Roll Cage Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?
Roll cages are a very common way for supermarkets, shops, warehouses and storage companies to quickly and easily move goods around. They are pretty useful. The roll cage is an everyday piece of equipment for many people and often most don’t give it a second thought. However, whether in the supermarket, storage rooms or warehouses, roll cage accidents can cause serious injury and even in extreme cases death. A roll cage accident can be caused by the carelessness of those using them or through the simple wear and tear that they go through on a daily basis.
Roll cages and trolleys are extensively used around warehouses, depot’s, factories and retail environments to transport goods. When defective, damaged or improperly maintained, roll cage accidents can occur. A poorly loaded or defective roll cage reduces the operator’s ability to stay in control of the cages movement, as well as safely control the goods inside it. This can lead to the operator, other staff members or members of the public being involved in an accident or even injured by the roll cage.
As with any workplace machinery, roll cages and trolleys should be operated with a reasonable degree of care. The Health and Safety Executive has produced a good guide to the safe operation and transport of roll cages. Roll cage accidents can happen to anyone in the vicinity of the cage. They need to be secured and operated safely and securely. If you have been injured by a roll cage, whether in the supermarket, factory or warehouse, due to accident or negligence; you could be entitled to making a no win no fee compensation claim.
Whilst we have strived to make this a comprehensive guide to common kinds of roll cage accident. If you still have any questions after reading this guide, Legal Expert offer free consultation and advice sessions. Contact our expert team if you have any questions relating to roll cage injuries, claims or relevant legislation.
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In this guide, we will take you through everything you need to know if you have a roll cage accident injury and need more advice about making a claim. You may have suffered your accident at work, or whilst out as a member of the public. We have put together a comprehensive resource covering how trolly accidents happen and how to prevent them, as well as advice on business and employer liabilities. We have also included tips on how to put your claim together and the steps you need to take in order to make a successful claim. We will list all the paperwork you need to collect and the evidence you need for a successful claim.
Whether in a factory or a supermarket, roll cages come in a variety of dimensions. Heights range from 1.55m to 1.83m, so they can often be taller than a fully grown adult. When fully loaded, supermarket roll cages can weigh as much as 500g or more. Those two factors alone mean that a defective roll cage could cause someone a significant injury.
Typical accidents which are caused by factory, warehouse or supermarket roll cages include the following;
- Injuries caused by collisions. Defective trolleys or operators who are not paying due care and attention could easily collide with other staff or members of the public. Collision roll cage injuries include being knocked over by the trolley or being crushed against a third object.
- Strains and sprains. The most common of these are back and arm strains which occur due to moving the roll cage around and trying to control its movement.
- Hands and feet can become trapped, hurt or even crushed. Broken and fractured bones are common roll age injuries.
If you have sustained an injury due to a defective roll cage, operator negligence or other circumstances, you may be able to make a personal injury claim against the owner or another party. Back injuries and strains are common injuries caused by improper usage, instruction or overloading of roll cages. You can find an example of the types injuries which could be caused by roll cages in this excellent resource.
Roll cage accidents caused by faulty wheels can be a big cause of accidents and injuries in both the workplace as well as retail spaces. The Health and Safety Executive has set out guidelines for how wheels and casters should be maintained as well as manual handling guidelines for trolleys, roll cages and wheeled racks. A defective roll cage with either faulty wheels poorly maintained wheels or those which are incorrect for the surface they are being used on. Defective or faulty wheel accidents leading to injury can be caused by things such as a wheel becoming jammed or falling off.
Other incidents can be caused by a wheel falling off, resulting in a roll cage tipping or collapsing, either on the operator or others around them. Roll cage injuries in these cases can be caused by the roll cage tipping onto a person or falling stock hitting the operator and those around them. In these incidences, we can use Regulation 5 of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 as a supporting argument in your case.
There are several main places where roll cage accidents can happen. These include supermarkets, warehouses and storage areas, and factories.
Supermarket roll cages and accidents
Supermarket roll cage injury claims cover two types of client. The first group is supermarket employees, the second are customers. If you are a supermarket employee who suffers a roll cage accident injury you could make a personal injury claim. This would come under your employer’s liability insurance.
Employees: If it was a defective roll cage, you will then have a strong compensation claim. If the cage is broken and you are injured, you will have a strong claim. The previously mentioned Regulation 5 of the PUWER legislation can form a strong basis when making this kind of compensation claim. The regulation helps to impose strict liabilities on employers in these situations. This means that even if there wasn’t a way to prevent the cage from breaking or a fault from happening, they are still responsible for injuries sustained by employees.
