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    Forklift Truck Compensation Claims

    If you’ve been hurt in a forklift vehicle accident, it can be very daunting even just thinking about the prospect of claiming compensation. We understand the stress and worry involved in making an injury claim after what was undoubtedly a traumatic experience.
    We also know it can take a long time to come to terms with what has happened. Our advisors are known for their compassionate and understanding approach to injured individuals trying to get their life back on track, and who simply need a friendly person to talk their issues through with before taking any further steps.

    Our specialist injury lawyers are here to help you make the compensation claim you rightly deserve. You can do this on a No Win No Fee basis. Call now for free advice

    Forklift truck accidents

    In the workplace, forklift accidents can be caused by mechanical failure, inadequate training or supervision, or driver error. Whatever the cause of the accident, our specialist injury lawyers have the expertise to take care of your claim every step of the way. 




    Failures in training

    Lack of training and supervision is one of the biggest risks in the workplace. If not used properly, forklift trucks can be dangerous. Health and safety legislation in the UK is stringent and your employer is responsible for ensuring forklift truck drivers are properly trained and supervised before operating the vehicle.

    This is why those operating forklift trucks must have adequate training, supervision and equipment, including warnings against speeding and poor maintenance. Forklift truck users should have training in:
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    This is a common and entirely understandable concern for injured employees who need to claim compensation. But you don’t need to worry. Your employer is required by law to have insurance in place covering the financial risk of injury claims by anyone on site – including employees and other visitors on the premises. 

    This means your employer is cushioned from the financial impact of you making a claim. Your compensation payout will come from the insurance company and not out of your employer’s pocket

    Please don’t assume that if you were at all to blame for the accident, you cannot then claim compensation. That is not the case.

    Firstly, you may think you were at fault only to find out when speaking with a specialist solicitor that you may not be legally to blame at all.

    Secondly, if you were found to be partly to blame for the incident, this simply means the level of compensation you receive may be reduced proportionately. So if the accident resulted from someone else’s negligence and you have been injured – you can claim compensation even if you were partially to blame.

    Your compensation will be made up of ‘general damages’ and ‘special damages’.

    General damages compensates you for your actual injuries, pain and suffering. How much you receive depends on the nature and extent of your injuries.

    You can also claim ‘special damages’ to compensate you for your accident-related financial losses. These can include:

    • Loss of wages and overtime.
    • Medical expenses and prescription costs.
    • Damaged clothing.
    • Travel expenses such as taxis or public transport to hospital appointments.
    • Your partner’s loss of earnings if they’ve had to take time off to care for you.
    • Rehabilitation costs, for example, if you need adaptations at your home carried out.

    Our friendly advisors will take a few details from you and will put you in touch with our panel of specialist injury lawyers, who will offer a free consultation, with no obligation. 

    So you can have free advice, and there is no pressure for you to make a claim.

    Our claim specialists are experienced in accident claims like yours, and have the expertise to claim the maximum compensation available to you, in the shortest time possible. 


    We genuinely care about you as an injured person and you can count on our support from the outset. Our aim is to make your compensation process simple and straightforward, taking the stress out of it.

    You must act quickly, though. You have three years in which to make an injury claim, but the sooner you get the ball rolling the fresher your memory of events – and that of any witnesses.

    Our panel of specialist injury lawyers take on injury cases on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. This means there is no upfront cost, not even for the initial consultation.

    If your claim is successful, there will be a deduction from your compensation to cover your legal fees. This is typically around 25%, it may be more or less but will always be agreed with your solicitors upfront.

    So you will only pay a fee if you win your compensation.

    100% No Win No Fee Nothing to pay if you lose

    Our panel of solicitors offer a no win, no fee service. This simply means that if you don’t win your claim, there will be no cost to you.


    Customers typically pay a success fee of 25% of the amount recovered to cover their legal costs. This may vary, but will always be agreed with your solicitors upfront.


    If you would like to know more about your available options, we’re here to help. It’s free to talk to us – and there’s no pressure to start a claim.

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        • Neck & Back Injuries
          • Neck Injuries

            £2,450 to £7,890

            Where a full recovery takes place within a period of about one to two years.

          • Neck Injuries

            £24,990 to £38,490

            Injuries such as fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and which may necessitate spinal fusion.

          • Neck Injuries

            £45,470 to £148,330

            Neck injury associated with incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis.

          • Back Injury

            £7,890 to £12,510

            Where a full recovery or a recovery to nuisance level takes place without surgery within about two to five years.

