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Forklift Accidents

There are over 855,000 forklifts registered in the United States, according to the Industrial Truck Association (ITA). Forklifts are used in retail establishments, warehouses, and distribution centers. Forklifts can be extremely useful for moving large and heavy cargoes. When used improperly or poorly maintained, they can be dangerous to employees and passersby alike.

As of 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that there were nearly 62,000 non-serious and 35,000 serious injuries due to forklift accidents. Around 100 people are fatally injured annually. Sadly, most forklift accidents are preventable.

Common Causes of Forklift Accidents

Most forklift accidents happen because employees are improperly trained, disregard safety standards, or because the machines are not properly maintained.

  • Forklift rollover accidents. If a forklift has been improperly loaded, it can easily tip over. When this happens, the cargo can slip off, crushing the operator or others in the vicinity.
  • Forklifts should never be used to transport or elevate people. It is not uncommon for people to be injured or even killed as a result of falling off a forklift, getting caught in its components, or being rammed into a wall or structure because the operator loses control.
  • Pedestrian accidents. Forklifts are supposed to be equipped with an audio signal that automatically alerts anyone in its path, but sometimes this feature fails. Further, operators need to be cognizant of people around them.
  • Narrow passageways. Forklifts are intended to be used in open spaces like a vast warehouse. Using them in crowded corridors is problematic because a driver cannot see what is in front of him or her, and pedestrians do not have adequate space to get out of their path.
  • Failure of safety mechanisms. Forklifts are supposed to be equipped with overhead protection systems. These are intended to shield the operator should something fall on the forklift. Sometimes, this part, or another safety device like a seat belt, is missing or broken.

Of these scenarios, the most serious are forklift overturns—resulting in more forklift-related fatalities than any other cause. The other top causes of fatalities are being struck by a forklift or falling from a forklift.

Liability for Forklift Accidents

An experienced construction accident lawyer can help you identify the party responsible for your injury, or for the death of your loved one. If multiple parties are responsible, they may be held jointly and separately liable in some cases.

For example, if a forklift injures a consumer, both the driver and their employer company could be held liable. In other cases, such as when an operator is injured or killed in an overturn accident, the forklift manufacturer may be held liable for a failure to warn of a potential hazard or for a design or manufacturing defect.

Victims of forklift accidents caused by negligence or recklessness can recover money for medical expenses (past and future), pain and suffering, and loss of income via a third-party liability claim.

New Jersey Construction Accident Lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP Fight for Victims of Forklift Accidents

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a forklift accident, you need experienced legal representation. The New Jersey construction accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP fight to get our clients the best possible outcome. To arrange a free, no obligation consultation, call us at 732-384-1331 or contact us online today. With offices located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, we represent clients throughout New Jersey.

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"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-22T00:29:45+00:00

~ Client

"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

I have to say he is a great person.

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:42:12+00:00

~ Client

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

Mr. Zaslow is truly the best.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

~ C.C.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:44:24+00:00

~ C.C.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:48:36+00:00

~ Client

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

Very very pleased with the service and professionalism.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

~ M.M.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:51:39+00:00

~ M.M.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

This is a 5 star firm.

"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T18:04:32+00:00

~ Client

"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

I would highly recommend his firm.

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T18:07:23+00:00

~ Client

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."
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