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.