          • Back Injury

            £12,510 to £27,760

            Many frequently encountered injuries to the back such as disturbance of ligaments and muscles giving rise to backache, soft tissue injuries resulting in a prolonged acceleration and / or exacerbation of a pre-existing back condition.

          • Back Injury

            £91,090 to £160,980

            Cases of the most severe injury involving damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to a combination of very serious consequences not normally found in cases of back injury.

        • Head Injuries
          • Brain or Head Injury

            £2,210 to £12,770

            In these cases brain damage, if any, will have been minimal. The bottom of the bracket will reflect full recovery within a few weeks.

          • Brain Damage

            £43,060 to £219,0700

            This category is distinguished from the moderately severe category by the fact that the degree of dependence is markedly lower.

          • Brain Damage

            £219,070 to £282,010

            The insured person will be very seriously disabled. There will be substantial dependence on others and a need for constant professional and other care.

          • Brain Damage

            £282,010 to £403,990

            In cases at the top of this bracket there may be some ability to follow basic commands, recovery of eye opening and return of sleep and waking patterns and postural reflex movement.

        • Shoulder Injuries
          • Shoulder Injury

            £2,450 to £7,890

            Soft tissue injury to your shoulder with considerable pain but almost complete recovery within one to two years.

          • Shoulder Injury

            £7,890 to £12,770

            Frozen shoulder with limitation of movement and discomfort with symptoms persisting for about two years. Also soft tissue injuries with more than minimal symptoms persisting after two years but not permanent. Often associated with neck injuries and involving damage to the brachial plexus resulting in significant disability.

          • Fracture of Clavicle

            £5,150 to £12,240

            The level of the award will depend on extent of fracture, level of disability, residual symptoms, and whether temporary or permanent, and whether union is anatomically displaced.

        • Eye Injuries
          • Eye Injury

            £3,950 to £8,730

            In this bracket fall cases of minor injuries, such as being struck in the eye, exposure to fumes including smoke, or being splashed by liquids, causing initial pain and some temporary interference with vision.

          • Complete Loss of Sight in One Eye

            £49,270 to £54,830

            This award takes account of some risk of sympathetic ophthalmia.

          • Total Loss of One Eye

            £54,830 to £65,710

            The level of the award within the bracket will depend on age, psychiatric consequences, and cosmetic effect.

        • Hearing Loss
          • Partial Hearing Loss and/or Tinnitus

            £7,010 to £45,540

            This category covers the bulk of deafness cases which usually result from exposure to noise at work over a prolonged period.

          • Total Loss of Hearing in One Ear

            £31,310 to £45,540

            Cases will tend towards the higher end of the bracket where there are associated problems, such as tinnitus, dizziness or headaches.

          • Total Deafness

            £90,750 to £109,650

            The lower end of the bracket is appropriate for cases where there is no speech deficit or tinnitus. The higher end is appropriate for cases involving both of these.

        • Facial Injuries
          • Fractures of Nose or Nasal Complex

            £3,950 to £5,100

            (Displaced fracture where recovery is complete but only after surgery.)

          • Fractures of Cheekbones

            £10,200 to £15,780

            Serious Fractures requiring surgery but with lasting consequences such as paraesthesia in the cheeks or the lips or some element of disfigurement.

          • Fractures of Jaws

            £17,960 to £30,490

            Serious fracture with permanent consequences such as difficulty in opening the mouth or with eating or where there is paraesthesia in the area of the jaw.

          • Damage to Teeth

            £8,730 to £11,410

            Loss of or serious damage to several front teeth.

        • Arm Injuries
          • Loss Of One Arm

            Not less than £137,160

            Arm amputated at the shoulder.

          • Arm Injury

            £19,200 to £39,170

            While there will have been significant disabilities, a substantial degree of recovery will have taken place or will be expected.

          • Simple Fractures

            £6,610 to £19,200

            Simple Fractures of the Forearm.

        • Elbow Injuries
          • Elbow Injury

            £39,170 to £54,830

            A Severely Disabling Injury.

          • Elbow Injury

            £15,650 to £32,010

            Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disability.

          • Elbow Injury

            Up to £12,590

            Most elbow injuries fall into this category. They comprise simple fractures, tennis elbow syndrome and lacerations; i.e., those injuries which cause no permanent damage and do not result in any permanent impairment of function.

