is set out in the Limitation Act 1980.

However, there are some exceptions to these limitations which may be relevant to your case. Contact our advisors using the contact details above to learn more about the limitation period.

What Are Pallet Truck Accidents And Injuries?

Pallet trucks are flat, often wooden structures used as a base for storing, stacking, and transporting goods. This kind of equipment can be used in warehouses to transport stock from one area to another.

They can present several risks, such as if the equipment is faulty or if stock is not stacked correctly, it could lead to stock falling from the pallet truck and causing injuries to those navigating the truck.

Employers can carry out regular risk assessments and maintain equipment regularly to ensure it is safe for use. Additionally, they can provide adequate training to employees to ensure the equipment is being used correctly.

A failure to do so could result in the following pallet truck accidents and injuries:

  • The pallet truck’s wheels have not been properly maintained, causing the vehicle to veer out of control. It crashes into a large shelving unit which falls on the employee operating it. Their arm is crushed under the weight.
  • A new employee has started working at the warehouse and has been tasked by the employer to operate a pallet truck. However, due to receiving inadequate training, the employee loses control of the pallet truck and hits another employee, who sustains a minor back injury.

How Common Are Pallet Truck Accidents?

Employer’s have a responsibility to report certain accidents and injuries under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can collate these reports into useful workplace accident statistics. As per these statistics, it was found that in 2021/22 in the manufacturing industry:

  • 56 people were trapped by something overturning or collapsing in the workplace.
  • 1,347 people were injured by contact with moving machinery in the workplace.
  • 1,527 people were struck by moving objects in the workplace.
  • 2,163 people were injured while lifting, carrying or handling.

To discuss your specific accident and find out whether you could be eligible to begin a claim following an accident at work, please get in touch using the number above.

Evidence Supporting Pallet Truck Accident Claims

To support your personal injury claim, you should collect as much evidence as possible to prove that employer negligence occurred. There are various kinds of evidence you could collect and different ways you could access it, for example, you could:

  • Request CCTV footage of the accident.
  • Take photographs of the accident site and your injury.
  • Seek medical help and request any medical records.
  • Keep a diary of any appointments you have attended, as well as your mental and physical state.
  • Take down the contact information of any potential witnesses.

If you need any assistance collecting evidence to support your case, the injury at work solicitors from our panel can help. Contact our advisors using the details above to find out more about how a solicitor could help.

Payouts For Accident At Work Claims

If your personal injury claim is successful, you may be awarded a settlement comprising compensation for the way your injuries have affected your quality of life as well as the emotional and physical pain and suffering they have caused you. This is awarded under general damages.

The figures in the table below are from the Judicial College Guidelines, a document solicitors can use to help them when valuing your injuries. It contains award brackets, some of which have been included in the table below. However, these are only guidelines and are not reflective of what you will receive if your case succeeds.

Compensation Table

Injury Type Level Of Severity Additional Details Value – Guidelines
Head Injury Very Severe (a) The person needs full-time care. £282,010 to £403,990
Head Injury Moderately Severe (b) The injured person has a very serious disability that is either physical or cognitive. £219,070 to £282,010
Wrist Injury Significant (b) Despite a significant and permanent disability, the person still has some movement that’s useful. £24,500 to £39,170
Wrist Injury Less Severe (c) Whilst injuries are less severe, there is still some permanent disability such as a degree of pain and stiffness that continues. £12,590 to £24,500
Arm Injury Permanent And Substantial Disability (b) One or both forearms sustain a serious fracture. There is a permanent and significant disability which is either functional or cosmetic. £39,170 to £59,860
Arm Injury Simple (d) A simple forearm fracture. £6,610 to £19,200
Hand Injury Severe Fractures To Fingers (f) Injuries may result in partial amputations and deformity. Up to £36,740
Hand Injury Less Serious (g) A severe crush injury that causes function to be impaired significantly. £14,450 to £29,000
Foot Injury Moderate (f) Displaced metatarsal fractures that cause ongoing issues and deformity. £13,740 to £24,990
Foot Injury Modest (g) Simple metatarsal fractures, puncture wounds, ruptured ligaments and similar injuries that cause ongoing symptoms. Up to £13,740

How Special Damages Could Also Compensate You

Your settlement could also include compensation for the monetary losses you have experienced due to your injuries. This is awarded under special damages and can cover the cost of:

  • Domestic care.
  • Medical care.
  • Travel to and from medical appointments.
  • Loss of earnings.

You should provide evidence of these losses in the form of receipts, payslips and invoices. This can help support your claim for special damages.

If you have further questions about how much compensation you might be entitled to receive for pallet truck accidents and injuries, contact our advisors using the contact details above.

Get Advice On How To Claim Compensation

Whilst it’s not a legal requirement to work with a solicitor when making your claim, doing so can offer several benefits. For example, they can help you:

  • Gather evidence to support your claim
  • Value your settlement
  • Ensure your case is brought forward in full and within the relevant timeframe

The solicitors from our panel can also offer you a certain type of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement.

Under the terms of this contract, you typically:

  • Will not owe your solicitor any upfront fees for their services.
  • Do not have to pay any ongoing costs to your solicitor for their work as your case proceeds.
  • Will not have to pay your solicitor for the work they have done on your case should it be unsuccessful.

If your case wins, a success fee will be paid to your solicitor. This is taken from your compensation, but the percentage they can take is capped under The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, so you cannot be overcharged.

Speak to one of our advisors about working with a solicitor on your personal injury claim. You can reach them by:

  • Calling on 0800 408 7825
  • Using the live-chat box at the bottom of the page
  • Filling out our contact form

Learn More About Pallet Truck Accidents And Injuries

For more information on personal injury claims, you can read more of our guides below:

Additionally, we have provided some more external resources:

For more information on pallet truck accidents and injuries in the workplace and when you could be eligible to begin a personal injury claim for them, contact our advisors today using the contact details above.

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