Forklift Accidents

Forklift Accident Attorneys

Forklifts are used in many different situations. You can see them at the supermarket, on construction sites, at the train station, at a department or big box store, in a factory or warehouse, and many other locations. They are relatively small and easy to maneuver, making them very useful for picking up pallets and other loads. Because of their convenience and small size, forklifts are the first choice when moving small to moderate loads in crowded spaces.

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Given their popularity, it is not surprising that forklifts cause numerous injuries and even deaths. If you were injured in a forklift accident, it is important to find out about your legal options. If another party’s negligence caused the injuries, you may be eligible to file a claim or lawsuit seeking compensation. To learn whether you are eligible after a construction accident, contact the experienced attorneys at the law firm of Proner & Proner. Schedule a free initial consultation and find out how they can help you.

Causes of Forklift Accidents

Injuries occur both to workers driving forklifts and those near a forklift, either other workers or members of the public. Accidents happen when:

  • A driver operates a forklift in a negligent manner, driving too fast or not picking up the load correctly.
  • Workers fail to immobilize a truck trailer that is being loaded or unloaded by a forklift. The trailer could move, or the driver could pull out with the forklift still entering or exiting the trailer.
  • An operator fails to conduct an inspection before driving the forklift.
  • Employers fail to remove defective equipment that is awaiting repair.
  • A manufacturer sells equipment that is defective in design or is manufactured with defective components that create safety hazards.
  • Employers or employees remove safety features that can prevent injury.
  • Employers fail to require employees to wear safety gear such as helmets that can prevent major injuries.

Examples of Forklift Accidents

An overturning forklift can leave a driver with serious crush injuries as well as brain and spinal cord injuries. A dropped load due to improper pickup can fall on someone nearby. A forklift can overturn because of careless operation or because of hazards left in its path. Defective or poorly maintained components can prevent a forklift from stopping or turning properly, putting both the driver and those nearby at risk.

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To learn whether you could be eligible to receive compensation after a forklift injury, call today or fill out the online contact form to contact the lawyers at Proner & Proner.

Attorney Mitchell Proner serves clients throughout New York State and Connecticut, and he also handles cases throughout the United States.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.