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FAQ: How Can a Forklift Injury Lawyer Help Me? [2024 Guide]

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Tor Hoerman
Tor Hoerman

Attorney Tor Hoerman, admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association since 1995 and The Missouri Bar since 2009, specializes nationally in mass tort litigations. Locally, Tor specializes in auto accidents and a wide variety of personal injury incidents occuring in Illinois and Missouri.

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Question: How can a forklift injury lawyer help me?

Answer: A forklift injury lawyer can help injured workers and others by providing specialized legal expertise in cases involving forklift accidents and navigating workplace injury laws and insurance claims.

Forklift accident lawyers advocate for the victim’s rights, seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages while holding responsible parties accountable for negligence or safety violations.

The Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer After a Forklift Accident

Operating a forklift can be challenging without proper training.

While most forklift accidents are non-fatal and treatable, employers shouldn’t be lenient about the potential danger these powered trucks pose.

If a preventable accident occurred due to an employer’s negligence or a third party’s fault, the injured party could legally claim compensation for lost wages and medical expenses.

How Can a Forklift Injury Lawyer Help Me?

A forklift injury lawyer can help by:

  • Investigating the nature of the accident
  • Advocating for your rights and interests
  • Gathering evidence to support your claim
  • Negotiating with insurance adjusters on your behalf
  • Representing you in court, if necessary

An experienced lawyer is a powerful ally when dealing with the aftermath of a negligent forklift accident.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in such an incident, our experienced personal injury lawyers at TorHoerman Law can help.

Contact us now or use our chatbot for a free case evaluation on a potential forklift accident lawsuit.

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The Critical Role of a Forklift Injury Attorney

Forklift accidents can result in serious injuries and hefty financial losses for victims.

A forklift injury attorney plays a critical role in advocating for the injured party’s rights and ensuring they receive fair compensation for their damages.

An experienced forklift injury lawyer plays many roles, including:

  • Case evaluation
  • Investigation
  • Liability determination
  • Compensation calculation
  • Negotiation with insurance companies
  • Litigation

Case Evaluation

Lawyers typically offer initial consultations (often free) to allow potential clients to discuss their cases and receive preliminary legal advice.

During these consultations, lawyers assess the claim’s merits and advise on the best course of action.

Before the consultation, the lawyer may request that the potential client provide relevant documents or information about their case.

These documents may include accident reports, medical records, photographs, witness statements, and any correspondence with insurance companies.

Based on the information provided by the client, the lawyer assesses various factors such as liability, damages, and potential legal issues that may affect the case’s outcome.

After evaluating the case, the lawyer provides legal advice to the potential client.


A thorough investigation is essential in establishing the facts surrounding the forklift accident.

An experienced attorney will conduct interviews, gather evidence, and collaborate with experts, such as accident reconstruction specialists, to reconstruct the events leading to the accident.

Critical pieces of evidence your attorney might request or gather themselves includes:

  • Witness Statements: Witness statements can provide valuable insight into the cause of the accident, the actions of the parties involved, and any factors that may have contributed to the incident.
  • Medical Records: These records serve as critical evidence to establish the link between the accident and the victim’s injuries and quantify the damages suffered.
  • Accident Reports: These reports may contain important details about the circumstances surrounding the forklift accident, including witness accounts, observations, and findings related to safety violations or negligence.
  • Photographs and Videos: Visual evidence can help reconstruct the sequence of events leading up to the accident and illustrate key aspects of the case to judges, jurors, or insurance adjusters.
  • Employment Records: This information can help demonstrate the employer’s responsibility for ensuring a safe working environment and compliance with applicable regulations.

Liability Determination

Once the investigation is complete, the attorney will determine liability for the forklift accident.

This process may involve identifying negligent actions or safety violations by the forklift operator, employer, equipment manufacturer, or other parties.

Lawyers play a vital role in identifying all potential sources of liability in forklift accident cases to ensure that their clients receive full compensation for their injuries and losses.

