The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that “workers who operate or work near forklifts may be struck or crushed by the machine or the load being handled.” A forklift accident can cause crushing injuries, broken bones, spinal cord damage, and death. There are a number of safety precautions that should be followed, but accidents still happen when forklifts are being operated.
After a forklift injury or fatality, victims or their family members should consider speaking with a forklift injuries lawyer about their legal rights. Texas law protects workers who get hurt on the job, as well as anyone who is injured by product defects or negligence. You may have multiple different legal options for recovering compensation and the Loewy Law Firm can help you protect your legal rights and put together a claim that maximizes your chances of recovering full compensation.
Forklift Injury Risks
Forklift injuries generally occur when:
- A forklift overturns
- A worker who is nearby on foot is hit by the forklift
- An individual is crushed by a forklift
- Someone who is on a forklift falls off of it
- A driver is ejected from a forklift
When these injuries happen, it is important to determine who was at fault. The accident may be blamed on the driver of the forklift, or may have occurred because the forklift was designed without proper safety features. Unsafe components may have been used, or the forklift may not have been maintained properly.
Whenever the forklift or its components are defective, a product liability lawsuit can be filed to recover compensation from the manufacturer. There is no requirement to prove negligence in product liability cases if the forklift defect was the direct cause of the damage.
Other types of forklift accident claims can be more complicated. If you were covered by workers’ compensation, you won’t be able to sue an employer but you can make a workers’ comp claim. There may also be other third parties like project managers who are responsible for the accident. The Loewy Law Firm will help you identify all possible parties responsible and assist in taking all legal actions that can make it possible for you to recover compensation.
Getting Help After a Forklift Accident
Attorney Adam Loewy is an accomplished personal injury lawyer in Austin with a focus on construction accidents. He brings extensive experience with forklift accidents to your case, and he has recovered more than $40 million for injured clients. When you place your trust in the Loewy Law Firm to represent you after your injuries, you can be confident that you’ll get personalized one-on-one attention from a compassionate and experienced lawyer who cares about your case outcome. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.