Virginia Forklift Accident Lawyer
Experienced Forklift Accident Attorneys Professionally Handle Personal Injury Cases In Virginia Beach, Chesterfield County, Henrico County, And Throughout VA
Forklifts make it easier to get more done with less and in less time, but they must be properly operated, serviced, and managed. A failure to safely operate a forklift, train a forklift operator, maintain a forklift and/or equipment used with a forklift, or secure a worksite can lead to serious personal injuries – not just to a forklift operator but to others as well. If you or someone you know was injured in a forklift-related accident, please reach out to Attorney Drew Page’s Virginia forklift accident lawyer. We can help you with everything from evidence gathering to insurance filings, negotiations, and courtroom representation. We are committed to ensuring that the innocent victims of accidents receive the compensation they deserve, and the path to compensation begins with a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our expert personal injury and accident attorneys.
The Dangers of Forklifts
Forklifts are primarily used for carrying and transporting heavy materials in and across non-roadway spaces, such as warehouse floors and loading/unloading docks. Forklift-related injuries are sometimes cross-listed with both transportation accidents as well as object and equipment accidents.
Forklift-specific accidents only constitute a small fraction of all accidents in the country every year. According to OSHA and the BLS, there were fewer than 80 work-related fatalities in 2020 and there are about 7,000 nonfatal forklift-related accidents every year. However, the costs of these accidents per case can run into tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most forklift accidents involve tipping over of a forklift, but many other dangerous events can occur, such as impalement, fires, falling objects, and other pedestrian or worker accidents involving a forklift.
If you were injured in a forklift accident, lost income from being unable to work due to an accident, or have questions about what to do after suffering a workplace accident, contact our Virginia forklift accident lawyer today.
Our Virginia Forklift Accident Lawyer Can Help You Recover Compensation for Your Losses
Some of the losses and damages we can help you recover after a forklift accident include:
- Medical treatment expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Medical device expenses
- Home upgrades to accommodate an accident-related disability
- Wrongful death and funeral or burial expenses in case of a forklift-related fatality
To do this, we will:
- Gather evidence, such as photos, video recordings, eyewitness statements, and forklift operation and maintenance logs;
- Quantify your losses using invoices, expense sheets, salary slips, and expert testimony;
- File a claim with the relevant insurer, which can be your personal health insurer and/or your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance provider;
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurer;
- Help you meet all the legal and administrative deadlines that apply to your case;
- Represent you in court if your case goes to trial;
- Make sure your rights are protected and that you are not taken advantage of or offered a less-than-fair settlement.
Part of the process also involves identifying the at-fault party who was responsible for causing your accident and demonstrating negligence. This means you must show that the actions of the at-fault party were not up to the relevant standards or that they were incorrect or somehow unsafe and that you suffered an accident as a result. This can be difficult to do without the right evidence and an understanding of personal injury law, but our team of experienced attorneys can help you build a case based on the specifics of your accident so that we can seek the maximum compensation allowed by law for your losses and injuries.
Contact Attorney Drew Page’s Virginia Forklift Accident Lawyer Today for Expert Legal Representation
Operating and working around forklifts come with substantial risks. You should be able to perform your professional duties and work in a safe and secure environment that is up to all applicable codes and standards. If you were harmed by the negligence, dangerous actions, or even the inaction of another party that owed you a standard of care, we can help you recover compensation from them using the insurance policies that apply to your case. Contact our Virginia forklift accident lawyer today to learn more about how we can help you.
Questions Frequently Asked of Our Virginia Forklift Accident Lawyer
In most cases, no. Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, you would usually have to settle for whatever worker’s compensation insurance coverage your employer has. This would involve calculations as to how much you lost as a result of your accident, what your current and future medical treatment expenses are likely to be, and how much fault – if any – you must bear responsibility for in causing the accident.
Lawsuits for damages usually only come into play when a victim suffers catastrophic injuries such as a long-term disability, amputation, scarring/disfigurement, or an inability to work or move around freely and independently. In such cases, we will work with the insurer and professional medical teams to assess the economic and non-economic value of your case so that a fair settlement can be determined.
You have two years within which to file a personal injury compensation claim as per Virginia Code § 8.01-243(A). If you do not file your claim within this time, you may not be able to file a claim at all for your accident. As for the value of your claim, that depends on the extent and severity of your losses. Higher payouts are associated with higher losses and higher treatment expenses. You would likely receive a higher payout for severe injuries as compared to simple cuts, bumps, or bruises, but remember not to discount the potential long-term impact of personal injuries so speak first with our Virginia forklift accident lawyer for an accurate assessment based on the specifics of your case.
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