What are the main causes of injuries when using forklifts?
Circumstances that commonly lead to forklift injuries include:
- Forklift rollovers caused by abrupt movement, uneven surfaces, and unbalanced loads
- Collisions with other forklifts and pedestrians due to distractions, fatigue, or lack of warning signs and safety barriers
- Loose and falling loads cause by improper loading, damaged or loose loads, moving, lifting, or tilting too quickly, or poor forklift maintenance
- Tripping over a forklift or tripping when getting in or out of the machine
- RSI and muscular strains from repeated movements
Examples of common forklift injuries
Being involved in a forklift accident can cause minor to severe injuries that may give you the right to compensation. Common forklift injuries often include:
- Strains and sprains
- Broken bones
- Becoming crushed, with injuries involving trauma to the skin, bones, underlying tissue and internal organs
- Back and spinal injuries, including vertebral injuries such as whiplash
- Head injuries, including concussions, wounds and skull fractures
Due to the environments where forklifts are most often used, employees working in food, manufacturing, transport, trades, mining and agriculture are most at risk of being involved in forklift accidents. If you’ve been injured in a forklift accident, it’s crucial you seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure you receive your full compensation entitlements. Contact us online using our free online claim checker or call 1800 455 725 to talk to our experienced forklift accident lawyers about starting a compensation claim.
If a forklift has hit you (or a loved one) at work, you should contact an experienced forklift accident lawyer as soon as possible. Claiming compensation often has time limits, and the sooner you begin your claim, the earlier you’ll be able to receive compensation that assists with your recovery and compensates for your pain and suffering.
As soon as you’re able, you should also start recording details and gathering paperwork, evidence, and medical records that can be used to prove your claim.
At LHD Lawyers, we offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation to assess your situation and help determine if you have a claim. If a claim can be made, we’ll represent you on a No Win No Fee basis to process any necessary paperwork and obtain the compensation you or your loved one deserves.
If your injury occurred in the workplace, your employer is usually responsible for injuries sustained in the forklift accident because they have a duty of care to provide safe work conditions for all their employees: They must:
- Provide and maintain safe work processes
- Maintain all equipment and machinery and ensure they’re always in working condition
- Ensure all employees have sufficient training and are supervised
- Provide adequate facilities that promote safe work
If your employer fails to provide suitable working conditions, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Most forklift accidents occur in the workplace; however, most forklifts don’t have Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance. Because of this, claims are generally assessed under the rules of the CTP insurance scheme, but the employer’s Workers Compensation insurer is responsible for paying your compensation entitlements.
At LHD Lawyers, our specialist forklift accident lawyers can help you determine who’s responsible and if you have a claim based on your unique circumstances. Contact us today to let us know how we can help.
Forklift accident injuries often cause unplanned expenses, financial stress, and time needed off work. If you’re injured in a forklift accident, you may be entitled to compensation that covers:
- Lost income and earnings, now and in the future
- Pain and suffering
- Medical care and treatment expenses, including surgery, medical imaging, rehabilitation, specialist consultations, medications and more
- Home care and assistance, including home modifications
Compensation typically varies depending on individual circumstances, including the severity of injuries and financial losses experienced. contact us our experienced team at LHD Lawyers to discuss your claim with a specialist forklift accident lawyer and learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to receive.
We believe every Australian is entitled to legal representation, regardless of their financial situation. We believe this so strongly that we offer a No Win No Fee policy for all compensation claims we manage.
With our No Win No Fee service, you won’t be charged legal fees if your case isn’t successful. In some cases, the insurer paying your compensation may also be required to cover your legal costs, so there’s nothing for you to pay.