Often found on construction sites and in manufacturing plants and warehouses, forklifts are the cause of a wide range of serious accidents, such as spinal cord injury. Thousands of workers — both forklift operators and other construction workers — are injured each year by forklift accidents. At Golitko & Daly in Indianapolis, we have helped clients with serious spine injuries – including quadriplegia and paraplegia – and personally witnessed the effects of such injuries, both emotionally and financially, on Hoosier families. These experiences feed our compassion and drive us to help.
Forklift Rollover Accidents – Lawyer Engineer
The most common type of forklift accident is a rollover accident, often caused by driving off loading docks or driving on uneven pavement. Other common forklift accidents include falls from forklifts and workers being hit by moving forklifts.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a forklift accident, contact the law firm of Golitko & Daly. With offices in Indianapolis and Kokomo, we have the qualifications and experience to help you and your family put the pieces back together.
Indiana Workers’ Compensation Attorneys – Operating State-wide
Our work injury attorneys will promptly investigate your case to determine what caused your accident and what parties are liable for your injuries. We may be able to bring a workers' compensation claim for an on-the-job injury and, in some cases, a third-party injury claim against a negligent forklift driver, manufacturer or other party.
If you have a workers’ compensation claim, we will go with you before the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Board to have your case heard. We can help ensure you collect damages for lost wages, medical expenses, and disability payments.
Determining the Cause of Your Forklift Accident – Design Defects and Manufacturing Defects
If forklifts were always constructed well, properly maintained, and safely used, accidents would be few and far between. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Common causes of forklift accidents include:
- Poor/improper maintenance of the forklift
- Failure to train forklift operators
- Improper operation of forklifts, including operating on uneven surfaces
- Operating too quickly and operating in dangerous areas
- Failure to properly equip the forklift for the construction work
- Product defects, including defective overhead guards, backrest extensions, blades and restraint systems
IOSHA Certified Construction Accident Lawyers
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) has specific regulations for forklift companies and operators. As construction accident attorneys, we have a comprehensive understanding of these regulations and can use that knowledge to evaluate whether failure to follow the regulations caused your accident. In fact, attorney John Daly Jr. is an OSHA authorized construction safety trainer who has helped train workers and employers in maintaining a safe workplace.
Contact Our Attorneys for Help after a Forklift Accident
Our forklift accident attorneys are well respected in the legal community for our knowledgeable and client-centered representation. We help warehouse workers and other workers injured by forklift accidents bring workers' compensation claims and third party liability claims against manufacturers of defective forklifts, maintenance companies and other liable parties.
We have all of the elements to cover your case, whether you have suffered a serious crush injury or the wrongful death of a loved one. Our on-staff engineer attorney is here to help evaluate and investigate your forklift accident case, so please contact our Indianapolis-based offices today and meet a qualified team of lawyers ready to help you with your case.