Virginia Work Injury Lawyers

A Forklift Accident Attorney is Dedicated to Helping You Recover Compensation

Forklifts are one of the most dangerous machines used in industrial or manufacturing occupations. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), forklift accidents result in an average of 34,900 serious injuries every year. These accidents can be caused by improper work organization, flawed workplace design, or irresponsible behavior on behalf of the forklift operator. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a construction accident involving a forklift, the forklift accident attorneys at Reinhardt, Harper, Davis PLC in Richmond, VA, can help. We will work tirelessly to prove the accident was the result of negligent behavior. Our client-focused firm will do everything in our power to collect the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. Schedule your free initial consultation with our team today by contacting us online or calling (800) 884-9507 today. 

Common Forklift Accident Factors

Many work-related factors can cause forklift accidents, including negligence on behalf of your employer or irresponsible behavior by the forklift operator. Many of these factors can constitute fault and help build your case for compensation. Some common factors associated with forklift accidents include:

  • Lack of training or improper training of operators
  • Narrow, crowded, or cluttered aisles
  • Loading errors, such as overloading or improper stacking
  • Poor forklift maintenance
  • Erratic or irresponsible driving
  • Blind spots or obstructions blocking the driver’s view
  • Inadequate, malfunctioning, or missing safety devices
  • Poor communication in shared spaces
  • Production factors, such as stress or speed

There are many other factors that can indicate negligence. If you were in an incident involving a forklift, our team can assess the site of the accident and identify signs of fault. 

A woman on a phone kneels next to a man whose foot is pinned under a forklift
Dangerous machinery can cause catastrophic injury if improperly operated or maintained. 

Determining Fault

When determining who was at fault for an accident, there are several places our lawyers go to investigate. During this process, it is important to consider the responsibilities of those involved and whether they acted negligently. It can be incredibly difficult to prove fault in a personal injury or workers’ compensation case. However, our workplace injury attorneys have an advanced understanding of OSHA requirements and can help you hold those at fault responsible for their actions. 

If reckless behavior or failure to follow safety protocols resulted in your accident, you may have a case for a personal injury claim. 

Employer Obligations

All employers are required to meet OSHA’s training and safety requirements. These training obligations include continuing refresher training. In addition, the area in which the forklift is operated must be clear of obstructions and meet basic safety levels. If you believe your employer cut corners or failed to meet OSHA’s requirements, our team can help you build a case against them for compensation.

Operator Obligations

The individual operating a forklift can also be held responsible for your accident. Just as any driver of a car or other vehicle, forklift operators are required to drive responsibly at all times. If reckless behavior or failure to follow safety protocols resulted in your accident, you may have a case for a personal injury claim. 

Hire an Advocate

Whether your injury resulted from operator error, mechanical malfunction, or neglectful employer behavior, the workplace injury attorneys at Reinhardt, Harper, Davis PLC can help you collect the compensation you deserve. We understand that severe injuries or wrongful deaths can be incredibly emotional,  and we will approach your case with compassion and dedication. To learn more about our services and how we can help you in this difficult time, contact our office online or call (800) 884-9507 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation today. 

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