Common Forklift Injuries and Why You Need a Lawyer

Sep 27, 2019

Forklifts are dangerous pieces of machinery to be on or around. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, almost 40,000 people are seriously injured in forklift accidents every year. Nearly 100 others die in them. The most dangerous type of forklift accident is when one overturns. These rollovers account for 24% of all forklift accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 80% of all forklift accidents involve pedestrians getting hit.

Common Forklift Accidents
The Levitsky Law Firm is an accident law firm in Brooklyn NY. As per it’s Brighton Beach work injury lawyers, most forklift accidents are attributable to operator error. Here are a few examples of such accidents:

  • Forklifts overturning.
  • Being struck between a forklift and a hard surface.
  • Falls from platforms on forks.
  • Being struck from above by falling inventory or material.
  • Forklifts being driven off of loading docks.

Common Injuries from Forklift Accidents
A forklift can travel at up to 18 mph, and they can weigh three times as much as a small car. Here are some common injuries that are suffered in forklift accidents:

  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Multiple crush fractures.
  • Damage to vital organs.
  • Damage to vertebrae, spinal discs and spinal nerves.
  • Joint injuries.

Whether you’re filing a workers’ compensation claim, a lawsuit or both, navigating the rules and procedures that you must follow is a complex task. Forklift injuries are often severe, so the damages are usually substantial. You can expect that the opposing insurance company will vigorously defend any workers’ compensation claim or lawsuit. Without an experienced and effective attorney representing you, mistakes will be made by you that will devalue your claim. If you were injured in a forklift accident in any of New York’s boroughs, contact the Brighton Beach work injury lawyers at the Levitsky Law Firm to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. It’s the objective of our accident law firm in Brooklyn NY to obtain the maximum compensation for you that you deserve.