What Is A Warehouse Accident?
Warehouses are vital workplaces, but they can also be dangerous ones. There are a wide variety of accidents and injuries that can occur and it is essential that your employer takes all necessary care to ensure your safety. If you have suffered an injury working in a warehouse and it wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to make a warehouse accident claim.
Common warehouse accidents include:
- Forklift accidents. Forklift trucks help to make working in a warehouse much more efficient. They can be dangerous, however. Forklift injuries can include those to the driver if the vehicle overbalances or drives too far. It is also possible for those working nearby to be injured as a result of careless or negligent driving.
- Lifting accidents. Lifting heavy objects, especially repetitively, can lead to a wide variety of back, hip and leg injuries. If your employer asks you to lift more than you safely can, or if you are not offered appropriate training to ensure that you are able to lift safely, you may be able to make a warehouse accident claim.
- Slips, trips or falls. Although warehouses can be inherently dangerous places, it is essential that walkways and other areas are kept clear and free from hazards. If your trip or fall injury could have been predicted and prevented, your employer was under an obligation to do so. If they did not take sufficient steps to protect you, you are entitled to compensation for your accident and injuries.
Our Team Is Here To Help!
At Free Legal Justice, we know that your warehouse accident will have been very distressing and stressful. The damage sustained during a warehouse accident is very painful and can take a considerable period to heal. There can also be financial stresses added to this, if you need to take time off work to recover from your warehouse accident. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors want to help.
Many people just like you are put off making a warehouse accident compensation claim by the thought of the stress and hassle of the claims process. Our dedicated warehouse accident claims specialists are here to help. We don’t think that making a claim should be stressful or time-consuming for you, so we take over all of that. We will take over the process of making your claim, leaving you free to concentrate on getting better.
If you are considering making a warehouse accident compensation claim, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
What Should You Do Following A Warehouse Accident?
The most important thing to do after your warehouse accident is to make sure that you are safe from further harm or injury and that you are getting the first aid or medical assistance you require. Once you have made sure that this is the case, there are some steps that you can take, if you feel that this is possible for you, which can help to provide additional evidence to support your warehouse accident compensation claim.
The first thing anyone who has experienced a warehouse accident should do, once they are safe, is to make a written record of what has happened. This should include any details that you can remember. The more detailed your account is, the better it will be as evidence. You should try to include details, even if they seem irrelevant, as they may help you remember more later.
Take Witness Details And Statements
It can also be worth making sure that you have a note of the names and contact details of anyone who might have witnessed your warehouse accident. If there is anyone who can support your description as to what happened, or who can back up your assertion as to who was to blame, this can be an advantage when it comes to making your compensation claim.
Taking photographs and videos of the place where your warehouse accident occurred, and making sure that you have a visual record of any relevant details can also be incredibly helpful. You should only do this if it is safe to do so, and we are happy to assist with this if preferred.
Whilst these can all help to support your claim later, none of them is essential and you are still able to have a successful warehouse accident compensation claim, even if you have not been able to achieve any of them. The most important thing you can do to help guarantee the success of your claim is to call our expert team on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online to see how we can help.
How Much Compensation Is Awarded For Warehouse Accident Claims?
Although it might seem like a simple question, it is not possible to give an accurate estimate of how much compensation your warehouse accident might attract without knowing the details of your case. This is because there are so many different factors which will have an impact. In general, however, compensation claims can be divided into two parts.
Compensation claims can best be thought of in two parts. The first is there to make up for the pain and suffering you have endured, at least as far as this is possible. This follows national guidelines set down by the Judicial College. Under this framework, each injury has a range of compensation and payments for that injury are expected to fall somewhere within that range. The range can be very broad, however, to account for the vast individual differences in each injury.
Special Damages For Warehouse Accident Claims
The rest of your compensation claim is there to minimise the impact that your warehouse accident has had on your life. This is there to help you get your life as close as possible to where it would have been had your warehouse accident not happened. Obviously, money can’t fix everything, but this is there to pay any additional costs you may have incurred. This could include any loss of earnings if you are unable to work as a result of your warehouse accident, and even future loss of potential earnings if you are unable to return to your previous job as a result of your injuries. You are also able to claim for any medical treatment that you have paid for privately if it is difficult to access on the NHS, such as physiotherapy, and also for making modifications to your home or vehicle if this helps you to adjust to any permanent injuries.
Expert help from our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors means that you can be sure that you are claim for all of the expenses you are entitled to. This means that you will have the financial support you need to get your life back on track as quickly as possible.
How Can Free Legal Justice Can Help You With Your Warehouse Accident Claims
We want to make your warehouse accident compensation claim as stress free as possible. We offer a 24/7 service to make sure that you are able to access the help you need when you need it. You can start your warehouse accident compensation claim with a single phone call. We are available for you to call on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or to apply online and have us call you back for free at a time of your choosing.
