NYC Forklift Accident Attorney
We hold negligent third parties accountable for your work injury
Forklifts are often used on construction sites through the New York city area. They are a very efficient and effective way to move heavy loads from one place to another. But a construction accident involving a forklift can leave workers with serious injuries. When a third party caused the accident that left you hurt, you need an experienced NYC construction accident lawyer.
At Keogh Crispi, P.C., we know that an injury from a forklift accident can impact workers physically, emotionally and physically. We believe that negligent third parties should be held accountable. We build strong cases and help injured workers recover the compensation they deserve.
We take your work injury seriously
There are many different types of accidents that can happen involving a forklift. There may have been a crash involving another vehicle. The forklift may have struck a piece of heavy equipment. The load on a forklift may not have been secured properly and fell during transit. A worker may have been caught in the forklift or was crushed by it.
Different types of injuries seen in forklift accidents include broken bones, neck and back injuries, head injuries, and internal injuries. Injured workers may require surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, and follow-up treatment. Recovery from their injuries may take weeks or even months in some cases. Some workers are left with a permanent disability.
Third parties that may have been responsible for causing the accident may include a contractor, subcontractor, the forklift operator, or the manufacturer. But proving that a third party was negligent can be difficult.
The third party may deny doing anything wrong and even try to shift blame – possibly onto you. Their insurance company may dispute any liability for what happened or challenge the seriousness of your injuries. Sometimes they’ll try to end the matter quickly by making a lowball settlement offer.
Get an experienced construction accident attorney on your side
We think you deserve better. Our firm knows the challenges you can face when dealing with a work injury caused by a forklift accident. We know the labor laws in New York and what it takes to build a strong case that gets results.
Our legal team begins by investigating the accident. We seek access to all documentation related to the forklift, the forklift operator, and the manufacturer. We review any accident reports and interview witnesses about what they saw. If needed, we consult experts who can help us understand how the accident happened.
Causes of forklift accident can include:
- Improper training
- Faulty equipment, such as an inoperable warning device
- Negligent operation, such as speeding
- Unstable loads
- Failure to inspect the forklift before use
- Failure to maintain or repair the forklift.
We also determine the total damage you suffered in your forklift accident and demand compensation. In general, you can seek compensation for current and future medical expenses and lost wages not covered by workers’ compensation, lost earning capacity, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and other damages as applicable.
When we take a case, we prepare it as if we were going to trial. Many times, we negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that meets your needs. But we want to be ready to fight for you in court if that’s what it takes. And we want the insurance company to know we are serious about your claim.
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If you were hurt in a forklift accident at work, there are certain steps you can take to protect your health and your right to take legal action. First, get medical attention for your injuries so you can get the treatment you need. Your injuries will also be documented. Notify your employer about the accident within 30 days to protect your right to workers’ compensation benefits.
Then get legal advice from an experienced construction accident lawyer as soon as possible. Under New York law, you generally have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. But it can take months to build a strong case and it’s important to gather evidence and talk to witnesses as soon as possible.
Our firm has a reputation for standing up for the rights of injured workers in the New York City area. We are determined to help our clients get the compensation they need and deserve and have the track record to prove it.
Learn more about how we can help during a free consultation. Contact us to schedule an appointment at our New York City office. We can listen to your account of what happened, review the details of your accident and injuries, and explain your legal options. We can also answer any questions you have.