Warehouse employees, construction workers, and other employees who rely on forklifts to perform their jobs can face serious danger. Accidents involving these vehicles often result in severe injuries, lengthy treatment periods, and thousands of dollars in medical expenses.
The Atlanta forklift injury lawyers at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. can help you seek the compensation you need to recover. With our wide network of resources and over 35 years of experience in Georgia personal injury and workers’ compensation law, we will advocate aggressively for your right to compensation each step of the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Forklifts pose a significant risk to American employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 614 workers died due to forklift accidents between 2011 and 2017. More than 7,000 workers suffer nonfatal injuries involving forklifts each year.
Many negligent actions and dangerous conditions contribute to forklift accidents, including the following:
Most people who suffer injuries in forklift accidents are employees of the worksite using the forklift. If you were in a forklift accident while performing your work-related duties, you are eligible for funding through a workers’ compensation claim, regardless of negligence or fault.
Georgia workers’ compensation allows you to seek funding for various expenses related to your accident, including the following:
To receive workers’ compensation benefits, you will need to report your injury to your employer within 30 days and file your claim within one year, in most cases. Your employer may require you to visit a certain physician, who will treat your injuries and provide you with documentation to use in your future claim.
While the workers’ compensation process is relatively quick and straightforward, the state does limit the types of damages you can receive. Personal injury lawsuits allow you to claim additional compensation, such as pain and suffering damages and property repair expenses.
If negligence played a role in your accident, or a third party manufacturer or contractor may be responsible, you may want to file a personal injury lawsuit. You can file a lawsuit against a third party and a workers’ compensation claim at the same time; however, you cannot file a lawsuit against your employer if you file a workers’ comp claim.
Speak to an Atlanta forklift injury attorney at Hilley & Frieder, P.C. before proceeding with any claim to determine which option works best for you.
Forklift accidents can result in severe physical, emotional, and financial damages — and if negligence played a role in your accident, you may be eligible for additional funds beyond a workers’ compensation claim.