Forklift Accident Litigation
If you use a forklift on the job or work in close proximity to forklift operators, there is no room in your work environment for negligence. Any safety violation or equipment defect can lead to serious injury or death.
At Warner Law Offices in Charleston, our lawyers represent West Virginia workers who are injured due to the negligence of others in forklift accidents. We also represent family members in cases of wrongful death. If you are injured on the job, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. You may be entitled to compensation beyond workers’ compensation.
Workers’ compensation benefits are limited, and do not allow you to recover compensation for damages such as pain and suffering. You may have the right to recover additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for your injury.
Forklift accidents may occur for a variety of reasons. Here are a few examples:
- Tip-overs caused by unsafe equipment
- Uneven warehouse floors
- Carrying too heavy a load
- Injuries caused to bystanders due to safety violations
Our attorneys will investigate the circumstances of your forklift accident and determine if you would have a right to sue the negligent party.
Can I Sue My Employer?
In exchange for providing workers’ compensation benefits, West Virginia employers are generally protected from being sued by employees for accidents occurring on the job. However, there are exceptions that can come into play in forklift accidents. If the accident was caused by deliberate intent of your employer, by defective equipment or by someone who does not work for your employer, you would have the right to sue. You would also have the right to sue if your employer does not carry workers’ compensation.