The process in which lawyers do this includes::

  • Review of the Accident Details: Lawyers start by thoroughly reviewing the details of the lift truck accident, including how it occurred, where it took place, and who was involved.
  • Analysis of Employer Negligence: Lawyers assess whether employer negligence contributed to the accident.
    • This step may involve reviewing workplace safety protocols, training procedures, and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
  • Examination of Equipment Defects: Lawyers investigate whether defects in the forklift truck equipment caused the accident.
    • Lawyers may collaborate with engineering experts to inspect the forklift for design flaws, manufacturing defects, or maintenance issues that could have contributed to the accident.
  • Assessment of Third-Party Involvement: Lawyers consider whether third-party contractors or entities were involved in the circumstances leading up to the accident.
    • These parties could include subcontractors, equipment rental companies, faulty parts or components suppliers, or entities responsible for overseeing workplace safety compliance.

Compensation Calculation

A forklift injury attorney will assess the full extent of the victim’s damages to determine the appropriate compensation to seek.

Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and future medical needs.

The attorney will work closely with medical professionals and financial experts to accurately calculate the damages.

Damages include:

  • Medical Expenses: Lawyers review the victim’s medical records and bills to calculate the costs of medical treatment related to the forklift accident.
    • This compensation includes expenses such as emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, therapy, and ongoing and future medical care.
  • Lost Wages: Forklift accident lawyers will assess the victim’s lost income and earning capacity resulting from the accident.
    • Lost wages include salaries lost due to missed work days, reduced work hours, or temporary or permanent disability.
  • Pain and Suffering: While pain and suffering are subjective and difficult to quantify, lawyers use various methods to assess these damages, such as reviewing medical records, consulting with healthcare providers, and considering the nature and severity of the injuries.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: Lawyers can help victims seek damages for the loss of enjoyment of life due to the limitations imposed by their injuries.
    • This compensation covers the inability to engage in activities or hobbies they once enjoyed, participate in social events, and so on.

Negotiation With Insurance Companies

In many cases, the attorney will negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of the victim to reach a fair settlement.

Experienced lawyers bring invaluable expertise and experience to the table when dealing with insurance adjusters in forklift accident cases.

This step often involves presenting evidence of liability and damages to the insurance adjusters and advocating for the victim’s best interests.

The attorney’s negotiation skills are crucial in securing a favorable outcome and maximizing the compensation received by the victim.

Experienced lawyers deeply understand insurance industry practices, including the tactics and strategies commonly employed by insurance adjusters to minimize payouts.

Lawyers are familiar with the various factors that can influence the outcome of a claim, such as policy limits, coverage exclusions, and applicable laws.

Combining their legal knowledge and familiarity with these dirty tactics, an experienced forklift accident attorney leverages this to devise an effective negotiation strategy.

Skilled lawyers can help you prevent unfair payouts and drawn-out processing timelines.


While litigation is a standard part of the personal injury claims cycle, not all lawyers have the skills and knowledge to pursue this step.

You must evaluate and clarify with your attorney about their capability to handle litigation before hiring them.

Before filing any forklift accident lawsuits, litigation attorneys carefully assess the strength of the case to determine if litigation is warranted.

These experts consider factors such as liability, damages, available evidence, and the likelihood of success in court.

After this, they draft and file a legal complaint outlining the victim’s allegations against the defendants (e.g., forklift operator, employer, equipment manufacturer) and the basis for seeking compensation.

The complaint sets forth the legal claims and damages sought by the victim.

Once the lawsuit is filed, lawyers engage in the discovery process, which allows both parties to gather evidence, exchange information, and depose witnesses.

Lawyers use discovery tools such as interrogatories, requests to produce documents, and depositions to obtain relevant evidence to support their case.

Litigation attorneys represent their clients in court proceedings, including pre-trial hearings, motions, and trial proceedings.

They present evidence, examine witnesses, and argue legal points before judges and juries to advance their client’s interests and secure a favorable outcome.

Even after filing a lawsuit, lawyers may still continue negotiating in settlement discussions with the opposing party.

Lawyers may seek to reach a settlement agreement that resolves the case without needing a trial, provided that the terms are fair and favorable to their client.

Understanding Forklift Accidents

Various factors can contribute to forklift accidents, including operator error, inadequate training, equipment malfunction, and workplace hazards.

Understanding the fundamentals of forklift accidents can help you recognize when you need an attorney’s assistance.

Most Common Forklift Accidents

Forklift accidents can occur in various workplace settings, resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.

