Warehouse accident claims
At Digby Brown, we understand that warehouses can be dangerous places to work and have helped many workers over the years, securing compensation after an accident which was not their fault.
Common types of warehouse accidents include unsafe equipment such as faulty machinery, loading injuries, falls and trips, forklift accidents, as well as lack of safety education and training.
Employers legally bound to reduce warehouse accidents
Employers are legally bound to help reduce warehouse accidents where possible.
Regulations such as Manual Handling Operations Regulation 1992 and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 are in place to specifically help reduce accidents in these types of workplaces.
Injuries involving manual handling or lifting equipment
The Health and Safety Executive confirm that more than a quarter of the accidents at work reported each year to the enforcing authorities are associated with manual handling - the transporting or supporting of loads by hand or by bodily force.
Many injuries are caused by the incorrect application or prolongation of bodily force, poor posture and excessive repetition of movement.
Injuries may be cumulative, arising from a serious of incidents, rather than being attributable to any single event. These injuries can be severe, often resulting in permanent disability.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations
In 1992 the Manual Handling Operations Regulations were introduced to tackle the scale of manual handling injuries and to introduce methods of prevention.
Employers are now required to avoid hazardous manual handling operations, so far as is reasonably practicable.
That may be done by redesigning the task to avoid moving a load or by automating or mechanising the process. Where manual handling cannot be avoided, an employer is required to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of any hazardous manual handling operation and thereafter reduce the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable.
Particular consideration should be given to the provision of mechanical assistance.
Where that is not reasonably practical then other improvements to the task, the load and the working environment should be explored.
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
Further, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 set out health and safety requirements applicable to the use of lifting equipment.
This includes ensuring equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, marked and for many employers, subject to scheduled 'thorough examination'.
Helping a client pursue a warehouse accident claim
Mr Forbes was badly injured when unloading pallets from a truck when the steel fell off the pallet and landed on his legs.
Previously he was responsible for running the warehouse at work but he was no longer able to do this after his injuries and will have a disability in both legs for the rest of his life.
The accident could have been prevented if a risk assessment or plan had been in place for unloading non-routine loads.
Digby Brown secured compensation amounting to more than three times the original offer, helping safeguard Mr Forbes in the future.
No win no fee personal injury solicitors
The expression “No Win – No Fee” is often used in personal injury cases. It is used as a way of funding a compensation claim where the accident victim does not have the means to pay for the costs involved as the case progresses.
A number of solicitors are prepared to handle personal injury cases on a “No Win – No Fee” basis but very few are able to offer their clients complete protection if the case is unsuccessful.
In that event, the client could end up being liable for many thousands of pounds in legal expenses or the case won't be fully investigated and therefore likely to under-settle.
Compensate 'no win no fee' funding
Digby Brown has its own funding company, Compensate, which provides the funding to allow the case to be fully investigated, employ the best experts surrounding the circumstances of the accident and/or injuries sustained and where and if necessary go to court.
If for whatever reason the case is unsuccessful, Compensate pays all your legal expenses and those of your opponent – you pay nothing.
On average our clients receive over 3 times the pre-litigation offer
Because of Compensate funding Digby Brown's success rate is extremely high and on average our clients receive three times the pre-litigation offer.
In the event the case is successful, a small percentage of your damages will be deducted with VAT to pay for this service. The percentage which Compensate will charge depends on the degree of risk involved. We believe that this is the fairest method of giving clients access to justice whilst ensuring their cases are fully investigated, prepared and funded.
Beware of compensation offers which may be too good
We know you will have seen many adverts offering 100% compensation or telling you that you will not lose any of your compensation, however we believe there are a number of problems with companies that do this.
- How do they make their money if they don’t charge you anything?
- If they aren’t taking any money from you, the client, what incentive do they have to ensure you receive the right level of compensation, appropriate to the injuries you have sustained?
- Fully preparing a case, finding out exactly what happened and what the consequences of your injuries may mean in the long term, is expensive, how do they do this properly?
- If they aren’t fully preparing these cases will they just accept the first offer they are given on your behalf by the Insurance company?
- It makes simple business sense, the less work they do the higher their profit margin is - they simply have no incentive to work harder on your behalf.
- These adverts in the main are from English firms on national television which operates in a different way and therefore wouldn’t apply to a Scottish person.
We know from the many client cases we mandate from other firms of solicitors (in the main at the request of the client who is extremely unsatisfied with the service received for the other firm) that many shortcuts are taken in preparation and that the first offer received is being recommended for acceptance, regardless of the value.
Getting something for nothing is usually the first sign of poor service.
Correct level of compensation with Digby Brown
Our experience and statistics show time and time again we will achieve the correct level of compensation which will be substantially more than the insurer is initially prepared to offer.
Even after we have deducted our percentage as a success fee you will gain considerably more than you would have achieved using a 100% compensation model.
Contact Digby Brown's personal injury solicitors
For further information about no win no fee, or anything else, call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our enquiry form below and someone will get back in touch with you.
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