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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) 357-8000 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.

Forklift Operation

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 Injury Attorneys, our attorneys have years of experience handling a wide variety of claims. There no reason to delay. Let a personal injury attorney fight to get you the compensation you deserve so you can focus on your recovery. Fill out an online form or contact our offices today for immediate assistance (843) 357-8000.