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New York Forklift Accident Lawyers

Talented Construction Accident Lawyers Advocate for Forklift Accident Victims’ Rights Throughout NYC

You exercise caution every day on the job site, and yet it happened anyway—you were injured in a forklift accident at work.  This scenario is all too common throughout NYC. In most cases, someone else’s negligence was responsible for your accident and injuries and you deserve compensation.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a forklift accident, you need the best legal advice possible.  The legal team at Proner & Proner has successfully helped hundreds of accident victims recover compensation over the 50 years that we have been practicing law in New York City.  We pride ourselves on providing aggressive, intelligent legal help for our clients and are here to help in your case. 

We’ve already won over $400 million in compensation for accident victims in New York.  Let us add your name to our list of satisfied clients. Your initial consultation with our experienced construction accident lawyers is free.  You have nothing to lose by speaking with our lawyers, so call or contact our office today for your free case evaluation.

Common Causes of Forklift Accidents in New York City Work Sites

As forklifts are both large in size and heavy, the injuries caused by forklift accidents are frequently severe.  Our experienced labor accident lawyers have effectively helped clients recover compensation for injuries sustained in forklift accidents caused by:

  • Improper workplace design for the use of forklifts,
  • The forklift operator’s failure to see another worker or a third party,
  • Forklifts that are driven from loading docks because of a mistake made by the operator or negligence of a supervisor,
  • Improper training or supervision of the forklift operator,
  • A forklift load that is elevated too high,
  • Improper turning or overloading of the forklift, which can cause the vehicle to tip over,
  • A forklift operator who was driving too fast,
  • Back-up collisions,
  • Design defects in the forklift or its components,
  • Forklift falls between the loading dock and an unsecured trailer,
  • Failure to properly inspect and maintain the forklift.

Forklifts—while useful—also present inherent dangers in the workplace and are a frequent cause of work accidents.  In fact, OSHA imposes strict safety requirements to help ensure the safe operation of forklifts to prevent accidents at work.  For example, workers must be at least 18 to operate a forklift. All forklift operators are required to receive proper training before operating the vehicle.

Unfortunately, failure to adhere to proper safety standards is a common cause of forklift accidents on New York work sites.  Because the injuries caused by dangerous forklifts are often serious, it’s valuable to consult with a skilled construction accident lawyer.  Our lawyers are here to help with every aspect of your case to recover the most compensation possible, so call us today.

Experienced Forklift Accident Lawyers at Proner & Proner Are Driven to Get Results for NYC Accident Victims

Regardless of who or what caused your forklift accident, at Proner & Proner, our labor accident lawyers are committed to getting the fair compensation you deserve.  Whether the cause of your accident is straightforward or complex, we’re here to help. When you retain our services, we will:

  • Review all accident reports,
  • Interview other workers and eyewitnesses,
  • Obtain and evaluate information about how the forklift was inspected and maintained,
  • Review training procedures to determine whether the forklift operator was properly trained,
  • Investigate to locate all third parties who may be responsible,
  • Communicate with your employer, negligent third parties and the insurance companies,
  • File all necessary paperwork and evidence on your behalf.

Our construction accident lawyers are trained in handling these types of work accident cases.  We know what to expect from the process and will make sure you understand every aspect of your case.  Workers’ compensation benefits should be available for your work accident, and we’ll fight to get benefits for:

  • Medical bills,
  • A portion of your lost wages,
  • Short-term disability,
  • Long-term or permanent disability if necessary.

Where a third-party lawsuit is an option in your case, in addition to your workers’ compensation, we will also fight to recover monetary damages for:

  • All unreimbursed medical expenses,
  • The cost of future medical care,
  • Rehab and physical therapy expenses,
  • The cost of home modifications and in-home assistance,
  • Lost wages and employment benefits, including union benefits,
  • Your lost future earning potential,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • Loss of quality of life,
  • Monetary damages for wrongful death.

At Proner & Proner, our experienced construction accident lawyers have already established a proven track record of success in NYC.  We’re available any time to talk about your case. Call us today to see how we can help you get the compensation you need.

Call to Speak with Our Award-Winning New York City Forklift Accident Lawyers About Your Case Today

We provide free initial consultations for our potential clients in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and throughout New York City.  If you’re searching for a hard-working, experienced lawyer who will fight tirelessly to protect your legal rights after a forklift accident, look no further.  Call the experienced construction accident lawyers at Proner & Proner, or contact us online today. We’re available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Frequently Asked Questions About Forklift Accident Claims in New York

FAQ: Can I sue my employer for injuries sustained in a forklift accident?  

New York workers’ compensation law protects employers from lawsuits in these cases.  While you can’t usually sue your employer, we may be able to bring a lawsuit against a third party who was negligent.  We can also fight for your right to full workers’ compensation benefits.

FAQ: What if I was partly to blame for the forklift accident?  

You might still be entitled to compensation.  Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, so if you were injured in a work accident, you’re entitled to benefits even if your actions contributed to the accident.  In a lawsuit against a third party, your compensation will likely be reduced based on the amount of fault assigned to you.

FAQ: Can I get workers’ compensation benefits in New York for an injury I sustained in a forklift accident right away?  

There is a seven-day waiting period before workers’ compensation benefits kick in.  However, once your injury causes you to miss those seven days of work, you will receive benefits starting from the day you were injured.  You’ll just receive the benefits for that first week after the initial seven days have passed.

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