Oakwood were able to reach a compensation amount of £4363.00 for Mr A from Wakefield after his forklift truck accident.

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Mr A from West Yorkshire was injured in a public place. He was in a picking machine which was stationary at a gate; a large fork lift truck collided with the rear of his vehicle. Our client suffered some extensive injuries including soft tissue damage and whiplash type injuries to his neck. He had bruising and was suffering from shock because of the accident.

Manual handling relates to the moving of items either by lifting lowering carrying pushing or pulling. But it’s not just a case of ‘pulling something’ due to the weight of the item although this can be a cause of injury. Injuries can be caused because of the amount of times you have to pick up or carry an item the distance you are carrying it the height you are picking it up from or putting it down at (picking it up from the floor putting it on a shelf above shoulder level) and any twisting bending stretching or other awkward posture you may get in whilst doing a task.

Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries which include work related Musculoskeletal Disorders such as upper and lower limb pain/disorders joint and repetitive strain injuries of various seriousness. Forklift truck accidents can even be fatal and this is why workplaces and public places have a duty of care to users to try to prevent accidents from happening.

If you need compensation after a forklift truck accident which wasn?t your fault Oakwood can help. Compensation is awarded if you have not been at fault and if you can prove that your injury could have been prevented. If you are unsure whether you have a claim or not our public liability injury specialists will be able to give you advice for free.

Under the employers liability act of 1969 most employers are required by law to insure against liability for injury or disease to their employees as a result of doing their job. There is a law called the Employer’s Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act which basically means that your employer has to have liability insurance of an appropriate level to cover against any work related accidents or illnesses. Your employer should have a copy of their liability insurance in the workplace which is available for all staff members to see.

Call Oakwood on 0844 499 9302 for free advice about compensation for a forklift truck accident which has caused you or someone in your family to suffer.

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