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Fort Lauderdale Forklift Accident Lawyers

Accomplished Personal Injury Attorneys Recover Just Compensation For Victims Of Forklift Accidents In Palm Beach County and Broward County, Florida

Forklifts are cumbersome and difficult to maneuver and, unfortunately, they are involved in numerous construction accidents in Florida each year. From the operator’s failure to check the blind spots, to moving the forklift too fast, to machine malfunction, there are several common causes of forklift accidents.

Forklift accidents often result in serious injuries that require long-term treatment. Hospitalization, surgery, disability, and lost wages are all too common. Accomplished personal injury attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey protect the rights of accident victims and recover just compensation for our client’s injuries.

Florida Workers Who Are Injured In Construction Forklift Accidents May Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits

When you are injured at work, there are laws in place to protect you from injury or illness. But workplace accidents do happen, particularly in construction work. When a worker is injured in an accident, such as a forklift accident, they may receive workers’ compensation benefits.

It does not matter who is at fault for the accident; workers’ compensation benefits are still available to the injured worker. In Florida, workers’ compensation benefits include any of the following:

  • Coverage for medical treatment: workers may receive compensation for medical treatment that is a result of the workplace injury and that is also considered reasonable and necessary
  • Temporary disability benefits: workers who have suffered a temporary disability as a result of a workplace injury may receive compensation that is intended to replace a portion of the wages that were lost due to the injury
  • Permanent partial disability benefits: workers who have suffered permanent partial disability in workplace accidents may receive compensation, the level of which is based upon the specific body part that has been affected by the disability
  • Permanent total disability benefits: workers who have suffered permanent total disability in a workplace accident that will not improve with additional medical treatment may receive compensation
  • Cost of education or vocational rehabilitation: covered expenses for education or vocational training for workers who are injured at the workplace who need to pursue a new line of work as a result of the workplace injury

In Florida, an injured worker has 30 days to report the workplace injury to their employer, although there are exceptions to this timeframe in some cases.

Leading Personal Injury Attorneys Hold Negligent Parties Accountable For Forklift Accidents  

When negligence causes an accident, such as a forklift accident, the at-fault party can be held accountable for their actions (or their failure to act). Personal injury law provides a mechanism for injured victims to seek compensation for their injuries and other losses, by filing a personal injury claim to recover damages. Fault must be proven, and when that standard is met, the injured person may receive compensation for any of the following losses:

  • Cost of medical treatment
  • Emergency room expenses
  • Bills for doctor visits
  • Cost of prescription drugs
  • Bills for hospital stays
  • Cost of physical rehabilitation
  • Surgical costs 
  • Cost of in-home assistance
  • Emotional pain and suffering 
  • Loss of life enjoyment 
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Future anticipated medical expenses for the injury
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earned sick and vacation time

When considering whether you should file a personal injury claim for your forklift accident, keep in mind that the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is four years from the time the accident occurred. If your claim is not filed before the deadline passes, then the Florida court will dismiss your case.

Have Questions Regarding What Type Of Compensation You May Be Eligible To Receive For Your Forklift Accident? Schedule A Free Case Evaluation With Lawlor, White & Murphey

When you or a loved one has been injured in a forklift accident, the aftermath is often stressful, traumatic, and overwhelming. Decisions regarding medical treatment are accompanied by concerns over mounting healthcare costs, questions concerning the future of work, and whether anyone is to blame for your accident. Let us help you navigate this difficult time.

At Lawlor, White & Murphey, personal injury law is all we do. Our team is dedicated to helping Floridians who have suffered accident injuries, fighting on their behalf to recover just compensation for their injuries and other losses. Our personal injury attorneys are available to answer your questions and provide a free case evaluation so that you and your family can make the most informed decision possible regarding your forklift accident claim. To arrange for your free consultation with a member of our team, contact our office.

Frequently Asked Questions About Forklift Accidents In Palm Beach County and Broward County, Florida

FAQ: I was injured in a forklift accident at work. Do I have to prove that I wasn’t at fault for the accident to recover compensation?

Workers’ compensation benefits are provided to workers regardless of who caused the workplace accident. If you are filing a personal injury claim, you will need to prove that someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident in order to recover compensatory damages. Deciding whether to file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim can be a difficult decision to make; experienced accident attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey offer a free case evaluation so that you can make the most informed decision regarding your case.

FAQ: I was injured in a forklift accident at work because my employer was negligent. If I file a workers’ compensation claim and say the accident is their fault, won’t my employer try to punish me or fire me?

For starters, workers’ compensation claims do not require proving fault. In fact, these benefits are available to workers who are injured in workplace accidents regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Second, workers’ compensation is designed to protect the worker and the employer. When you file a workers’ compensation claim, you forgo the right to file a lawsuit against your employer or any of your co-workers for the injury you sustained in the accident. The employer is prohibited from taking any retaliatory action against you because of the workers’ compensation claim and has no reason for doing so since you are unable to file a lawsuit against them.

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John K. Lawlor

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

Ben Murphey

A partner at Lawlor, White & Murphey and a distinguished personal injury lawyer, Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2010-2013 and Super Lawyers 2014-2019.

Anthony B. White

Since 1994, seasoned litigation and trial lawyer Anthony B. White has helped thousands of accident victims seek damages due to injuries sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. Included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals and selected to the 2012, 2014-2019 editions of Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. White specializes in car accidents, insurance disputes, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice cases.

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I cannot say enough about Anthony – he treated me like a friend instead of just another client. He was always available to answer any concerns, and provide guidance about my case.

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$1.7million

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$2.0million

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$3.0million

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