FORKLIFT INJURIES | WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS | INJURED WORKERS
From factories, to warehouses, construction sites and supermarkets, the use of forklifts across our state is rampant. With the ability to move heavy weight and large loads of material, forklifts are vital tools in the everyday workplace of many Americans. Utilizing heavy powerful equipment, like forklifts, at work is risky business. Forklift accidents may lead to serious consequences such as concussions, broken bones, or even spinal cord injuries. If you are injured in a forklift accident, please call an experienced forklift accident attorney at Massey & Duffy, PLLC.
Forklifts Accidents Can be Devastating
Forklift injuries can happen in a flash. Some of the causes include:
- Forklifts may tip from overloading weight limits
- A significant number of forklift accidents involve employees or pedestrians being hit by a forklift
- Injuries can occur if a load falls off the forklift
- Accidents happen when forklifts are utilized to elevate people
- Forklifts may be driven off loading docks or ramps and cause injury
- Chance of accident increases when improper or no forklift maintenance occur
- Improper workplace design may lead to accidents such as vision obstructions, navigating through narrow or crowded aisles, noise or light distractions
- Lack of proper training could lead to accidents
The forklift, the operator and the workplace environment all play a part in accidents and injuries. Many employers and employees are not aware of the safety procedures or the proper use of forklifts, increasing the likelihood of injury or death. Poorly trained operators may not be aware that they should avoid turning on grades, ramps or inclines. Untrained operators may not know to stay with the forklift if a tip over occurs.
OSHA requires forklift operators to be 18 years of age or older and to be properly trained. OSHA has specific training requirements that the forklift operator must satisfy. The specific training requirements vary depending on whether the forklift operator is loading and unloading product, is working with hazardous materials, or is performing maintenance on the forklift. To safely operate a forklift, please visit the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration site for additional tips and statistics.
If you are injured in a forklift accident, contact the attorneys at Massey & Duffy, PLLC for your free consultation today. The Florida forklift accident attorneys at Massey & Duffy, PLLC represent victims and their families who have been injured in an accident. Throughout Gainesville and North Florida our legal experts work to help people put their lives back together and recover financial compensation. We take the time to fully understand all aspects and locate all factors which contributed to the accident in order to determine which parties should be held liable. Rest assured that our residential complex lawyers will listen carefully and review the unique circumstances of your case and the future consequences of all injuries before filing a claim for damages.
Forklift Accident Attorneys
As part of our commitment to our clients, we always provide personalized and caring service. At the law firm of Massey & Duffy, we have a philosophy of respect and integrity coupled with an uncompromising pursuit of justice. These values are demonstrated every day in the way we practice law. Our clients can rest assured that we will represent them aggressively and with the compassion that they deserve. If you have a legal issue, please contact our Gainesville Florida lawyers today. Our lawyers represent people with all degrees of injury, from soft-tissue to serious and catastrophic injuries, as well as wrongful death.
Our attorneys understand that there is no amount of money that can compensate a family for the loss of a loved one. In a wrongful death claim, these damages can be substantial. They can include not merely reimbursement for medical and hospital bills to care for the deceased victim before his or her death, but also damages for the loss of future income or financial support that the deceased victim would have provided to his or her family if the victim had not died. Additionally, damages for the loss of companionship suffered by a surviving spouse and/or children are also factored in.
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Our firm is founded on a sincere commitment to improving clients’ lives. We understand that in the wake of an accident, life as you know it has been shattered. Our goal is to help you put the pieces back together.
We are not a personal injury mill that emphasizes quantity over quality. Rather, we provide personal attention and superior service for each and every client. When you walk into our office, you will be meeting face to face with an attorney. We will walk you through the process and keep you informed at every step of the way.
We are experienced in handling all types of serious injuries, including head and back injuries. Our lawyers understand what judges and juries look for in these cases, and we have a thorough grasp of effective strategies for maximizing your compensation. Whether your case goes to trial or is resolved through settlement, you can rely on us to place your needs and goals first.