Another common cause of a retail or supermarket roll cage injury is employee negligence. If your injury is the result of an accident caused by other employees dangerously stocking the cage too high, or incorrectly. Though it was caused by an employee, their negligence falls on the employer under an argument of vicarious liability.
Customers: If you are a customer injured in a supermarket or other retail environment it would probably be something you do not expect. Common causes of customers being injured include stock falling from a cage whilst the customer is walking past or simply employees hitting a customer with a roll cage. In these cases, you should have a strong compensation claim. The same vicarious liability argument which can be applied to employee-employee situations can be applied here.
Warehouse roll cage accidents
Warehouses can be filled with a variety of different hazards. Roll cages are commonly used in the foods and drinks industries, meaning they will have a heavy load which could cause serious injury to those operating the roll cage or who are around it, if the proper safety precautions and handling guidelines are not followed.
Factory roll cage accidents
Factory roll cage accidents can occur in similar ways to those in retail and warehouse environments. Typically we may be able to apply the same legislation and regulations to these cases as to warehouse and retail/ supermarket claims.
Two of the most common and significant factors in accidents involving roll cages in the UK are firstly drivers falling from their vehicle whilst loading or unloading a roll cage, and secondly, roll cages falling from delivery vehicles. During a four year period in the UK, there were 59 accidents reported in these two categories alone. Of these, 18 were defined as major accidents.
In many cases, the leading cause of the accident was one or more cages moving in an uncontrolled way during loading or unloading. Other factors which have been identified as potential causes are the roll cages moving about during transit. This can unbalance the cage, upset the load or already partially knock them over. Roll cages which have moved about during transit may be resting against another cage or even against the door, making them very dangerous. They also may simply have become unstable during transit.
Starting a roll cage accident at work claim can be easy once you have found the right solicitor to work with. In fact, finding the right person to work on your case can often be the most stressful part of your post-injury experience. You should choose a reputable legal firm which has experience and expertise in the personal injury sector.
To win your claim for compensation or damages after a roll cage accident at work you will need to prove that your warehouse roll cage accident was caused by negligence or defective equipment, You will also need to show that the accident has resulted in an injury of some kind. The general principle is that you need to be able to show that you have suffered an injury which is not your fault.
In order to make a successful claim, you need to gather together the following information and documentation for your solicitor to review and determine whether you have a strong case;
- Basic personal information including your name, proof of your address and date of birth.
- As much information you can provide about the accident itself. Also, include any relevant information on the circumstances which could have caused the accident. Include things like maintenance practices and logs if possible.
- As specific as possible, include details about where, when and how the incident occurred.
Information on your injury. What type of injury did your accident cause? How serious was this and how has it affected you? Do you already have medical notes from any examinations? If not, make sure to see a doctor and get a full examination as quickly as possible.
- The name and contact details of the company you work for or employer.
- Further medical information such as any notes from any EMT’s, local hospital or your GP surgery.
- Proof of any loss of earnings if you had to take time off.
These are the next steps that you should take if you have an injury caused by any kind of roll cage accident.
Firstly you need to get answers. Before you start your claim, make sure you are armed with as much information about the process and culpability of the future defendant as possible. Having the right answers will help you to make a more informed choice later. You can use resources, such as www.LegalExpert.co.uk as well as contacting us via our live web chat.
Next, you should compare legal services. Today many solicitors are willing to work on a no win no fee basis. The most important question to ask early on is what their fee will be if they win your case? What will they charge to take a fee from your compensation? Choosing the right solicitor can also affect how much compensation you may end up receiving.
Our specialized team of personal injury and accident claims solicitors has many years of experience in processing even the most complicated personal injury claims. Our teams can help you gather together all the evidence needed, getting the correct medical reports as well as making sure that you have all the correct paperwork that you need to make a claim. They will also make sure it is all correctly filled out.
Next, we will ensure that everything is done by our team to ensure that you can spend your time resting, relaxing and recuperating. Roll cage accidents can be extremely serious and in the most serious cases, even fatal. We will ensure that we provide you with a hassle-free service and that you are cared for at every step of the process. We can work with you, providing our services on a no win, no fee basis.
We will start by offering you confidential and commitment-free legal advice. We can assess your case before discussing whether to proceed. We work with you to make sure that you will know the merits of your case. We will also take you through all the likely outcomes before you proceed. Choosing a solicitor to work with can be the hard work. After this, you can sit back and relax.
