Forklifts are one of the most useful tools to those working in construction, retail, warehouses, and other industries that require the moving of heavy materials. Whether you need to move pallets, boxes, furniture, or heavy lumber, forklifts are designed to move large amounts of heavy material quickly and easily. As with all heavy machinery, there are definite risks involved with using forklifts in the workplace. Defective forklifts, tip overs, and the dropping of heavy loads onto people below can be catastrophic.
In cases where a forklift design flaw, defective equipment, or unsafe working condition exists, a worker may also be able to bring suit against a third party and collect compensation for pain and suffering, damages, and all lost wages, including the loss of future potential wages. Our experienced team of Pennsylvania product liability lawyers helps those injured by a defective forklift collect the maximum compensation they deserve. We are committed to holding the manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of defective equipment liable for the damages suffered by our clients.
Common Forklift Accident Injuries
Many forklift accidents result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Head injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries, neurological impairment, cognitive disabilities, and permanent paralysis are common in accidents involving forklifts. Crushing injuries most often result in fatal injury or permanent disability. Even for those that recover from their injuries, the recuperation often involves surgery, physical and cognitive therapy, ongoing medical treatment and prescriptions, and in some cases, assisted living or mobility devices.
When a third party, such as the manufacturer or distributor of a defective forklift can be held liable for part or all of the victim’s injuries, the financial compensation can ensure the quality of life for them and their family. Not only can the victim sue for pain and suffering, but they can also claim compensation for all of their lost wages, including what they would have made in the future had they not been injured.
The successful outcome of a third-party lawsuit will rely heavily on the experience and skill of a product liability lawyer. The burden of proof falls on the plaintiff to show that the forklift was indeed defective and unreasonably dangerous, and that the defect was directly responsible for the victim’s injury. Third-party lawsuits are often brought against large companies that have legal teams on staff prepared to defend them.
Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP Help Victims Claim Compensation in Third-Party Lawsuits
If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective product or manufacturer’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the experienced team of Philadelphia product liability lawyers at Galfand Berger at 800-222-8792, or contact us online at www.galfandberger.com to schedule a consultation today. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem, and Reading to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.