        • Wrist Injuries
          • Wrist Injuries

            £3,530 to £4,740

            Undisplaced or minimal displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries necessitating application of plaster or bandage for a matter of weeks and a full or virtual recovery within up to 12 months or so.

          • Wrist Injuries

            £12,590 to £24,500

            Where these still result in some permanent disability as, for example, a degree of persisting pain and stiffness.

          • Wrist Injuries

            £47,620 to £59,860

            Injuries resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist, for example, where an arthrodesis has been performed.

        • Hand / Finger Injuries
          • Damage to Both Hands

            £55,820 to £84,570

            Such injuries will have given rise to permanent cosmetic disability and significant loss of function.

          • Hand Injury

            £5,720 to £13,280

            Crush injuries, penetrating wounds, soft tissue type and deep lacerations. The top of the bracket would be appropriate where surgery has failed and permanent disability remains. The bottom of the bracket would be appropriate for permanent but non-intrusive symptoms.

          • Hand Injuries

            £12,170 to £18,740

            Total Loss of Index Finger.

          • Hand Injuries

            £35,520 to £54,830

            Loss of Thumb.

        • Hip / Pelvis Injury
          • Hip / Pelvis Injury

            £39,170 to £130,930

            Extensive fractures of the pelvis involving, for example, dislocation of a low back joint and a reputed bladder, or a hip injury resulting in spondylolisthesis of a low back joint with intolerable pain and necessitating spinal fusion.

          • Hip / Pelvis Injury

            £26,590 to £39,170

            Significant injury to the pelvis or hip but any permanent disability is not major and any future risk not great.

          • Hip / Pelvis Injury

            £3,950 to £12,950

            Cases where despite significant injury there is little or no residual disability. Where there has been a complete recovery within two years, the award may but is unlikely to exceed the mid-point in the range.

        • Leg Injuries
          • Above-Knee Amputation of One Leg

            £104,830 to £137,470

            The award will depend upon such factors as the level of the amputation; the severity of any phantom pains; associated psychological problems; the success of any prosthetics; any side effects such as backache and the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the remaining joints of both lower limbs or in the hips and spine.

          • Leg Injury

            £39,200 to £54,830

            Serious compound or comminuted fractures or injuries to joints or ligaments resulting in instability, prolonged treatment, a lengthy period of non-weight-bearing, the near certainty that arthritis will ensue; extensive scarring. To justify an award within this bracket a combination of such features will generally be necessary.

          • Leg Injury

            £17,960 to £27,760

            Fractures from which an incomplete recovery is made or serious soft tissue injuries.

          • Leg Injuries

            £9,110 to £14,080

            Simple fracture of a femur with no damage to articular surfaces.

        • Knee Injuries
          • Knee Injury

            £26,190 to £96,210

            Serious knee injury where there has been disruption of the joint, the development of ostearthristis, gross ligamentous damage, lengthy treatment, considerable pain and loss of function, an arthroplasty or arthrodesis has taken place or is inevitable.

          • Knee Injury

            £14,840 to £26,190

            Injuries involving dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus which results in minor instability, wasting, weakness, or other mild future disability.

        • Ankle Injuries
          • Ankle Injury

            £31,310 to £50,060

            Injuries necessitating and extensive period of treatment and/or a lengthy period in plaster or where pins and plates have been inserted and there is significant residual disability in the form of ankle instability and severely limited ability to walk.

          • Ankle Injury

            £13,740 to £26,590

            Fractures, ligamentous tears and the like which give rise to less serious disabilities such as difficulty in walking on uneven ground, difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time, awkwardness on stairs, irritation from metal plates and residual scarring.

          • Ankle Injury

            Up to £13,740

            The less serious, minor or undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligamentous injuries.

        • Toe Injuries
          • Toe Injury

            In the region of £31,310

            Amputation of the Great Toe.

          • Toe Injuries

            Up to £9,600

            These injuries include relatively straight forward fractures or the exacerbation of a pre-existing degenerative condition or laceration injuries to one or more toes.

        • Hair Damage
          • Hair / Scalp Injuries

            £7,340 to £11,020

            Damage to hair in consequence of defective permanent waving, tinting, or the like, where the effects are dermatitis, eczema or tingling or 'burning' of the scalp causing dry, brittle hair, which breaks off and/or falls out, leading to distress, depression, embarrassment and loss of confidence, and inhibitating social life

          • Hair / Scalp Injuries

            Up to £9,600

            Less serious versions of the above where symptoms are fewer or only of a minor character; also, cases where hair has been pulled out leaving bald patches.

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