Forklift Accident Compensation Claims

According to SafeWork NSW, there are three main scenarios forklift accidents and injuries can happen: being hit or crushed by a forklift, being hit or crushed by a load that the forklift is moving, and being crushed in a forklift tip-over. The organisation therefore advises employers on how to reduce risk around forklifts being used in workplaces and reminds their legal obligation to take necessary steps for safety.


If you were injured in a forklift accident in the workplace, you may make a claim for compensation under the workers compensation scheme in NSW. However, you may also make a claim under the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Scheme, which deals with compensation arising out of motor vehicle accidents. In this blog, you will find information about CTP motor vehicle accident claims. You can also learn about making a claim for modified common law damages, which enables you to receive a lump sum payment for your injuries resulting from a forklift accident.

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In New South Wales (NSW), construction employers have certain obligations under work health and safety (WHS) law including the elimination of risk to workers’ health and safety, providing safety training and having a workers compensation insurance. Having workers compensation insurance enables an injured construction worker to be covered by their employers workers compensation insurer. Whilst a head builder is usually considered the employer on a construction site, it is not necessarily the case as other contractors can be liable regarding a worker’s injury.


What does forklift accident compensation cover?

You may be entitled to income support payments, medical expenses, funeral expenses, vocational rehabilitation and lump sum if you were injured in a forklift accident from the Workers Compensation Scheme

If you lost past earnings due to injuries sustained from a forklift accident, you may receive income support benefits from the CTP scheme. If you were at fault in the accident, the payments will either stop or be reduced in amount after 26 weeks depending on the degree of your fault.  Also, if you only sustained minor injuries due to the accident, income support benefits will cease at the end of 26 weeks.


How can I claim compensation if I have been in a forklift accident?

In case of an injury from a forklift accident, firstly report the accident to the police. Then make a claim within 3 months by completing an Application for Personal Injury Benefits and getting your doctor to complete a Medical Certificate You should then submit both documents to the CTP insurer. This should ideally be done within 28 days so that you can receive income support payments from the date of the accident.

Can you make a claim for modified common law damages?

If you were not mostly at fault in the accident and your injuries are not minor/ soft tissue injuries, you will also be entitled to make a claim for modified common law damages which deal with any economic loss, both past and future including superannuation, that you suffered as a result of the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle accident. You may also be able to claim lump sum compensation for pain and suffering and the like if your injuries are assessed as being greater than 10% whole person impairment.

What is soft tissue injury?

Soft tissue injuries are typically those in muscles, tendons, and ligaments but do not include injury to nerves or a complete or partial rupture of tendons, ligaments, menisci or cartilage. Whiplash injury is the most common type to be classified as soft tissue injury and therefore minor injury in the context of claims for forklift accident compensation.

People diagnosed with soft tissue injury as a result of a forklift accident are entitled to weekly income support, medical expenses, and domestic and personal care services, for 26 weeks from the date of the accident.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I hire a lawyer if I have been involved in a forklift accident?

Our experienced personal injury lawyers can guide you through the process of making a claim after the accident, providing you with detailed information about your rights and entitlements whether for workers compensation and/or car accident compensation. You can also gain advice on whether your case qualifies for making a claim for modified common law damages.


How much compensation can I get for a forklift accident injury?

The compensation you may receive as a result of your compensation claim will depend on factors such as the degree of your fault in the accident, the extent of loss you have or will suffer as a result of the accident and the severity of your injury. We recommend you contact our personal injury lawyers for a free claim assessment.


When should I call a lawyer after a forklift accident?

If you were injured in a forklift accident, you can consult a lawyer at any point in your claim process. However, it is important to see a lawyer as soon as to receive information about the best way forward.


Do I have to be in Sydney to make a forklift accident compensation claim?

You do not have to be in Sydney to make a compensation claim after a forklift accident. Regardless of where you are located in NSW or where the accident occurred, our personal injury lawyers are conveniently located in Sydney, Parramatta, Penrith, Liverpool and Wollongong.


How much does a lawyer charge for a car accident compensation claim?

Our personal injury lawyers work on a no win no fee basis, which means you do not have to pay our legal fees unless we achieve your claim for compensation.

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No win no fee forklift accident lawyers

Our personal injury lawyer are proudly working on a no win no fee basis which means you are not liable for our costs and disbursements if you are unsuccessful in claiming compensation. We will only get paid for our costs and disbursements upon the successful completion of your claim from your compensation monies.

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