Forklifts are essential tools used at many construction sites and warehouses in Florida. Also known as powered industrial trucks, they enable workers to raise, lower, and move many construction materials, tools, boxes, and other objects.
Forklifts can also be dangerous, and cause many workers’ injuries and deaths.
If you suffered injuries in a forklift incident in Florida, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to pay medical bills and replace a portion of your wages while you're off work healing.
However, you need the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
Types of Forklift Accidents
Driving a forklift can be challenging. Many operators have to complete training programs to learn to do so safely. Nevertheless, certain workplace conditions present a number of hazards for operators to avoid, including cramped spaces; blind spots while carrying or moving loads; individuals working in the same area; and compensating for the machines' slower braking and maneuverability.
There are a number of types of forklift accidents that result in workers suffering serious injuries, like fractures, head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and electrocution. Some of these include:
- Turnover. Many tragic accidents are caused when the forklift turns over, causing both the operator and other nearby workers to suffer catastrophic injuries or death. Improper loading of materials and uneven surfaces are a few causes of rollovers.
- Struck by forklift. In some cases, a forklift driver doesn't see individuals working near the machine and strikes or runs over them.
- Falling objects. If transported materials aren't secured properly, they can become loose and strike a worker close by.
- Falls. Some serious injuries and deaths are caused if a worker falls from an elevated pallet or other materials on the forklift.
How Workers’ Comp Can Help
Under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws, you may be entitled to benefits if you're hurt in a forklift incident, regardless of whether you or your employer was responsible for the incident. However, this doesn't mean your employer’s insurance company will voluntarily pay for the benefits you deserve.
Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can help protect your legal rights. Fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation today.