Forklift Accidents

A forklift accident may sound like a rare occurrence, but many of us see forklifts on a daily basis because they are crucial to so many different construction projects. These incidents are actually quite common; from 2011 to 2017, there were more than 60,000 forklift-related injuries and 614 forklift-related fatalities in the U.S. That’s more than 8,500 injuries per year and more than 1.6 fatalities per week.

Forklifts are incredibly powerful machines. That’s why even workers who were non-fatally injured in forklift accidents required (in 2017, on average) 13 days off from work to recuperate. Pedestrians required 20 days on average. These numbers are significantly higher than the median of eight days off for workplace injuries in general.

Forklift injuries are common, and they can be severe. If you were injured in a forklift-related accident — whether you were operating the forklift or not — you may be able to recover significant financial compensation. Keep reading to learn how a Morgan & Morgan personal injury lawyer can help.

Causes of Forklift Accidents

For the forklift operators, other onsite workers, and any pedestrians or drivers in the area, forklifts present a unique set of risks because of their incredible size and weight. Some common causes of forklift accidents include:

  • Operator inattention and/or inexperience
  • Lack of operator training
  • Faulty or poorly maintained machinery
  • Lack of hazard warnings or markings
  • Excessive speed
  • Improper turns
  • Unstable and/or elevated load
  • Dangerously laid-out workplace

Types of Forklift Accidents

Most forklift accidents fall into one of the following categories:

  • Non-roadway incidents involving motorized vehicles
  • Roadway incidents involving pedestrian vehicles
  • Struck by powered non-transport vehicle
  • Struck by falling object or equipment
  • Fall from forklift
  • Caught in, compressed, or crushed by forklift (often after a forklift has overturned)

Forklift Accident Injuries

As noted earlier, forklift-related injuries often knock a person out of commission for 2-4 weeks (or more). These are some of the most common injuries that occur in these cases:

  • Broken bones
  • Ligament damage
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Head injury/concussion
  • Internal bleeding
  • Death

Proving Negligence

If you were injured in a forklift accident and believe the forklift’s operator, manufacturer, or another party was at fault, you might be wondering how to go about proving it. “Negligence” is the legal term for liability or responsibility in an accident. Proving liability generally involves satisfying the following criteria:

  • The other party owed you a duty of care. They were responsible for operating the machinery (the forklift or another vehicle) in a safe manner, and they failed to do so.
  • They breached their duty. The other party breached their legal obligation to avoid harming you.
  • Their breach caused the accident. The other party’s actions were responsible for the accident, making them legally liable.
  • There were losses suffered as a result. The other party’s actions caused you injury (physical or emotional) and/or property damage.

Potential Damages

If you or a loved one were injured in a forklift accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for:

  • Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
  • Past, current, and future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical therapy
  • Loss of life’s enjoyment
  • Funeral expenses

Speak to a Forklift Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a forklift accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Morgan & Morgan. Our highly skilled attorneys can review the facts of your case to determine liability for your injury and help you collect financial compensation during this difficult time. To date, we have recovered more than $9 billion for our clients.

Best of all, we work on a contingency fee basis, so there’s no cost to get started, and we get paid only if you win. To learn more, schedule a free case evaluation now.

Client Testimonial Videos

Claude M.
Auto Accident
Susan Y.
Auto Accident
Dawn P.
Auto Accident
Georgia J.
General Injury
Thomas T.
Cast Iron Pipes
Sarah E.
Auto Accident
Kathy S.
Medical Malpractice
Former Client
Auto Accident
Michele W.
Slip and Fall
Salvador R.
Auto Accident
Monty W.
Workers' Compensation
Christine C.
Medical Malpractice
Lafayette H.
Veterans Disability
Mike and Lynette R.
Hurricane Insurance
Omar R.
Auto Accident
Robert S.
Social Security
Howard W.
Auto Accident
Madeline A.
Hurricane Insurance
Lisa G.
Auto Accident
Lynn K.
Mesothelioma
Alfred H.
Veterans Disability
Antonia C.
Slip and Fall

Free Forklift Accidents Case Review

Share your experience and we will call you

or Call Now Phone

By submitting you agree to our Terms & Privacy Policy.

John Morgan