Increase Your Settlement with a Forklift Injury Attorney By Michael Shelton on September 17, 2021

man loading a truck with a forklift Forklifts are used in a variety of occupations to move heavy loads from one location to another. When used properly, forklifts are valuable for saving time and increasing efficiency. Unfortunately, there is potential for things to go wrong when using forklifts on a construction site. A construction accident attorney can help injured workers get the maximum settlement for their injuries and other damages. 

At The Shelton Law Firm, forklift injury attorney Michael E. Shelton represents workers in Houston, TX, and surrounding areas who have been injured on the job, helping them to recover the compensation they deserve.  

Forklift Injuries Can Be Catastrophic

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in one year alone, forklifts were involved in 9,050 nonfatal workplace injuries and 74 deaths. Because forklifts are used to move heavy objects and often from elevated heights, when errors occur, they can cause severe and catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations 
  • Sprained arms or legs
  • Crushed limbs, which may require amputation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal fracture 

How Can a Forklift Injury Attorney Help?

Forklift injuries can range from mild to severe and can happen for a number of reasons. When a forklift accident is caused by a negligent coworker or employer, a forklift attorney can help build a strong case to get accident victims the settlement they deserve. 

If you have been injured in a forklift accident, contacting a forklift injury attorney as soon as possible is important for recovering damages.  

A Forklift Injury Attorney Can Determine Fault

Determining who is responsible for a forklift accident is essential when seeking compensation for injuries and related damages. When a forklift accident happens in the workplace, there are several parties who may be held responsible depending on the details of the accident. 

In some cases an employer may be liable if they did not provide proper training to employees operating the forklift. In other cases the person operating the forklift may be held liable if he or she was negligent when using the forklift. 

A forklift attorney can help determine who is at fault and gather evidence to support such claims.  

A Forklift Attorney Can Increase Compensation for Damages

Without an attorney, Houston workers who are injured in a forklift accident may not obtain the maximum compensation for their injuries. Often, insurance companies and workers’ compensation will try to pay as little as possible to cover medical expenses and lost wages. This can leave workers without sufficient compensation for mental anguish, future lost wages, and other damages. 

A forklift attorney can review accident details to seek compensation wherever possible and recover all applicable damages while also holding liable parties responsible for their negligence.   

Schedule a Consultation with The Shelton Law Firm

If you have been injured in a forklift accident, don’t wait any longer to speak to an attorney. Schedule a consultation with attorney Michael Shelton, by calling our Houston law firm at (713) 807-0700 today.  

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Michael E. Shelton

The Shelton Law Firm

Personal injury attorney Michael E. Shelton has been representing victims of catastrophic injuries in Houston, Texas, for nearly 50 years. He is proud to be a union card holder as a journeyman pipefitter and General Counsel for the Texas Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO. He is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • The Texas Bar Association
  • The Houston Bar Association
  • The Louisiana State Bar
  • The Louisiana Association for Justice

If you are the victim of a personal injury, schedule a free consultation with The Shelton Law Firm today by contacting us online or calling (713) 807-0700.

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