Have you been involved in a pallet accident? Did this accident cause you to be injured? Did the accident occur as the result of negligence? If you’ve answered “yes” to all of these questions, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
There are a number of different scenarios in which you could sustain this kind of injury. For example, you could have been involved in an accident at work. In order to claim, you will need to show that the accident happened because of a breach of duty of care. We will look at the situations in which you’re owed a duty of care later on in this guide.
If you are interested in making a claim, we can help. Our advisors can provide you with free legal advice and assess whether you have grounds to claim. If you do have a valid claim, we can connect you to a solicitor from our panel who could represent you. To find out more or to start the claims process today, get in touch by:
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Pallets are a structure used to store, handle and transport loads and goods. They can be used in spaces where this is required, for example, construction sites, supermarkets, factories and warehouses.
Pallet accidents can happen in a number of different ways. While this guide will focus on claiming for a pallet accident in work that was caused by employer negligence, you could also be involved in an accident like this in a public place such as a supermarket.
If this is the case, you may still be able to claim. This is because the party in control of the public space owes you a duty of care according to the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
If you have been injured in a pallet accident that you believe to have been caused by negligence, speak to our advisors today for free legal advice. You can also read on for more information on the duty of care that your employer owes you.
In the workplace, your employer is bound by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This sets out the duty of care that they owe you and states that they need to take all reasonably practicable steps to keep you safe in work. If they breach this duty of care, and you’re injured in a pallet accident as a result, you could claim.
Some of the things that employers are expected to do to ensure your safety include:
- Practicing good housekeeping, such as by mopping up spillages or signposting uneven surfaces in a timely manner
- Carrying out risk assessments so that hazards can be identified and removed (if a particular hazard can’t be removed, then it should be reduced as much as practicable)
- Providing appropriate and suitable personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Training their employees so that they can carry out their role safely
If a breach of this duty of care leads directly to you being injured, you might be able to claim. To find out more, speak to an advisor today to see if you might be able to claim.
Examples of accidents that could occur involving pallets include:
- Slip and fall incidents as a result of a pallet obstructing a walkway
- Unsafe loads being poorly stacked and falling over, hitting someone as they do
- A pallet breaking as something is being transported by crane, resulting in the load falling and hitting someone on the head, causing a head injury
- A failure to designate walkways in a warehouse could see a colleague run over your foot.
It’s important to reiterare that you can only claim compensation for injuries that happen because of negligence. For example, if your employer had taken all practicable steps to ensure that the pallets were fit for use but one broke and caused injury despite this, you would be unable to claim.
If you have been injured as a result of your employer’s negligence, or the negligence of an occupier, you may have a claim. Speak to an advisor for free legal advice related to your pallet accident.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are the independant regulator for workplace health and safety in Great Britain. One element of their work includes providing workplace safety statistics in the UK.
According to the HSE’s statistics on non-fatal injuries at work reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, there were 51,211 non-fatal workplace injuries in 2020/21.
5,117 of these related to being struck by a moving, flying or falling object. 177 invovled someone being trapped by something that collapsed or overturned. The most common kind of reported accident in this time period were slips, trips and falls on one level with 16,698 injuries reported.
It is important to note that these statistics do not specifically relate to accidents involvinf pallets. However, these are all accidents that have the potential to be caused by this type of hazard.
If you’ve been hurt as a result of negligence and you would like an advisor to assess your claim, speak to us today about your pallet accident.
In order to be awarded compensation, it’s important that you’re able to prove your workplace injury claim. Without proof, you’re unlikely to receive compensation. There are certain steps you can take to collect evidence in support of your case.
Whenever injury occurs as a result of an accident, you should always seek medical attention first. This is key for your health and safety. In addition to this, reporting your injuries to a doctor will generate medical reports that can be used to support your claim. .
After this, you can start the process of collecting evidence. You might want to
- Photographs of the scene of the accident as well as your injuries
- CCTV footage showing how the accident happened
- Contact details from witnesses at the scene of the accident so that they can make a statement later
You may also be invited to attend a medical examination. Here, a doctor who is independent of the case will assess the extent of your injuries and confirm that they’re consistent with the accident you were in.
You can also seek legal advice. Claiming can be daunting, and you might find that the guidance and support of a solicitor could help you navigate the process of seeking compensation.
Our advisors will help assess your claim and can connect you with a solicitor from our panel. Get in touch today for free legal advice.
Please be advised that when you’re awarded compensation, there are two potential heads of claim: general damages and special damages. General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
The Judicial College Guidelines is a publication that is used to help value claims, alongside the medical report from your independant assessment. We have included some excerpts from these guidelines below. They’re based on previous compensation awards that have been made.
|Nature of incident
|Very severe brain damage
|Injuries of this severity will result in little if any meaningful environmental response, no language function, and a need for full-time care
|£264,650 to £379,100
|Moderate brain damage (ii)
|A moderate to modest deficit of intellect and a greatly reduced, if not removed, ability to work
|£85,150 to £140,870
|Loss of one eye
|Settlement award will consider age, psychological effect and psychiatric impact
|£51,460 to £61,690
|Traumatic injury to the chest that impairs function and reduces life expectancy
|£61,710 to £94,470
|Severe damage and pain/discomfort that is ongoing
|£40,370 to £58,100
|Minor neck injury (i)
|Where a full recovery takes place within one to two years
|£4,080 to £7,410
|Moderate back injury (ii)
|Muscle and ligament disturbance, soft tissue injuries and/or acceleration of a pre-existing injury.
|£11,730 to £26,050
|Serious shoulder injury
|Dislocation of the shoulder or damage to the lower brachial plexus causing pain in the neck and shoulder, aching in the elbow and weakness of grip.
|£11,980 to £18,020
|Severe injuries to the hips and pelvis (i)
|Extensive fractures causing issues like ruptures to the bladder or dislocation of a joint in the lower back
|£73,580 to £122,860
|Less severe elbow injury
|Where function is impaired but there’s no need for major surgery and no significant disability
|£14,690 to £30,050
Special damages compensate you for monetary losses that you have sustained as a result of your pallet accident. This could include lost wages, travel fees and the cost of medical care like physiotherapy.
It is a good idea to hold onto payslips and receipts in order to support your claim for special damages. You may not get the full amount of compensation you are entitled to without proof.
One of our advisors will be able to assess whether or not your claim is valid and, if it is, could connect you with a solicitor from our panel. Get in touch today to find out more.
If you would like to start a claim for your pallet accident, you may be interested in funding the work of a solicitor with a No Win No Fee agreement. This is an agreement that outlines the conditions that need to be met before you’re expected to pay your lawyer.
If you win your claim, a small percentage will be deducted from your settlement by your solicitor. This fee is legally capped, entitling you to the majority of the compensation that you receive in the settlement.
However, if your claim is not successful, there’s nothing for you to pay your lawyer at all. Furthermore, there are no upfront or ongoing fees to pay with this kind of agreement in place.
To find out more, speak to us today. Our advisors are on hand 24/7 to provide free legal advice with no obligation whatsoever. They can also connect you to a solicitor from our panel. To find out more, consider:
- Calling us on 0800 408 7825
- Use our live chat feature which you can find at the bottom right of this page
- Contacting us directly through the website
Request CCTV footage of yourself — A government guide explaining how to acquire CCTV footage to support your claim.
Pallet safety– Guidance from the HSE.
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) — UK Government resource talking about a benefit you can claim if you are off work without full pay.
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