Accident At Work Claims

Warehouse Accident Claims

If you work in a warehouse, you’ll know that they can be potentially dangerous places. Your employer has a duty to protect you from potential risks at work, but if they failed to do this and you were injured as a consequence, we could help you make a compensation claim.

Our lawyers have a proven track record of success with workplace accident claims and have secured more than £1 billion in compensation for our clients over the past two years.

We can help you make a claim following injuries which have been caused by:

If you’ve been injured in a warehouse accident, you might have financial uncertainties because you’ve had to take time off work, in addition to recovering from your injuries. We can guide you through this difficult time and could help you claim compensation to pay for medical care, rehabilitation and other expenses.

Our warehouse accident solicitors could help you claim on a No Win No Fee basis*, meaning that you wouldn’t need to pay any legal fees in the event that your claim is unsuccessful.

To find out more about making a warehouse accident claim, contact our team today for a free initial consultation.

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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your accident at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our lawyers will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals and health and safety specialists. These experts will analyse why your accident happened and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future and any precautions that need to be implemented in your workplace.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Read more about what happens if your case goes to court.

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • Compensation can make a real difference to your life, ensuring that you can access the healthcare and support to make the best recovery you can. By making a claim with us, we can get you funds which can help pay for:

      • Private healthcare treatment
      • Physiotherapy
      • Psychological therapy
      • Expenses (such as travel costs to hospital appointments)
      • Loss of income
      • Household adaptations

      The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and the likelihood that you’ll make a full recovery. We’ll seek expert opinions on what care you’ll need to ensure that the compensation we claim will be sufficient.

      If your employer accepts responsibility for your accident, we could help you get early compensation payments. Often known as interim payments, these funds will be taken from your final settlement and can help pay for ongoing care costs and expenses, before your claim has settled.

    • Who Can Make A Claim?
    • We could help you make a claim if you’ve been injured in a warehouse accident, including if you’re an employee, contractor, member of the public or a warehouse visitor.

      Even if you’re a casual worker or consider yourself to be self-employed, you might still be considered as an employee under UK law, giving you the same rights as other workers when it comes to health and safety.

      If you’re an agency worker who has been injured in a warehouse accident, both the agency you work for and the operatives of the warehouse should take responsibility for your safety. They should work together to make sure that precautions are in place to protect you.

      We can also help with claims being made on behalf of others including:

      • On behalf of a child who has been in an accident before their 18th birthday
      • For someone who doesn’t have the mental capacity to handle their own case
      • On behalf of a loved one who has unfortunately passed away

      If you’ve sadly lost a loved one in a warehouse accident, we can help you with:

      • Recovering compensation for their pain and suffering, to account for financial losses caused by their death and to cover funeral expenses
      • Representing you at inquest
      • Getting you the answers and apology you deserve from those responsible

      Our lawyers could also help you access a statutory bereavement award, a flat rate of £12,980 which is provided when a wrongful death has occurred. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if under 18) of the person who died.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years to make a claim from the date of your accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

      • Under 18s – you can claim on behalf of a child who was on work experience or working part-time. No time limits apply in these circumstances until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18 they can make their own claim but the three year time limit will then apply.
      • Mental capacity – you can make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to do so themselves, including when someone has suffered a serious head/brain injury as a result of their accident. In these circumstances, no time limits apply.
      • Fatal claims – if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who died, you’ll either have three years from the date of their death or the date of the accident to make a claim.

      If you have any concerns about the time limits for claiming compensation, we’ll be able to talk through your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your claim, we’ll discuss the funding options available, advising you which we think is the most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI), or can access support through trade union membership, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household and car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Meet Our Experts
    • We have experienced solicitors are based across the country and specialise in helping people to claim compensation after accidents at work. We know the issues that you and your loved ones may be facing, and we can answer all of your questions in plain English.

      As well as helping you claim compensation, we can also help with your rehabilitation and recovery. If you can’t work because of your injuries, then we can also advise you on benefit entitlement and arrange for the best possible support to help you recover.

      Having helped many other clients who were injured in warehouse accidents, we can use our experience to get a positive outcome for you and your family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Are Warehouse Accidents Caused?

