Working with a forklift can be a dangerous job, even when you have years of experience as an operator. In fact, according to McCue, forklift accidents account for approximately 85 deaths and nearly 35,000 injuries in the United States every year. If you have been injured in a forklift accident, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer’s workers compensation insurance company.
About Forklift Safety
Forklifts are approximately three times heavier than the average car, weighing in at approximately 9,000 pounds. As a result, it is important for anyone working with a forklift to receive proper safety training. Employers are also responsible for ensuring that equipment is properly maintained and as safe for employees as possible.
Unfortunately, forklift accidents occur even when both employers and employees follow all of these guidelines. When a forklift accident occurs, you may sustain serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury, broken bones, lacerations and other issues.
Workers compensation insurance is designed to protect you in the event of a job-related illness or injury. If you file a claim under a workers compensation insurance policy and the claim is ultimately approved, you may receive payments to cover your medical bills, as well as replacement for your lost wages.
If you are involved in a forklift accident while at work and you sustain an injury, your employer’s workers compensation policy may cover related expenses. However, before you can begin collecting benefits, you must file a successful claim. Unlike a personal injury case, you will not need to prove that your employer was at fault for your injuries in order to qualify for benefits. Unfortunately, in some cases, the workers compensation insurance company may still refuse to approve your claim immediately. If your claim is denied, you have options, but you need to take action as soon as possible.
Dealing with a Claim Denial
If your workers compensation claim is denied, you can file an appeal. Although some claimants may decide to file an appeal on their own, it is best to consult a legal professional in these cases. A lawyer who has experience with workers compensation cases will be able to conduct a thorough review of your case and prepare solid arguments to give you the best chance of winning.
When you are fighting for workers compensation benefits, you need competent legal representation. Ryan Montgomery, Attorney at Law understands these cases. Regardless of the circumstances, our firm can help you boost your chances of a successful appeal. Please contact us today to learn more or to make an appointment.