Workers’ Compensation And Forklift Accidents
Each year, many workers in Georgia are seriously injured in forklift accidents.
If you have been hurt in this type of incident, it is critical to seek the help of a workers’ compensation lawyer who can investigate your situation and advise you on your options. At The Law Offices of T. Andrew Miller, LLC, in Atlanta, we are ready to help you pursue the benefits you deserve.
Types Of Forklift Accidents
Warehouse workers face a risk of injury on a regular basis from the heavy machinery.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, forklift-related accidents cause approximately 100 deaths nationally each year and 35,000 serious injuries. Forklift injuries happen in a variety of ways, including:
- Hitting other workers with the forklift
- Forklift tipping over and crushing the operator
- Imbalanced or improperly loaded freight dropping from the forklift
- Crushing someone between a forklift and another vehicle or wall
- Falling from a platform on the forks
If you have been injured in a forklift accident on the job, it’s important to speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Why Workers’ Compensation Exists
The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act requires nearly all employers to provide workers’ comp insurance to their employees. The program is paid entirely by the employer and is free for the employee.
Workers’ compensation benefits typically pay for the injured worker’s medical costs and pay a portion of the worker’s income while he or she is unable to work. The quantity and duration of the benefits depend on the extent of the disability and whether it is expected to be temporary or permanent.