There are many things that can cause injuries in a warehouse, most of which are avoidable if the correct precautions are in place. We could help you make a claim for compensation if you were injured because of the following:

  • Slips, trips and falls – these can be caused when waste and tools are left out, when liquids are spilt and not cleared away and when signs aren’t present to mark hazards.
  • Falling objects – there’s a particular risk of this happening when goods are stacked too high on pallets, causing them to become unstable. Objects can also fall if they’re left on scaffolding and if forklift trucks aren’t loaded correctly.
  • Falls from height (scaffolding and ladders) – work at height is often necessary in warehouses to stack or remove goods from high places. This should only be undertaken by workers with the correct training.
  • Manual handling – injuries can be caused by bad technique and by trying to lift items which are too heavy. Assistive equipment should be provided where necessary and risk assessments should be performed before any manual handling. You should be informed about the best methods of lifting and handling goods.
  • Forklift trucks – drivers should be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), forklifts shouldn’t be operated in pedestrian areas unless marked and the trucks should only be operated by trained individuals.
  • Electric shock and electrocution – injuries and fatalities can be caused if defective electrical products are used, if sockets are overloaded or short circuit (instigating flash burns), or if you come into contact with live components.
  • Defective equipment – training should be provided in order to make sure that equipment is used correctly. Items should be inspected before use to check for faults and should be maintained as well as possible, being replaced when signs of wear are present.

Your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work, eliminating known risk factors which could cause injuries. To find out more about making a claim, contact us on 0800 056 4110.

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What Health And Safety Procedures Should Have Been In Place?

In order to prevent warehouse accidents, your employer should follow guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). To protect you, risk assessments should be carried out to identify and eliminate and possible dangers. Your employer should also follow some specific steps, these include:

  • Identifying potential hazards – your employer should check manufacturers’ instructions, look through past accident and ill-health records, consider non-standard operations (e.g. maintenance work) and think about longer-term hazards which could affect you and other workers (e.g. noise exposure).
  • Deciding who could be harmed and how – your individual requirements should be acknowledged (e.g. disabilities and language needs), your employer should consider any risks which could cause harm to visitors or contractors who’ll be on site and they should also ask you and other workers for your opinions.
  • Evaluating potential risks and devising precautions – your employer should try to get rid of hazards where possible and if not, they should organise ways to reduce your exposure to hazards and consider less risky options.
  • Recording findings – this isn’t necessary if your workplace has less than five employees. Risk assessments should normally be conducted by your employer to show that a proper check was made, that they talked to those of you who could be affected, to prove that they dealt with significant hazards and made reasonable precautions.
  • Reviewing risk assessments and updating if necessary – as warehouses often introduce new equipment and procedures, different hazards are introduced. Your employer should review their processes regularly and when looking back at past risk assessments, they should consider significant changes, potential improvements, whether workers have spotted a problem and consider any near misses that may have happened.

According to regulations, your employer doesn’t need a health and safety expert to complete risk assessments, but it’s essential that a trained person considers any hazards or risks that could harm you.

If you’ve been injured because health and safety guidelines weren’t followed, we could help could help you make a compensation claim. To find out more, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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What If I Was Partially Responsible For My Warehouse Accident?

You could still make a claim even if you were partly to blame for your warehouse accident. When multiple parties are to blame for an accident, responsibility can be “split” and any compensation will be divided accordingly. This can be called “split liability” or “contributory negligence”.

When we gather evidence for your case, we’ll establish whether you were responsible for the accident. Using this information, we’ll establish how much compensation we think you should receive and will present our findings to your opponent. If we can’t come to an agreement your case will go to court where the judge will decide the overall value of your claim.

You might have been in a warehouse accident that was caused by you, but only because you hadn’t been given adequate training. If this is the case, responsibility won’t be shared but will lie in the hands of your employer because it’s their duty to provide training.

The extent of your responsibility is normally expressed as a percentage, for example 75/25 liability would mean that you’re 25% to blame for the accident and will receive 75% of your compensation.

If you think you have a warehouse accident claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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