Working with heavy machinery can certainly be dangerous job. This is especially true when dealing with forklifts. Recently, an accident involving a forklift at a loading dock in the City of Industry resulted in the serious injury of a worker.
According to The Patch, a dock worker was driving a forklift, when it fell off the loading dock. The worker, and 29-year-old male, was trapped with his arm pinned under the heavy forklift and the Technical Rescue team of the Los Angeles Fire Department was called for the rescue. Firefighters were “able to free the victim by using another forklift, [but] the victim suffered a partial arm amputation during the incident.”
The worker was airlifted by helicopter to a nearby trauma center. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was alerted to investigate the situation, which is typical in this type of workplace accident.
Due to the heavy nature of fork lifts, and the heavy objects they move, forklift operators, workers, and other bystanders of fork lifts often suffer serious injuries and even death. Thousands of workers are injured each year in forklift accidents. Some of the most common accidents include a forklift rolling or overturning, workers getting hit by or pinned by the forklift, or a worker falling from the forklift.
Injuries from forklifts, especially a serious injury like an amputation, is truly devastating to the victim and the victim's family. Serious injuries caused by forklift accidents including amputation injuries require extensive medical care and lengthy recovery time. In these types of accidents, it is important to get the best legal representation possible. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in getting financial compensation for your injuries—when you are injured in the work place, it is likely you qualify for worker's compensation. If an investigation reveals that it was a flaw in the machinery or an unsafe work environment that caused your injury, there may be other third parties that could be required to compensate you for your injuries.
If you are hurt in a forklift accident, or other type of accident involving large machinery while working, contact the skilled personal injury attorneys at Walch Law. We understand the ins and outs of how these types of cases work and can assist in a proper investigation to determine the correct party or parties responsible for your compensation. Don't try to deal with the other party's insurance company, adjusters, investigators and defense attorneys, or even your employer's workers compensation insurer, on your own. Consult with an expert personal injury attorney who can guide you through the process and work to get you the compensation you deserve.
An injury of this magnitude caused by heavy machinery at work can change your life instantly and impact your ability to work in the future. At Walch Law we offer a free case consultation for victims of amputation personal injuries—we are ready and willing to listen to the details of your case to help you determine what your next steps will be. With years of experience, we are ready to help you through the personal injury claim process and do our part to assist in your recovery. Call us today for your free consultation.