Transportation accidents are the most common cause of construction worker death in the United States. Construction vehicles such as forklifts, diggers, excavators, and bulldozers can be deadly if they are not operated properly. If you or a loved one have injuries from a forklift accident, contact the New York City construction accident attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., You could be eligible for compensation.
Forklift accident injury claims in New York City can be difficult as a claimant. Insurance companies are not on your side. Construction site insurance carriers may try to downplay your damages and offer less than your case is worth, or even deny a valid claim to avoid paying you. Your employer might not make it easy to secure compensation, either. Hiring an attorney can help you negotiate a fair and adequate settlement.
If you believe someone’s liability caused your forklift accident, a lawyer can help you explore your options for further compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney can help you determine the defendant, file a claim within the state’s deadline, and prove fault at the jobsite in pursuit of fair financial recovery. Do not try to navigate your injury claim alone while dealing with serious personal injuries. Hire a lawyer for peace of mind.
Forklift accidents happen most often because of equipment misuse. Crucial mistakes on the part of the construction company or the worker operating the forklift can compromise the safety of the job site and put worker lives in danger. Failing to recognize the importance of forklift safety, or ignoring workplace rules, can cause forklift accidents. Common causes include:
A forklift accident can take the form of a vehicle rollover, materials falling on workers, a forklift striking or running over a worker, or a worker being crushed between a forklift and another object or surface. All types of forklift accidents can cause serious worker injuries, including bone fractures, crush injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and neck injuries. Thousands of construction workers suffer serious injuries in forklift accidents every year.
Liability for your forklift accident will come down to the person or entity most at fault for causing your injuries. If a coworker or other construction company employee caused the accident while on duty, the company will be vicariously liable. You could have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a New York City construction company. This is why it is important to speak to an attorney before saying yes to an insurance company.
Liability could also fall to the forklift manufacturer, if a defective vehicle part caused the accident. You may not have to prove fault in a product liability claim involving a forklift. If an unsafe premises contributed to your injuries, your claim could be against the owner of the property. Many claims involve liability on the part of multiple parties, and shared responsibility for damages. Contact a lawyer about who could be liable for your specific forklift accident.
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., has a wide range of experience representing victims of construction site accidents, including forklift and transportation injuries. If you or a loved one has injuries from a forklift accident in New York City, request a free consultation today.