As a Fort Worth workplace injury lawyer, I know that forklift injuries are very common in construction zones and in work and industrial settings in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, forklifts cause more than 90,000 injuries annually in the United States. If you've been injured, call a Dallas-Fort Woth personal injury lawyer at 817-294-1900.
Forklift accidents leave catastrophic injuries that can lead to loss of quality of life and even death.
Do you have a forklift injury lawsuit? Call the Anderson Law Firm in Fort Worth
Negligence is often the cause of forklift accidents. You may have a forklift accident claim if you were injured because of one or more of the following:
- Bad Forklift Driving-Many forklift operators make mistakes when operating their forklifts-and these mistake kead to other people being ran over or items being pushed over on top of people. Just like car wrecks, forklift wrecks are usually caused by driver negligence or driver inattention.
- Defective product - Forklift rollovers are the leading cause of forklift injuries. Defective forklifts can lead to roll over accidents and cause many other safety hazards.
- Lack of operator training - Under OSHA requirements, forklift operators must be 18 years of age or older and they must successfully complete OSHA forklift training requirements.
- Improper forklift maintenance - Forklifts must be maintenanced regularly. The brakes, steering, transmission and hydraulic systems of forklifts should be checked routinely for malfunctions.
- Improper workplace design - Seven percent of forklift accidents are caused by improper workplace design like crowded or narrow aisles, high levels of foot traffic, vision obstruction and other workplace conditions such as light and noise.
Although most forklift injury cases involve workers compensation, there have been large lawsuit awards made for forklift accidents caused by co-workers who are employed by third parties. Also, even if you are covered by worker's comp, you might be able to make a separate personal injury claim If the forklift operator is employed by a different employer than you are.
If you were hurt in a forklift accident, please call the Anderson Law Firm in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900 to set up your free case consultation. We'll go over the events of your forklift accident and explore your legal options.
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