Construction is notorious for the hazardous work conditions. Thousands of construction workers are injured and even die each year. However, one piece of machinery has proven incredibly hazardous at a construction site, manufacturing plant, warehouse or supermarket – the forklift.
When someone is injured using a forklift while on-the-job, their case can be difficult because they may be seeking compensation for both personal injury and workers compensation. Many times, workers solely file for worker’s comp, but in doing so, that claim only covers medical expenses, short-term disability pay, and compensation for someone’s level of permanent disability. In other words, worker’s comp neglects other damage components seen in a personal injury claim, such as pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, impact on marital relations or punitive damages.
Sometimes a forklift accident occurs because of negligence or defectiveness. When this is the case, tort law holds the third parties liable. This also includes careless actions of others at the worksite like material suppliers, outside maintenance providers or property owners.
As you have read, claims involving both personal injury and worker’s compensation can be very complicated and are best left to a professional.
If you have had a Kansas workplace injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.
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