Legal Assistance After A Forklift Accident
Forklifts are involved in only 1% of all factory and warehouse accidents, but they account for 10% of all injuries. They are the tugboats of the material handling industry, compact but powerful enough to move cargo much bigger than themselves.
Forklift accidents are attributed to poor operator training, defective machinery and unsafe conditions, including poor ventilation. A forklift may go as fast as 8 mph, but they are not safe at that speed. There are several reasons for forklift accidents, including:
- Shifting freight
- Objects tumbling off the lift
- Exceeding the load limit
- Carrying the load too high off the ground
- Going in forward down a slope with a full load and tipping
- Impalement by the fork
- The vehicle backing into other workers
- The forklift becoming unbalanced and tipping over
Operators of gas-powered forklifts are also susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Contact Us After A Forklift Accident
If you are planning to file a workers’ compensation claim for your forklift work injury, or if you have already had your claim refused, you will obtain the best results by working with an experienced, knowledgeable Kansas City workers’ compensation lawyer. At Mayer & Associates, P.C., our goal is to maximize the workers’ compensation benefits you receive.
Since forklift accidents are often the result of defective machinery, we will explore third-party lawsuits against manufacturers and suppliers for additional damages. For a no-charge, no-obligation case evaluation, call 816-692-2877 or complete our contact form.