If you’re injured in an on-the-job forklift accident that leaves you unable to work, you may collect workers’ comp benefits to cover your medical expenses and lost wages. You may need a Missouri work comp lawyer or Missouri forklift accident lawyer to help protect those rights.
Forklifts are common equipment used at warehouses, manufacturing and construction sites in Missouri. Workers at Associated Grocers, Kraft, Bass Pro and Walmart may have to drive forklifts as part of their job duties.
However, unsafe workplace conditions and insufficient training can lead to a forklift accident that injures the driver or a nearby worker. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are nearly 100,000 workplace forklift injuries reported across the U.S. each year.
For a Missouri workers’ comp claim, it doesn’t matter who’s at fault in causing the accident that left you injured. If you were hurt by a forklift while at work, you’re entitled to workers’ comp benefits. These incidents include:
- Forklift turnover. Nearly a quarter of all forklift accidents are turnover accidents. Uneven terrain, an unbalanced or heavy cargo, and reckless driving can all cause a forklift to flip over, injuring the driver and anyone standing nearby.
- Struck by a forklift. A careless coworker driving a forklift could fail to see you in his path or could slip off the brake as you’re loading the forklift, causing crush injuries.
- Falling material. When a load isn’t properly secured on a forklift, it can fall off and land on a person working nearby. These materials are likely heavy and can cause significant head, neck, and back damage.
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If you or a family member was injured at work or in an on the job accident, The Krebs Law Firm LLC offers a free case evaluation if you have questions. Many people may be worried that they do not have the money to pay for a work comp attorney when they were injured at work but we only handle work comp, accident cases and Social Security Cases on a contingent fee basis. In other words, there is no fee unless we are successful in getting you the benefits that you deserve. Simply call (417) 883-5886 or statewide 1-800-345-0535 for your free case evaluation today from your work comp lawyer in Missouri.