Forklifts are the most commonly used pieces of heavy equipment in many types of manufacturing, transportation and warehousing industries.
They are also commonly involved in serious or fatal work accidents.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports as many as 62,000 work injuries involving forklifts occur each year in the United States, with about half of them resulting in serious injuries. On average, nearly 100 serious forklift injuries occur each day, and about 2 people per week are killed on the job by a forklift.
Those injured in a forklift accident are best served by seeking an immediate consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in New Orleans, Covington or Raceland. Thorough investigation of all of the facts and circumstances of an accident, and a full determination of all damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation, are critical to making a comprehensive claim for damages.
Aside from their common use in many types of businesses, forklifts are often involved in serious and fatal work accidents for a number of reasons:
Common causes of forklift accidents include unsafe operation, poor communication, speeding, overloading, improper backing or turning, inadequate inspection or maintenance, and dangerous or faulty equipment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports top causes of injury include:
A thorough investigation into all of the causes of a forklift accident is best done as soon as possible after injury occurs. Consulting an experienced work injury lawyer in New Orleans is the best thing you can do to protect your rights and the financial well-being of you and your family.
Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation benefits, including:
These benefits should be made available to you regardless of fault. However, that does not mean your insurer will not work to reduce benefits or otherwise limit the cost of a claim. Challenging injuries as pre-existing conditions, limiting treatment or rehabilitation and premature return-to-work orders are all common tactics and may result in permanently reduced or eliminated benefits if not timely challenged by an experienced law firm dedicated to looking out for you at every stage of the process.
If you have been injured, call day or night for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 985-893-6530.
Indemnity/Lost Wages — weekly payments based upon your average weekly wage; you will receive 66% of your average weekly wage capped at a maximum rate
Medical and/or Death — covers all necessary and reasonable medical treatment, including doctors visits, diagnostic tests, hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy, etc.
Mileage Reimbursement — travel related expenses to and from health care provider, pharmacy, etc. Vocational Rehabilitation program designed to retrain you in an attempt to return you to work for your previous employer, or find new work.