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5-Figure Compensation For Forklift Fatality

23 May 2016

men operating forklift in factory

A five-figure settlement was awarded to the father of a man tragically killed in a workplace accident when his forklift truck overturned.

Slater and Gordon Lawyer: Matthew Tomlinson is a senior personal injury solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Sheffield.

Settlement: Five figure settlement.

What Happened: Our client was acting on behalf of his son, who was involved in a tragic accident at work when he reversed his forklift truck and collided with a concrete step, which caused the machine to overturn.

Impact: He was trapped by the waist, causing fatal injuries.

How Slater and Gordon Helped: We provided support to the deceased’s family and advice of how a civil claim could be progressed. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and were intent on raising issues of contributory negligence against the deceased. We managed our client’s expectations and a made a sensible part 36 offer to put pressure on the defendants to try and minimise the family’s suffering.

Decision: An overall five-figure settlement was reached after commencement of proceedings.

Related Practice Areas:

Personal injury

Workplace accident claims

Serious injury claims

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