South Carolina Forklift Accident Attorneys
Forklift Accident Attorneys
Have you been injured in a forklift accident? Are the subsequent medical bills piling up? Forklift accidents can cost you dearly; both physically and financially. That's why you need the legal help and experience of professional forklift accident attorneys. At Joe and Martin, we can help you get your life and finances back on track by making sure you get the expert medical treatment and compensation you deserve.
Call us today at (843) 357-8888 for a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation. We'll answer all of your legal questions and help you figure out your best course of action. The forklift accident attorneys at Joe and Martin will fight for you and do whatever it takes to recover an optimum settlement for your damages.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), forklift operators must be 18 or older and complete an approved certification program before they can operate a forklift. For a free online forklift operation and safety course, click here. Any company that employs forklift operators must make sure those operators are qualified. Sometimes, however, companies don't uphold these operation standards. This kind of negligence can lead to forklift-related injuries which can sometimes be fatal.
In order to prevent forklift accidents, employers as well as onsite supervisors and employees are expected to perform the following duties:
- All devices on the forklift, including safety mechanisms, are sufficient and functional
- Controls and displays are well laid out and visible
- Only trained operators are assigned forklift duties
- All OSHA regulations are being respected
- Any defects are repairs before a forklift is put back into operation
- Employers undertake preventive maintenance of the forklift per manufacturer operations
- Paths are free of obstructions that impact visibility or otherwise present a hazard
Causes of Forklift Injuries
The most common causes of forklift accidents include:
- Careless Operating Techniques
- Excessive Loads
- Faulty or Defective Equipment
- Improper Maintenance
- Inadequate Training
- Unsafe Working Conditions
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Forklift Accident?
Any South Carolina worker who has been hurt in a forklift accident on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from their employer. These benefits cover everything from medical expenses and rehabilitation to disability and death coverage. However, you cannot recover non-economic damages through workers’ comp or file an injury claim against your employer. If a third party, such as an operator from another company or a manufacturer of defective forklift equipment, contributed to your accident, then you may pursue damages from them in a personal injury claim in addition to workers’ comp benefits.
Let Us Help You Obtain Maximum Compensation
At Joe and Martin Law Firm, our attorneys have years of experience handling a wide variety of construction accident claims, including forklift accidents. We've recovered millions for our clients and have received an abundance of favorable settlements and verdicts. We are so confident in the abilities of our lawyers, that you won't ever have to pay us for our legal services until we recover compensation for you. There is no risk and no reason to delay. Fill out an online form or contact our offices today for immediate assistance (843) 357-8888.