California Forklift Accident Lawyers
Sacramento-based firm assists victims of lift truck injuries
Manufacturing, shipping and construction companies rely on the use of forklifts to get jobs done. However, the power of these machines can inflict severe harm if someone fails to follow safety procedures. The California attorneys at Mastagni Holstedt, APC pursue justice for victims of forklift accidents in the Sacramento and throughout the state. We represent plaintiffs in personal injury and worker’s compensation claims so they can obtain the payment they need during a difficult time.
Firm handles cases stemming from rollovers, dropped cargo and falls from loading docks
Some of the most common types of forklift accidents are the following:
- Rollovers — Unsafe speed, improper loading forks and obstructions on the ground are just three of the reasons why a forklift might roll over on its side or tip forward, putting the operator and bystanders in great danger.
- Lost payloads — While a forklift is capable of holding a great deal of weight, there is significant danger associated with carrying too much cargo or failing to secure the payload.
- Falls from elevated positions — A forklift might fall from a loading dock or trailer due to imbalance or to an operator’s error.
- Collisions with individuals or other equipment — The weight and force of a forklift can cause a catastrophic injury if a person is struck directly or while operating another piece of equipment.
Whether the injury in your case resulted from operator error, a mechanical failure, hazardous workplace conditions or something else, our experienced California attorneys will handle the legal process so that you can get the compensation you deserve.
Personal injury and workers’ compensation claims
Most victims of forklift accidents are hurt while they’re on the job at a construction site, factory, warehouse or some other industrial setting. When someone is hurt during the course of their job duties, they should be covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation policy. If you were injured by a forklift while at work, you can collect reimbursement for your medical costs and for part of your salary without having to prove that anyone was at fault.
Whether you were hurt by a Toyota, a Cat Lift Truck or some other type of forklift, our lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation to assess whether a manufacturer’s defect contributed to your injury. If so, you might be able to collect additional damages in a third-party personal injury claim. This type of case could also be brought against another liable party as long as it is not your employer or a co-worker. In a personal injury lawsuit, you can collect additional types of damages, including compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress and the loss of enjoyment in your life as a result of the accident.
Safety measures that should be used during forklift operation
One way to avoid forklift accidents is to respect the “safety halo,” which calls for the operator to stop the forklift if anyone is closer than three feet away. Whenever the machine is in motion, the fork should be down, and the driver should not try to pass slower-moving equipment. Employers and contractors who fail to implement proper safety measures could face legal or administrative sanctions if an accident occurs.
Contact a California lawyer for a free consultation about a forklift accident case
Mastagni Holstedt, APC represents Californians who have been injured in forklift accidents. Please call or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney. We have locations in Sacramento, Rancho Cucamonga, Pleasanton, Redwood City and Stockton. You don’t pay legal fees unless you receive a financial recovery.