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UK Warehouse Injury Claims

In the UK, warehouse injury claims enable you to recover compensation when you have sustained an injury in a warehouse accident due to the negligence of an employer or one of your colleagues. As warehouse injuries tend to be severe, you should ensure that any warehouse injury compensation claim that is made takes into account the full consequences of your injury and how it has affected your quality of life and financial status. Speak with an experienced warehouse injury claims solicitor on our freephone helpline to find out more about making warehouse injury claims in the UK.

Supermarket Fined for Tesco Worker Foot Accident

January 3, 2014

Tesco has received a substantial fine from Southwark Crown Court after an investigation into a Tesco worker foot accident revealed failings in health and safety procedures.

On 7th August 2009, Mohammed Ferdous (31) was working in the basement of the Tesco Metro store in Victoria, central London, when he was asked to assist with a fresh food delivery. His role involved waiting at the lift entrance in the basement, retrieving cages of food sent down from the street level and returning the empty cages up in the lift.

When the second load descended, Mohammed stepped forward to retrieve the cages and used his right foot as leverage to help him extract them from the lift. Mohammed inadvertently placed his foot into a gap between the floor of the lift and the lift shaft and, when the lift car suddenly shifted down, his foot was crushed by the weight of the lift car.

Colleagues were unable to free Mohammed´s foot for ten minutes, during which time his toes were irreparably damaged and had to be amputated. Mohammed will never be able to walk normally again and was unable to work for more than a year after the accident.

Mohammed made a claim for Tesco worker foot accident injury compensation, which was settled for an undisclosed amount in 2013; however Tesco was prosecuted – along with lift maintenance company Otis – after an investigation into the accident revealed that no maintenance inspections had been conducted on the lift during a nine-month period.

Both Tesco and Otis were charged with contravening health and safety regulations, contrary to Section 33 (1) (c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and, after pleading guilty to the charges, magistrates at Southwark Crown Court fined the supermarket giant £115,000 and Otis £110,000 for their negligence which led to the Tesco worker foot accident.

Speaking after the fines had been administered, Westminster City Council’s food, health and safety manager – James Armitage – said that the Tesco worker foot accident had been “entirely preventable” and would have been avoided if the two companies had “collectively ensured that the lift was properly maintained”.

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Smaller Compensation Claims for Personal Injuries to be Settled Quicker

August 5, 2013

Smaller compensation claims for personal injuries are to be settled quicker following reforms introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Act which came into place on 1st August 2013.

The new Civil Procedure Rules governing court action in England and Wales have been amended in order to reduce the time it takes to settle personal injury claims with a value of up to £25,000 when a single party is responsible for an injury occurring and liability is admitted by their insurance company.

Not all compensation claims for personal injuries fall under the new rules – for example, claims for medical negligence still have to go through a lengthy process – but most claims for personal injuries in road traffic accidents, personal injuries sustained in an accident at work and those acquired in a place of public access (public liability claims) should be settled up to three months quicker than previously.

The reforms are being applied to the Ministry of Justice´s “claims portal” – a database on which solicitors register their clients´ claims – and whereas previously insurance companies could take twenty-one days to acknowledge receipt of a solicitor´s “Letter of Claim”, they now have to act within 24 hours.

Furthermore, insurance companies could previously take 90 days before informing a solicitor whether or not they accepted their policyholder´s responsibility for an accident and injury. They are now allowed only 30 days in the case of claims for personal injuries in road traffic accidents and public liability claims, and 40 days when a claimant has suffered an injury at work due to their employer´s negligence.

Should insurance companies fail to adhere to the new regulations, the claim will be removed from the Ministry of Justice´s claims portal and any increase in costs will have to be assumed by the insurance company irrespective of whether they successfully defend the claim or not.

The new rules apply to compensation claims for personal injuries in which an injury has been diagnosed on or after the 1st August, and only apply to injuries sustained in England and Wales that the claimant was not partly responsible for due to their own lack of care. Further exclusions apply to the reforms applied to compensation claims for personal injuries and therefore it is always in your best interests to discuss the nature of your accident and injury with a solicitor at the first moment possible.

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