Warehouse Accident Claims
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Warehouses can be inherently dangerous places to work. This doesn’t mean that you should simply accept the risk to yourself and your co-workers, however. Your employer has a statutory duty of care to ensure the health and safety of all of their staff.
If you have suffered a warehouse accident and it wasn’t your fault, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our accident claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
Common Reasons Why Warehouse Accident Claims Happen
Many jobs involve some lifting, but it is important that this is done correctly and that no-one is asked to lift more than they can manage safely. If your job involves lifting heavy objects, it is vital that you are trained in how to do this without injury. If your employer does not provide this training or if you are expected to lift objects that you cannot carry safely and you receive a lifting injury, your employer may be liable. Lifting injuries are mostly injuries to the back and spine, although you may also experience pain in the arms, shoulders, hips or legs.
Injuries From Machinery:
Many warehouses also have machinery including lifting equipment and packaging equipment. If this is not correctly maintained, a wide range of injuries can result. These could include crush injuries from a body part being trapped between two moving parts, burns from machinery that has become overheated or cuts from damaged surfaces that have become sharp. Even correctly maintained equipment can be dangerous if you are not sufficiently trained in the use of it. It is your employer’s responsibility to make sure that the equipment is properly maintained and that you have regular, appropriate training for any equipment you are required to use. If this has not been done, you may be eligible for compensation for your warehouse accident.
Slips, Trips and Falls:
Even in a busy warehouse, it is reasonable to expect that most areas are kept clear and tidy and free of trip hazards. Any hazards that are unavoidable must be made highly visible to help you to avoid an accident, for example by the presence of a bright ‘Wet Floor’ sign. If these expectations are not met and you fall and injure yourself as a result, this could be the responsibility of your employer and you may be able to make a work injury claim. Similarly, if there is a ledge or drop you could fall off, it is the responsibility of your employer to put up signage or some form of guard rail or protection if appropriate. Falls from a height can cause life changing injuries and it is important that your employer takes their responsibility in this area seriously. If your injury could have been prevented, you may be entitled to compensation.
Warehouses are a particularly hazardous working environment and forklift injuries are relatively common and can be very serious. Many severe forklift injuries are the result of pressure being applied to drivers to work more quickly than is safe and thus overloading the forklift or driving too fast, leading to the machine tipping over. Alternatively, a noisy environment can mean that workers are unable to hear an approaching forklift and are unable to avoid being struck by it. Almost all forklift accidents occur at work and your employer must be able to prove that they had taken every precaution to keep you safe. If you have been involved in a forklift accident, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our claims form to discuss your case and find out whether you are able to make an accident at work claim.
Many workplaces can be very noisy, but your employer must take steps to protect your hearing. A loss of hearing can lead to you becoming isolated, as conversations become more difficult to follow and travel may seem more difficult as you cannot hear approaching traffic.
How Do I Make A Warehouse Accident Claim?
Making a warehouse accident claim is similar to making any other personal injury claim, although it can be made slightly easier by the statutory duty of care that your employer has for your safety. This means that your employer is legally required to look after your health and safety. Because they have this duty of care, it can be easier to prove that they were responsible (this is known as proving liability) than if the accident had taken place in a public place or some other circumstance.
The first step in making a no win no fee warehouse accident claim is to call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form. We will then discuss the details of your case and find out whether we are able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis. If we are not able to offer this, we will discuss alternative funding methods with you to ensure that you are still able to get the help you need in a way that is affordable.
Once you have signed an agreement with us, we are able to act on your behalf. We will write to your employer informing them that you are making a warehouse accident claim. We will ask them to accept that they were at fault and give them a deadline by which they will have to respond. It is worth remembering that all employers are required by law to have insurance to cover any accident at work injuries, so your employer will not be making your compensation payment out of their own pocket. This can make it easier to encourage them to admit liability.
Once your employer has accepted liability for your warehouse accident, we will conduct negotiations on your behalf to agree the amount of compensation you will receive. Although we will deal with all of the correspondence and conversations, you are completely in control of this process. We will pass on all offers made by the other side, and give you an honest opinion based on our years of experience as to whether the offer is fair or not. Often, the insurance company will make a very low offer as their first offer, partly to see whether you will accept it and also to set your expectations lower than you might have been thinking. This is known as a lowball offer. It can be difficult to know how much compensation is fair and reasonable, but we will give you impartial advice throughout the negotiations. Although we are advising you, the final decision as to whether to accept an offer of compensation or not will always rest with you.
If your employer does not accept liability or if it is not possible to agree on an amount of compensation, you may need to go to court to put forward your case. This is very rare, but if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in that position, we will be with you throughout, offering advice, support and assistance.
Could I Lose My Job For Making A Warehouse Accident Claim?
Many people worry that their employer may not be able to afford the compensation they are entitled to following a warehouse accident personal injury claim and are concerned that the company may go bust. There is no need to worry, however, as all employers in the UK are required to have employers liability insurance. This means that any compensation will be paid by your employer’s insurance company, rather than out of the company accounts. This means that you can make a claim for the compensation you are entitled to, without worrying that it might cost yourself and your colleagues their jobs. In fact, many of our clients have said that making a claim has led to their workplace becoming a safer place to be, as their employer starts to take safety much more seriously.
It is also illegal for your employer to take any action against you as a result of you bringing a personal injury claim following an accident at work. This includes making you unemployed. Few employers are keen to face a wrongful dismissal case so soon after paying out compensation for your work injury claim.
What If I Can’t Afford To Make A Warehouse Accident Claim?
We recognise that the period after any injury is likely to be financially difficult and we don’t want a lack of funds to be a barrier to you being able to obtain justice. As a result, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to the majority of our clients. This allows you to receive our expert help in making your warehouse accident claim following your accident without the risk of financial hardship. We also cap our fees as a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you will always receive the lion’s share of your compensation payment to put towards your future life.
If you have been injured in a warehouse accident and it wasn’t your fault, you are likely to be eligible for compensation. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our claims for to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.