Some of the most common types of forklift accidents in the workplace include:

  • Forklift Rollovers: Rollovers occur when a forklift tips over onto its side or back. Rollovers can happen due to uneven surfaces, mechanical failures, excessive speed, improper loading or carrying of loads, or sharp turns.
    • Rollover accidents pose a significant risk to forklift operators and nearby workers, as they can result in crush injuries and entrapment.
  • Forklift Rear-End Collisions: Forklift rear-end collisions occur when one forklift strikes another from behind or rear wheels.
    • This accident can happen in congested or busy work areas, blind spots, or during reversing maneuvers. Rear-end collisions can result from distraction, inattention, or failure to maintain a safe following distance.
  • Struck-By Accidents: Struck-by accidents occur when a forklift collides with a person, object, or structure in the workplace.
    • This tragic accident can happen due to operator error, mechanical failure, or environmental hazards.
  • Falling Object Accidents: Falling object accidents occur when items loaded in a forklift fall off the forks or topple from elevated storage racks.
    • This accident can happen due to uneven weight distribution, exceeding the weight capacity, inadequate maintenance, or unstable stacking of materials.

Most Common Forklift Injuries

Forklift accident injuries vary widely in severity, depending on factors such as the type of accident, speed of the forklift, and proximity of individuals to the accident.

Some of the most common injuries a worker or forklift driver could suffer in such accidents include:

  • Crush Injuries
  • Fractures and Broken Bones
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
  • Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Amputations and Disfigurement
  • Internal Injuries
  • Burns
  • Psychological Trauma

Forklift Accident Statistics

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), forklift trucks caused 75 work-related deaths in 2022.

Lift trucks also caused thousands of non-fatal accidents from 2021-2022.

According to the statistics, forklift accidents led to 15,480 non-fatal incidents, resulting in days away from work (DAFW) across various industries in the given year.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established several standards and regulations to improve forklift safety and reduce severe accidents and injuries.

Forklift accidents still occur frequently, highlighting the need for proper safety training, adequate safety solutions, equipment maintenance, and strict and comprehensive accident protocols.

TorHoerman Law: Contact Our Forklift Accident Attorneys

Forklift drivers, warehouse workers, project managers, or general contractors injured in a forklift accident deserve the best legal representation to help them secure fair compensation.

Hiring an experienced forklift injury lawyer is the first step toward rebuilding your life after a catastrophic accident.

Contact TorHoerman Law today for a free consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What specific actions does a forklift injury lawyer take in my case?

    A forklift injury lawyer will investigate the accident by gathering evidence such as maintenance records, witness statements, and forklift accident statistics.

    They will review forklift safety protocols and operator training to determine if negligence, such as improper training or mechanical failures, played a role.

    The lawyer will use this information to build a strong case for compensation, focusing on recovering costs for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

  • Can a forklift injury lawyer help if I’m not sure who is at fault for the accident?

    Yes, a forklift injury lawyer can help identify responsible parties even if it’s initially unclear who is at fault.

    They will examine the details of the accident, such as forklift operation, the conditions of the work site, and the actions of other workers.

    Their investigation might reveal multiple liable parties, including the employer for inadequate safety training, the forklift manufacturer for defects, or maintenance staff for failing to perform necessary checks.

  • What types of compensation can a forklift injury lawyer help me recover?

    A forklift injury lawyer can help recover various types of compensation, including medical bills for immediate and ongoing treatment, lost wages for time off work, and compensation for permanent injuries.

    They may also seek damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and, in cases of gross negligence, punitive damages to penalize wrongful behavior.

  • How does a forklift injury lawyer determine the value of my claim?

    The lawyer evaluates the claim based on the severity of the injuries, the expected recovery time, any permanent disability, and the impact on the client’s quality of life.

    They consider past and future medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.

    The lawyer may consult with medical professionals and financial experts to accurately estimate these costs.

  • Why should I hire a forklift injury lawyer instead of handling the claim myself?

    Hiring a forklift injury lawyer provides expertise in navigating complex legal and insurance issues associated with workplace accidents.

    They understand the nuances of occupational safety regulations and have experience negotiating with insurance companies and employers.

    A lawyer ensures that all potential sources of compensation are explored and that the settlement reflects the full extent of the injuries and losses, providing advocacy that individuals might not manage on their own.

Written By:
Tor Hoerman

Tor Hoerman

Owner & Attorney - TorHoerman Law

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