Our highly trained teams take the time to listen to what has happened to you and ensure that we fully understand the details of your warehouse accident. Over the course of a short conversation, we will ask about the circumstances surrounding your warehouse accident (including who you believe was to blame), the exact nature of your injuries and also the ways in which has impacted your life. This means that we can give you accurate, personalised advice from warehouse accident claims specialists.
Our Team Does All The Paperwork
Our experienced team are also able to complete almost all of the paperwork, admin and forms that are required for your warehouse accident compensation claim. We will write to the person responsible for your warehouse accident making the case for them to accept liability and settle out of court. We will also carry out the negotiations on your behalf. For the few documents that you will need to complete yourself, we are happy to arrange a home visit to help you in the comfort of your own home.
We believe that everyone is entitled to expert legal advice to help with their warehouse accident compensation claim. Call us now to see how easy it can be.
What If I Am Worried About How To Afford My Warehouse Accident Compensation Claim?
We believe that everyone is entitled to the legal help they need to make a warehouse accident compensation claim. The time immediately following your warehouse accident can be difficult, both emotionally and financially, so we don’t believe that you should have to make large, up-front payments or have to put yourself at financial risk to get the compensation you deserve.
If you accept a no win no fee agreement, this allows us to act on your behalf without you having to make any payments at all. We will only be paid once we have obtained the compensation you deserve for you. If we are unsuccessful in your case, you won’t owe us a penny. This is why a no win no fee agreement offers you the best, risk free, way to get expert legal advice. All our fees are explained in advance, and we will only ever take a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you don’t need to worry about our legal fees becoming the largest share of your compensation. You will always receive the vast majority of your payment.
Its NOT always No Win No Fee!
There are a very few situations in which we are unable to offer our services on a no win no fee basis. In the unlikely event that you all into this category, we will discuss the variety of different funding options with you to find the best way for you to get the help you need at a price you can afford.
There is no reason to delay making your warehouse accident compensation claim. If you have suffered a warehouse accident that wasn’t your fault, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today.
What If I Want To Keep Working At The Same Job After Making A Warehouse Accident Compensation Claim?
The short answer to this question is no. Your employer is not allowed to punish you in any way for making a warehouse accident compensation claim. They are not allowed to fire you, pass you over for promotion or to change your duties to less desirable ones as a result of your making a warehouse accident compensation claim.
Good employers would never want to punish an employee for seeking the compensation they are entitled to. The compensation you deserve is there to help you get your life back on track after your warehouse accident, not to punish your employer, and almost all employers understand this.
Making A Claim Will Help Make The Workplace Safer!
Making a warehouse accident compensation claim can also help to ensure that your workplace is safe and secure for your colleagues. Making a compensation claim can ensure that your employer understands the importance of safety procedures and can help to make your workplace safer for everyone.
You may also be relieved to know that the business you work for will not have to close down as a result of your warehouse accident compensation claim. Even for very large claims (where the business may not be able to afford these payments), the payments themselves will be covered by the Employers Liability Insurance, which all employers are required to take out.
If you are ready to begin your warehouse accident compensation claim, or if you have any questions, there’s no need to wait. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today. We are available 24/7 to make sure that you get the expert help you need.
How A Warehouse Accident Compensation Claim Works
The process of making a personal injury compensation claim is the same for almost all types of personal injury, including warehouse accident compensation claims.
The first step in making a warehouse accident compensation claim should be to make sure that you have the best possible legal advice. We are here 24/7 to help you. Call our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online to secure the assistance you need to get the compensation you deserve.
The first thing we, as your solicitors, need to do is notify the other person that you are making a warehouse accident compensation claim against them. We ask them to accept that they were at fault and we give them a deadline by which they must respond.
What Happens If Your Warehouse Reject Your Claim
If they do not accept that they were at fault in your warehouse accident, we will provide evidence to support your claim. This could be in the form of photographs, documentation or witness statements as well as many other options. Almost all workplace accidents result in the employer admitting at least some liability.
Once we have established and agreed who was to blame, we will then conduct negotiations on your behalf to agree the amount of compensation that you will accept. It is very common for the other party to offer a very low amount of compensation to begin with, to see whether you will accept this (a practice known as making a lowball offer). We will always advise you as to whether we believe that the amount of compensation being offered for your warehouse accident is fair or not. Whether to accept an offer of compensation will always be your decision. If you reject an offer, we will explain this to the other party and provide the reasons we believe that you are entitled to a higher amount.
Going To Court For Your Warehouse Accident Claims
Sometimes, claims will have to go to court to be judged, rather than being settled in the process described above. This is very rare, but it happens if the other person refuses to accept that they were responsible for your warehouse accident, or if it is not possible to agree on a fair amount of compensation. If this happens in your case, we will be with you throughout the process, making it as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
You will only need to pay any fees to us after the negotiations have been concluded and your compensation amount has been agreed and is available to you. Our fees are set as a minor percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that the bulk of the money will always be there to help you during your recovery from your warehouse accident.
