Vicarious Liability for a Forklift Truck Accident

If you are injured due to the negligence of an employee or colleague you don’t want to have to go to the trouble of bringing a claim against the individual; chances are they won’t have the money to cover your losses and costs anyway. Fortunately you can bring the claim against their employer if they were acting in the course of their employment when the accident happened. This is due to what is known as vicarious liability.

Vicarious liability is a legal concept that basically means an employer is responsible for the negligent actions of their staff so that if one of their employees has an accident and causes injury or loss to someone else then the employer, or more usually their insurers, will pick up the tab and pay your damages.

This may seem a bit unfair on the employer but it does ensure that the injured party is able to bring a claim against someone who has the money to pay for any compensation.

The employer is not responsible for every action of their staff, for instance if an employee was to go out to the pub on a Friday night and get into a fight then they would not be liable; there has to be a link between their job and the incident/accident.

If you are involved in an accident with someone driving a forklift truck then the chances are they will be doing so in the course of their employment. You will have a high chance of bringing a successful claim for both:

  • your injuries (known as ‘general damages’)
  • your financial losses (known as ‘special damages’)

If you think you may have a claim against an employer, it need not be your employer, then get in touch with us today and we can advise you on the strength of your claim – all advice is free and there is no obligation to instruct us to deal with the matter.

  • To get your claim started or to have a chat to see what we can do to help, get in touch with us today:
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