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Forklift Accident Lawyer

NEW YORK FORKLIFT ACCIDENT LAWYERS WITH 50 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Our experienced attorneys have been protecting the legal rights of clients in various personal injury cases for over five decades. If you have been injured in a forklift accident, our team at Spat & Bernstein will fight for maximum compensation for your injuries.

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WHY HIRE SPAR & BERNSTEIN FOR A FORKLIFT ACCIDENT?

From slip and fall to construction accidents, product liability and wrongful death, our experienced attorneys will be by your side every step of the way after a forklift accident.

We will define liability, determine how much your case is worth, file your claim or a lawsuit and represent you before third parties.

TYPES OF FORKLIFT ACCIDENTS

Types of forklift accidents include:

  • Overturning forklift accidents: These accidents occur if a forklift tips over as a result of an improperly balanced load, uneven surface or quick turn.
  • Struck-by accidents: These accidents occur when a forklift collides with a person, an object or another vehicle.
  • Falls from heights: These accidents occur when a forklift operator falls from an elevated surface, such as a loading dock.
  • Caught-in accidents: These accidents occur when a person is trapped between a forklift and another surface, whether another vehicle or materials.
  • Falling object accidents: These accidents occur when materials that are improperly secured fall from a forklift and cause injury to the forklift operator or other workers.
  • Mechanical failure accidents: These accidents occur because of mechanical failures, such as brake or hydraulic transmission failures, or steering malfunctions.
  • Unauthorized personnel accidents: These accidents occur when people who are not trained or authorized to operate forklifts attempt to use them, resulting in injuries.

NEW YORK FORKLIFT ACCIDENT REGULATIONS

Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA) Standard For Power Industrial Trucks

This standard defines the requirements for use, design, maintenance and fire protection of fork trucks, such as the design and construction they should follow and the locations where they can be used.

OSHA Standard For Training And Maintenance (29 CFR 1910.178(I))

This standard requires that employers provide forklift operators with training on vehicle operation, inspection and maintenance.

In addition, it states that industrial trucks must be inspected daily before the beginning of each shift. The results of each inspection must be documented in a checklist specifically designed for the respective type of forklift.

Prohibition Against Young Workers Operating Forklifts (29 CFR 570)

This Code of Federal Regulations prohibits employers from assigning non-agricultural forklift operations to employees who are under the age of 18.

WHO IS LIABLE FOR A FORKLIFT ACCIDENT IN NEW YORK?

Depending on the factors that contributed to the forklift accident, liable parties can include:

  • General contractors on a job, or construction site that you were working at may be strictly liable for a forklift accident
  • Supervisors and co-workers, if they contributed to the accident by failing to provide effective communication or directed unsafe actions
  • Manufacturing companies, if the accident was caused by defects in the forklift design or manufacturing
  • Maintenance providers, if the accident was caused by inadequate maintenance
  • Property owners, if the accident occurred because of unsafe working conditions or inadequate safety measures in the facility
  • Contractors or visitors, if their actions or negligence contributed to the forklift accident

COMPENSATION FOR FORKLIFT ACCIDENT INJURIES IN NEW YORK

Medical Expenses

If you suffered injuries as a result of a forklift accident, you have the right to seek compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation and ongoing healthcare costs.

Lost Wages

If you are unable to go back to work for a limited or prolonged period due to injuries sustained in a forklift accident, you can seek compensation for lost income, bonuses and other benefits that you would have earned if not for the accident.

Pain And Suffering

If your mental and emotional condition were negatively affected by a forklift accident, you have the right to pursue non-economic damages for pain and suffering.

Loss Of Consortium

If the injuries you sustained in a forklift accident result in loss of companionship, support and intimacy, you can seek compensation for loss of consortium.

Wrongful Death

If a forklift accident resulted in a fatality and caused the death of your loved one, you can claim damages to cover funeral expenses, loss of financial support and emotional distress.

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