How To Start Your Warehouse Accident Compensation Claim
The thought of making a warehouse accident compensation claim can be daunting for many. It is an unfamiliar process and it can seem as if there are many hurdles to overcome. Our dedicated team of expert personal injury claims solicitors are here to help. We have years of experience helping people just like you to get the justice you deserve.
If you are thinking of making a compensation claim for your warehouse accident, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. Call us free on 0800 567 7074 (if using a mobile, call 0121 565 4317 for calls included in your minutes or charged at a local rate) or claim online to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. We can call you back at a time of your choosing, or even arrange a home visit if that would make your claim easier for you. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to make sure that you can access the help you need at a time that suits you.
We Listen To Our Clients!
In order to give you the best possible advice, we will need to understand the full details of your warehouse accident. It is important that we know the circumstances surrounding your warehouse accident, who you believe was responsible for it, the full extent of your injuries and the ways in which your life has been affected by what has happened to you. Once we understand all of this, we are able to give you the accurate, personalised advice that you deserve.
How Quickly Can I Expect My Warehouse Accident Compensation Claim To Be Resolved?
Some warehouse accident compensation claims can take much longer than others, based on the exact details of the case. We work tirelessly to ensure that your case is resolved as quickly as possible, to allow you to get the compensation you need to move on with your life.
Cases that are resolved quickly can take as little as just a few weeks. For a case to completed this fast, it has to be very simple and the other party will have accepted that they were to blame for your warehouse accident almost straight away. This removes the need for time-consuming tasks such as gathering evidence and demonstrating who was responsible for what happened to you. These cases are usually for less serious injuries involving smaller sums of money, as this reduces the incentive for the other party to put significant effort into reducing your claim through negotiation.
Warehouse accident claims in which the other party does not accept liability, or if there are other complications, can take significantly longer than a simple case. If you have to go to court to have a judge decide how much compensation you deserve following your warehouse accident, your claim may be delayed even longer.
Does My Warehouse Accident Need To Be Recorded In The Accident Book?
All companies are required to have an accident book, in which to record the details of any accidents or near misses that occur on the premises or as a result of business activities. All incidents, such as your warehouse accident, should be recorded as soon as possible after they occur, although there is some allowance for the fact that looking after the welfare of staff should always take priority. Using the accident book correctly ensures that a company has an accurate history of their health and safety record.
Accidents or injuries are sometimes not recorded in the accident book. This may be for a completely benign reason, such as the person responsible for filling out the accident book being busy caring for the person who was injured. In very rare situations, an employer may deliberately neglect to record an incident in the accident book to attempt to avoid liability, should the employee want to make a compensation claim.
What Happens If Your Warehouse Accident Was Not Written In The Accident Book?
Although the accident book can be useful in supporting your warehouse accident compensation claim, it is not essential. If your warehouse accident was not recorded in the accident book, we may need to offer additional evidence to support your claim, such as witness statements or photos and videos. However we prove what happened, we can still get you the compensation you deserve.
If your warehouse accident is not recorded in the accident book, the best course of action is to email an appropriate member of staff (this is usually your manager or a member of the HR department), informing them of what happened and asking them to make sure that this is recorded correctly. This ensures that there is a written record of your version of events and also prevents your employer from claiming that they were unaware of what had happened.
Am I Entitled To Compensation For My Warehouse Accident?
Many of our clients can find it difficult to be sure that they are able to make a warehouse accident compensation claim. There are a few simple requirements that must be fulfilled in order for you to make a warehouse accident compensation claim.
The first requirement is that you must have been harmed in some way as a result of your warehouse accident. You can be compensated for any injuries, physical or mental, that you sustain following your warehouse accident, but you are not able to receive compensation for a near miss, where you avoided injury. If you are struck by a falling object, for example, you are able to make a claim. If you narrowly miss being struck because you jumped out of the way, you are not entitled to compensation.
Someone Has To Be Blamed For Your Warehouse Injury!
The next consideration when wondering whether you are able to make a warehouse accident compensation claim is to think about who is responsible for your warehouse accident. There must be someone else to blame for what happened to you, and this is the person or organisation that you will claim against. In the case of an accident or injury at work, your employer will almost certainly be the person at fault. This is because they have a legal responsibility to keep you safe and your injury demonstrates that they were unsuccessful in this task.
It is also necessary that the other person could reasonably be expected to have anticipated what happened to you. This is not the same as saying that they must have seen it coming or that they knew that this would happen to you. Just that they must have been able to predict it, if they had put sufficient effort into thinking about health and safety matters.
The last part of the requirements for making a warehouse accident compensation claim is whether the other party took sufficient action to help improve the situation. Even if they did put some measures in place to improve the health and safety situation, you are still able to make a claim if these were not sufficient.
Contact Our Warehouse Accident Claims Team
If you were the victim of a warehouse accident that wasn’t your fault, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our expert team of warehouse accident specialists on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
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