Injuries from a Forklift Accident May Entitle You to Financial Compensation. Call to Speak with a Lawyer for Free.
Forklift accidents can result from a variety of different factors. From substandard safety practices to negligent operation by a coworker, in crowded warehouses and on busy jobsites, there are countless issues that can lead to dangerous accidents and debilitating injuries.
Companies are subject to stringent federal regulations that govern the use of forklifts. While these regulations are designed to protect workers, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), forklift safety standards are among those most-frequently violated by employers. Unfortunately, when employers and other companies fail to prioritize worker safety, it is workers and their families who suffer the consequences.
Two Ways to Seek Compensation for Forklift Accidents in Laredo, TX
If you were injured in a forklift accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At Ronald A. Ramos Law Office, we help injured workers in Laredo pursue claims for:
1. Workers’ Compensation Benefits
While workers’ compensation is not mandatory in Texas, it offers benefits for both employers and employees. If you were injured in a forklift accident and your employer has workers’ compensation coverage, we can help you seek no-fault medical and disability (short-term or long-term) benefits.
2. Personal Injury Compensation
If workers’ compensation benefits are not available, we can investigate your accident to determine if you have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim against your employer. Unlike workers’ compensation benefits, a personal injury award can provide full coverage for your inability to work, your pain and suffering, and your other injury-related losses. Depending on the cause of the accident, we may be able to pursue a claim against the forklift manufacturer or another responsible third party as well.
Common Factors in Forklift Accidents
There are numerous factors that can cause and contribute to forklift accidents. As a result, if you have been injured, (i) you need to identify all of the parties that are responsible for your injuries, and (ii) you need to avoid assuming that you are to blame. Some common factors in forklift accidents include:
- Exceeding forklift load capacities
- Failure to secure forklifts receiving loads
- Failure to secure loads
- Imbalanced loads
- Inadequate forklift maintenance
- Inadequate safety training
- Inadequate space for safe forklift operation
- Manufacturing and design defects
- Negligent operation (including speeding and driving with raised loads)
- Other operational hazards (such as pathway obstructions)
If you are unable to work due to injuries suffered in a forklift accident, you owe it to yourself and your family to speak with an attorney about your rights. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Ronald A. Ramos Law Office, please contact us today.
Contact Ronald A. Ramos Law Office in Laredo, TX
With offices in Laredo, Ronald A. Ramos Law Office provides experienced representation for injured workers throughout South Texas. To discuss your rights with attorney Ronald A. Ramos in confidence, call or text (956) 725-7537 or tell us about the accident online now.
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