You might be eligible to make a warehouse accident at work claim if you have suffered a workplace accident that your employer is liable for. Warehouses and storage facilities can be hazardous working environments. Therefore, your employer must follow health and safety regulations to prevent workplace warehouse accidents. If you were injured in a warehouse because your employer failed to adhere to health and safety laws, you might be eligible to claim compensation for an accident at work.
Examples of warehouse accidents you could claim for include:
- A trip or slip and fall accident
- Forklift truck accidents
- Racking and storage accidents, which can cause a head injury
- Manual handling accidents, which can cause musculoskeletal injuries
Please get in touch with Advice.co.uk to enquire about making a warehouse accident claim. Our advisors can provide free legal advice about making an injury claim. Furthermore, once our advisors can see that you have a strong personal injury claim they could connect you with a specialist solicitor.
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- How Do Lawyers Calculate A Warehouse Accident Claim?
- What Evidence Is Needed For My Warehouse Accident Claim?
- What Duty Of Care Am I Owed?
- How Much Could Your Warehouse Accident Claim Be Worth?
- How Lawyers Value Your Final Settlement
- Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
What are your rights if an accident at work injured you? You may have the right to make a warehouse accident claim. If you win your compensation claim, you will receive two heads of claim. These are general damages and special damages. Let’s explain what damages you can receive:
General damages compensate you for the harmful effects of your injuries. Often you will be invited to a medical assessment with an independent physician who will assess your injuries and provide a report on your prognosis.
Special damages reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses you have had to pay because of your injuries. Your payment may also cover future expenses. However, not every successful claimant receives special damages.
Examples of expenses you can claim include:
- Medical costs, such as the cost of an operation, medicines or rehabilitation
- Travel costs, such as the price of taking a taxi to the hospital
- Mobility equipment costs
- Home or car adaptation costs
- Money to cover the cost of your care
- Reimbursement for loss of earnings or income
To make a successful warehouse accident claim, you will need to provide evidence that shows why you think your employer is liable for the accident that caused your injuries.
If you are injured in an accident it is always advisable that you seek medical advice. By doing this you will receive the treatment that your injuries need to recover. However, the doctor will update your medical records with the diagnosis of your injuries and what treatment they needed. This will be vital evidence if you decide that you want to pursue a claim for compensation.
However, there is also other evidence that could be gathered, for instance:
- Images of the cause of the accident
- A copy of the log in the workplace accident book
- Contact details of witnesses’ in case a statement is needed for your case
- Photographs of any visible injuries
- Any financial documents that prove expenses because of your injuries.
Call our advisors on the number at the top of the page. They can tell you what damages can be included as part of your warehouse accident claim. They may point to expenses you had not even thought of including.
Under the Health and Safety At Work etc 1974 employers have a responsibility to keep their workforce as safe as can be reasonably expected. However, also under this Act employees have their own responsibility to keep themselves and their colleagues safe by conducting themselves in the required fashion.
When this duty of care is breached and it leads to an accident that could have been avoided, injuries that result may mean the employee could be eligible to pursue a workplace accident claim.
If you make a split liability claim, you will receive less compensation than you would have if the accident had been completely the defendant’s fault. For example, if you were 20% responsible for causing your injuries, you would receive 80% of your damages.
If your warehouse accident claim is successful, you may receive general damages and if you have any financial losses you could also be awarded special damages. Your special damages payout will reimburse you for any financial costs associated with your injuries, such as travel expenses or medical costs. If you become disabled or need extensive medical treatment, your compensation payout will help you cover any expenses you may have in the future.
Sometimes you can get an interim payment before you have settled your claim. For example, if you require mobility equipment immediately, you can request an interim payment from the defendant to pay for this.
Legal professionals may use guidelines from the Judicial College to help them value your general damages compensation settlement. We used these guidelines to create the table below. You can use the table as a claims calculator to estimate how much compensation you could claim.
|Injury Severity||Injury Type||Compensation||Notes|
|Severe (1)||Back Injury||£85,470 to £151,070||These are the most severe back injuries which involve spinal cord and nerve root injuries.|
|Severe (3)||Back Injury||£36,390 to £65,440||An injury which, following treatment, still leaves the person with severe pain, impaired agility discomfort and other serious results.|
|Moderate (1)||Back Injury||£26,050 to £36,390||This is a wide bracket and it includes injuries such as crush or compression fractures affecting the lumbar spinal vertebrae.|
|Serious (B)||Shoulder Injury||£11,980 to £18,020||Various shoulder injuries could fall into this bracket. They may include rotator cuff injuries where symptoms persist after surgery or other soft tissue injuries.|
|Moderate (C)||Shoulder Injury||£7,410 to £11,980||Frozen shoulder injuries|
|(E)||Clavicle Fracture||£4,830 to £11,49||Damages awarded are based on the severity of the fracture, any disability sustained or lasting symptoms. It may also depend on whether the effects are permanent or temporary.|
|Less Serious||Hand Injury||£13,570 to £27,220||Severe crush injuries of the hand which impair and reduce its use.|
|Moderate||Hand Injury||£5,260 to £12,460||Injuries to the soft tissue such as caused by the hand being crushed or by a penetrating wound.|
|(Q) Loss Of Thumb||Thumb Injury||£33,330 to £51,460||Loss of the thumb in an accident.|
|(U) Severe Dislocation||Thumb Injury||£3,710 to £6,360||A severe dislocation injury affecting the thumb.|
The table does not include special damages compensation. What’s more, the amount of compensation you receive can vary based on many factors. So, please feel free to call our claims helpline to discuss what your warehouse injury settlement may be.
If you wish to make a warehouse accident claim, you could use a No Win No Fee solicitor. You won’t be charged an upfront fee with a No Win No Fee arrangement.
Instead, you fund your solicitor’s services by paying a success fee if your claim is successful. They take on the financial risk. Because the solicitor will only charge you a success fee if they win your claim.
To begin your claim, please get in touch with Advice.co.uk today. We can provide you with free legal advice about claiming compensation for an accident.
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No Win No Fee Claim Resources
Please feel free to read these online guides if you wish to claim compensation for a personal injury at work.
A guide to warehousing safety, from HSE
A guide to safe manual handling from HSE
An NHS guide to the causes and treatment of back pain
Thank you for taking the time to read our guide to making a warehouse accident claim.
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