Any solicitor or doctor will be able to tell you that no two accidents or injuries are the same. Estimating your compensation claim at an early stage can be difficult. Whilst two incidents or injuries may look similar on paper, they can, in fact, be very different in real life. Two identical injuries can affect different people in different ways.
Your claim could also be affected by your medical notes as well as the long-term prognosis from your doctor. Below is a table of compensation amounts compiled from historical cases.
Roll cage compensation table
|Part of Body||Mild - Serious||Amount of Compensation||Comment - estimates are given depending on the type and severity of the injury.|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious - Moderate||£6,250 - £9,750||Damage to tissue in the neck and shoulders, restricting movement in the arm or elbow for quite a while.|
|Hand Injury||Extremely Serious||£46,300 - £151,250||Compensation varies with severity. It can include both hands, a single hand amputation or the loss of use of one or both hands.|
|Back Injury||Serious-Moderate||£30,750 - £8,750||Compensation amounts may cover damage to either ligaments or soft tissues in the back. It can also cover constant back pain and /or discomfort.|
|Knee Injury||Serious-Moderate||£20,250 - £33,200||Higher payouts are awarded to disabilities such as muscular and cartilage damage and soft tissue damage. Claims also cover pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Mild Injury||£4,500 - £30,250||This amount covers injuries such as restricted movement and/ or disability over the arms. It covers injuries which will get better.|
|Neck Injury||Mild Injury||£1,800 - £ 6,200||This covers injuries akin to whiplash. Payments depend on the severity and long term prognosis.|
|Finger Injury||Severe - Mild||£375 - £69,330||This covers injuries such as the amputation of one or more fingers through to broken fingers that will make a complete recovery.|
|Foot Injury||Extremely Serious||£64,000 - £152,750||Higher payouts cover the amputation of both or one feet. These are severe injuries which affect a person’s life.|
|Back Injury||Mild Injury||£350 -£9,850||This covers strains, soft tissue damage, muscle pain and slipped discs.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe - Mild||£2,550 - £44,500||Ranging from wrist damage which will recover through to full loss of wrist functions.|
Remember, until all the evidence has been collected, it is difficult to provide you with a realistic estimate of the amount of compensation you could be awarded.
After reviewing all the evidence and information on your claim, the next step will be to start your case. This means getting the right solicitor. Filing your roll cage accident claim can be a very stressful process. We aim to make it as stress-free as possible with everything from guides like this to free consultations. We can chat to you over the phone to start to get a clear picture of your case and whether you are likely to have a good claim. If your supermarket roll cage injury is causing you pain we will also ensure you receive the medical attention and diagnosis you need. This will also help us to diagnose the full extent of your injuries, which can help your case.
Our clients choose to work with our expert solicitors at Legal Expert for many reasons. We can work with you to offer a complete range of legal services and advice. We can help you benefit from our informed and experienced, highly professional legal experts. We can offer you a free consultation to help you establish whether you have a likely claim or not. At Legal Expert, we have always strived to provide our clients with a friendly, professional and ethical service. We aim to support people who have suffered an injury as a result of a roll cage accident. Taking advantage of our no win no fee agreement and our commitment to fighting your case can help you get the compensation you deserve.
In recent years there have been a lot of adverts on TV, the radio in newspapers and online advertising no win no fee legal services which promise to help you make a claim without having to pay upfront for solicitors fees. This also means that if you are not awarded anything, you won’t have to pay any legal or solicitors fees. You only pay if you win.
No win no fee legal agreements are also known as ‘conditional fee agreements’. These are a contract between you and your solicitor. They were created to help you make a compensation claim without having to worry about costs and fees, or having to take out loans to pay for it all. The agreement will specify what you need to pay if you win and that you are not liable for any payments of you do not.
For many people, not having to pay any legal fees up front means that the risk of making a roll cage accident claim is much reduced. If you lose your supermarket roll cage accident claim you won’t end up out of pocket. These conditional agreements don’t have any hidden charges or fees. They mean you know exactly what you are signing up to. There are some cases which might not be appropriate for no win no fee agreements and being offered this type of agreement is subject to a solicitor taking on your case.
We have developed our no win no fee service to help anyone who needs to get their roll cage accident claim heard and with access to the right kind of legal representation and legal services. Find more information on why our no win no fee services could be right for you here.
At Legal Expert we regularly handle all kinds of roll cage accident claims, whether you are a retail, warehouse or factory employee or were injured whilst shopping, we have the advice you require. We can organize a free consultation session for you to talk over the phone with one of our experts.
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