If you’re one of the many people working in warehouses and factories in Northern Ireland, you face potentially dangerous situations every day. In fact, 18% of all reported workplace injuries in Northern Ireland happen in the manufacturing sector. Machinery, forklift trucks and manual handling all create a risk of injury.
Your employer has a duty of care to you. They must put in place safety measures to protect you from the dangers of working in a warehouse or factory. If they didn’t and you’ve been injured as a result, you are entitled to make a claim.
Causes of Common Warehouse & Factory Accidents
Employees, maintenance workers and visitors can all fall victim to warehouse and factory accidents. While a wide range of workplace accidents happen in warehouses and factories, there are some common causes. They include:
Slips, Trips and Falls — The most common type of workplace accident can be caused by spillages, obstructions and poor lighting, as well as working on ladders, platforms and roofs.
Dangerous Machinery — Machinery that is poorly maintained, unsuitable for its use or being operated by someone without the correct training is the cause of many accidents. Forklift truck accidents are a common example of this.
Manual Handling — Being asked to lift or move heavy or awkward objects can cause back injuries and other problems.
Falling Objects — Unsafe storage, dangerous work at heights and inadequate PPE can lead to injuries caused by things falling.
Exposure to Dangerous Substances — Working with chemicals and other dangerous substances used in manufacturing can cause illness or injury.
Electric Shocks — Unsafe machinery and wiring may result in shocks, burns and other injuries.
Warehouse & Factory Accident Injury Claims
The various causes of warehouse and factory accidents lead to an equally wide range of injuries. Some of the most common types of warehouse and factory accident injury claims are:
Anyone who has been injured in a warehouse or factory in which someone else was at fault is entitled to claim compensation. You can also claim on behalf of a loved one who has been injured in those circumstances.
Claiming for Yourself – If you were injured in a warehouse or factory because an employer failed in their duty of care to you, you can make a personal injury claim.
Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else – If a loved one was injured in a warehouse or factory and is unable to make a claim, you can claim on their behalf.
Warehouse & Factory Accident Claim Process
We’ve made our warehouse and factory accident claim process simple and straightforward. Our experienced solicitors will help you every step of the way.
Step 1: Contact Reid Black Start your claim process by getting in touch for a no-obligation chat and free initial legal advice on your claim.
Step 2: Gathering Information and Evidence When you give us the go-ahead, we’ll start gathering the evidence we need to support your claim. This might include medical records, police reports or reports from the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), as well as evidence from your workplace.
Step 3: Medical Assessment We’ll then arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical professional to make sure we know the full extent of your injuries before making any claim.
Step 4: Compensation Negotiations Once we fully understand your medical prognosis, we will open negotiations with your workplace’s insurance company to secure the maximum compensation to which you’re entitled.
Step 5: Compensation Payout We will continue to support you to ensure the agreed payout amount reaches your account in a timely manner.
You will usually have three years from the date of a warehouse or factory accident in Northern Ireland in which to make a claim. There are some variations to this.
18 years old and over – If you were aged 18 or over at the time of the accident you must claim within three years of the accident.
Under 18 years old – If you were aged under 18 at the time of the accident you must claim before your 21st birthday.
The deadlines for making a claim may be extended in exceptional circumstances. This might include being unable to make a claim within the usual timeframe because of your injuries or the at-fault party’s negligence only coming to light later.
In any case, we would always recommend that you get in touch as soon after an accident as possible to discuss your claim.
Factory & Warehouse Accident Compensation
The amount of compensation awarded for factory and warehouse accident claims varies depending on the injuries and circumstances involved. Your payout will depend on factors such as the amount of pain you endured and any long-term effects of the accident.
In all cases, there are two types of damages award:
General Damages – This is compensation for any physical and mental injuries you suffered as a direct result of the accident, including any long-term problems. The more serious the injuries, the more compensation you will receive.
Special Damages – This is compensation for out-of-pocket expenses and financial hardships you’ve endured because of the accident. It might include things like healthcare fees, travel expenses, loss of earnings and rehabilitation costs.
Why Choose Reid Black?
We’ve been helping our clients make successful factory and warehouse accident claims in Northern Ireland since 1993. We understand the dangerous work conditions faced by many people working in manufacturing and warehouse jobs in Belfast and further afield. When employers are not taking those risks and their duty of care seriously, our experienced solicitors are here to help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Yes, employers have a duty of care to everyone in their workplace. If you were visiting a warehouse and suffered an injury because of someone else’s actions you can still make a warehouse accident claim.
Absolutely. If you suffered an injury because your current employer did not put the correct measures in place to protect you, you should make a claim. Any compensation will be paid by your employer’s insurer, so you shouldn’t have any concerns about the financial impact of your claim.
Yes, you can make a fatal accident claim on behalf of a loved one who died because of a warehouse or factory accident. We will support you through this traumatic time and help you to claim the compensation that is rightfully yours.
Yes, if someone else was at fault for your warehouse or factory accident you can claim even if you were also partly responsible. The amount of compensation you get will usually be adjusted to reflect the extent to which you were responsible for the accident.
We settle the vast majority of warehouse accident claims without needing to go to court. But we will always keep the option of court action open if an insurer is not offering the level of compensation we believe you deserve.
We’re Ready To Handle Your Warehouse or Factory Accident Claim
Our experienced solicitors are on hand to help you claim the maximum compensation to which you’re entitled. Get in touch for more information or to take the first step towards a hassle-free warehouse or factory accident claim.
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