Forklift truck injury compensation claim
Levenes Solicitors have settled a claim for a client involving a reversing forklift truck that ran over his foot. He suffered a fracture of the foot and had to have surgery.
Employers may be liable for acts and negligence of employees
Our client was working in a warehouse where delivery items were being loaded on to lorries in cages. Upon noticing that a cage was about to be loaded on to the wrong lorry he intervened. A forklift truck driver did not notice him and reversed this truck over our client’s foot.
In a warehouse where forklift trucks are regularly used, an employer must ensure that there is proper system in place for the separation of pedestrians and vehicular traffic so that there is safe means of access from A to B. Also, they must ensure that employees who operate forklift trucks are competent with relevant certificates and training.
Primary Liability Admitted & Contributory Negligence
Upon investigating the matter, the compensating insurers accepted primary liability, i.e. that they were responsible for our client’s accident, but, alleged that our client had contributed to the accident by walking into an area not intended for pedestrians.
When an allegation of contributory negligence is raised, it must be proved by the party that raises it, in this case our client’s employer/compensating insurers. We pressed the compensating insurers for evidence, in particular CCTV footage to prove their point but, no evidence was produced. Therefore, we advised our client to reject the allegations against him.
We obtained medical evidence to value his claim. We settled the claim on a 100% basis for £20,000.
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Claim compensation after a forklift truck accident
If you have been involved in an accident at work involving a forklift and sustained injuries, our solicitors have a wealth of experienced in dealing with forklift injury compensation claims.
You will need expert advice on what action you can take to obtain accident compensation. You can trust in the experience and knowledge of our team of professional forklift injury lawyers to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.