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When Philadelphia Loading Dock Accidents Cause Severe Injuries

A loading dock accident in Pennsylvania can lead to debilitating injuries and extensive time off from work. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a loading dock accident in Pennsylvania, you should consult with a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer might be able to help you seek compensation in a personal injury claim in addition to your Workers' Compensation benefits.

Even if you are receiving Workers' Compensation benefits, you should still speak with a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer
. You might be able to bring a claim against third parties, such as equipment manufacturers whose negligence may have led to your injuries.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), each year about 4,500 forklift accidents occur in which a lift truck rolled off the loading dock.

The actual number of accidents is likely to be much higher because all loading dock accidents are not reported, especially near-misses. Accidents are usually reported only if someone dies or is severely injured.

A Close Look at Loading Dock Accidents 

It's crucial that employees are properly trained and safety procedures and protocol are strictly followed. Additionally, companies need to be aware of advances in safety equipment that could help prevent the following situations, which could be life-threatening: 

  • Vacant docks - while turning around, a forklift driver could back into a vacant position. This could result in the forklift crashing through the loading dock door and injuring bystanders.
  • Early departure - if a truck driver drives off before the forklift has completely left the trailer, the forklift driver could suffer injuries.
  • Trailer up-ending or trailer pop-up - this occurs when a trailer separates from the loading dock. It could happen when landing gear collapses or when weight in the trailer is uneven, causing the trailer's nose to pop up or down. Additionally, a trailer that's backing into a dock or leaving might hit another trailer, knocking it over.
  • Dock walk or trailer creep - The momentum of the forklift causes a trailer to slowly edge away from the dock. This leaves a dangerous gradually widening gap between the dock and the trailer. 

A Philadelphia personal injury lawyer can go over your case and help you determine who should be held accountable for your loading dock accident. You might be entitled to receive compensation for your current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and altered quality of life. If you have lost a loved one in a loading dock accident in Pennsylvania, you might be able to receive wrongful death compensation in a third party liability claim.

Help After a Loading Dock Accident in Pennsylvania

If you have been seriously injured in a loading dock accident in Pennsylvania, you shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence. Contact a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case. 1-877-944-8396.

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