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Forklift Accident Law Library

August 14, 2017
by Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP

Forklift accidents are one of the most common types of work accidents across the U.S., mostly because forklifts are used in a wide variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, warehousing, etc. Forklift accidents also result in some of the most serious injuries and in the worst cases, result in fatalities.

This forklift accident law library is provided by the work accident lawyers at Laffey, Bucci & Kent. The law info below is for information only and is no substitute for legal advice. To discuss your specific case, contact our forklift accident lawyers.

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NJ Forklift Accident Case Study: In a recent forklift accident case at a marine terminal in NJ, a worker was struck by a forklift and dragged for several feet. He sustained catastrophic leg injuries and pelvis. He barely survived. A lawsuit was filed against the port operator, and ultimately a $2.75 million dollar settlement was reached.

Liability for a Forklift Accident

Forklift forks warehouseForklift accidents are one of the most common types of work accidents in New Jersey. In the aftermath of a forklift accident, it is crucial to be able to examine the cause of the accident in order to preserve the legal rights of the injured worker. Multiple parties may be liable for a forklift accident at work, such as forklift operating companies, forklift manufacturers, etc. In this October 2015 article, our work injury lawyers discuss forklift accidents and liability laws in New Jersey.

Legal Rights to Compensation

Workers injured in forklift accidents need to know about their legal rights to compensation. After all, forklift accidents cause severe injuries such as crushed limbs. Getting compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering requires a look at the forklift itself to determine how and why the accident occurred. Bringing a work accident lawsuit for injuries sustained in a forklift accident can help ensure financial security for seriously injured workers.

Statute of Limitations Laws in Forklift Injury Cases at Work

Legal claims for forklift accidents must be filed within the applicable state’s statute of limitations laws. Time and time again, our work injury lawyers see injured workers wait too long to assert their legal rights. Many workers often ask whether it is too late to file their work injury claim for a forklift accident case. In most instances, a work injury lawsuit for a forklift accident must be filed within 2 years of the date of the accident. There are some exceptions, depending on the type of claim being filed. Some states have longer statute of limitations periods for specific claims such as defective product claims.

Negligence Lawsuits in Work Related Forklift Accident Cases

Negligence claims are very common in forklift accidents at work. Legal claims may be filed against non-employer parties such as forklift operators, forklift maintenance contractors and even forklift manufacturers. Forklift turn over accidents can occur due to malfunction, in which case, the forklift manufacturer could be held liable. In some situations, an employer may be held liable for a forklift accident, depending on the laws of the state.

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  • Injured in a Forklift Accident? Talk to a Forklift Accident Lawyer Financial losses after a forklift accident are often devastating for an injured worker and their family. Individuals who are injured in forklift accidents, including bystanders, often sustain limb crush injuries, head injuries and spinal injuries. Deaths also occur. An experienced work accident lawyer who has handled forklift cases will be able to review the facts and determine whether the injured worker will be able to obtain financial recovery over and above workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Forklift Accident Law – Construction Site Operator Liability in PA Because forklifts are used widely on all types of construction sites like residential sites or large commercial sites, general or prime contractors must be prepared. Employees who operate forklifts must maintain their certifications and refresher training. However, forklift operators rarely do. Employers often ignore critical OSHA regulations in favor of cutting time. In some instances, a general contractor may be held liable under Pennsylvania law.
  • What to Know About Forklift Accident Lawsuits in Pennsylvania or New Jersey The vast majority of workers injured in forklift accidents in Pennsylvania or New Jersey are completely unaware of their legal rights to obtain compensation by filing a forklift accident or work injury lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit against the correct parties helps to ensure a seriously injured worker’s financial security. When serious injuries like career-ending arm or leg injuries occur, this is critically important.
  • Forklift Accident Lawsuit Claims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania Legal claims involving PIT or powered industrial trucks, i.e., forklifts, are one of the most common types of work injury claims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Whether it’s a forklift accident at a loading dock or a crush accident at a factory, forklift accident lawsuit claims are often successful. The key is getting evidence at the outset. It is crucial to identity how and why the accident occurred.

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Forklift Accident FAQs

  • Who is liable for a forklift accident? Question: I was injured in a forklift accident at work. Who is liable for the accident? Answer: Multiple parties may be liable for a forklift accident including property owners, contractors, subcontractors and forklift manufacturing companies. There are a variety of legal claims which may be brought, which include negligence, strict liability, defective products and more. The key is getting an investigation underway as soon as it is practically possible after the accident occurs. Evidence can be preserved, which will make a legal claim easier to pursue.
  • I was in a forklift accident at work in Pennsylvania. What are my rights? Answer: Workers in the state of Pennsylvania who are injured at work in forklift accidents have two main legal options. First, a workers’ compensation claim, if approved, will pay medical expenses and provide indemnity (wage loss) in the event of a permanent or temporary disability from work. Second, a work injury lawsuit may be filed against non-employer parties for negligence or fault.
  • Can a Pennsylvania worker file a forklift accident lawsuit? Under Pennsylvania law, workers injured in forklift accidents have legal rights to file lawsuits. Usually, non-employer parties can be held liable for a forklift accident. Although, it is important to note that in some instances, an employer can be held liable. These kinds of claims are completely separate from any workers’ compensation claims.

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