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Potential Claims in Forklift Accident Lawsuits in Pennsylvania

Forklifts are used not only at construction sites, but also in factories, warehouses, and loading docks.  Injuries from forklifts usually occur as a result of contact with a forklift (run-over/strike incidents) or falls from the forklift, such as items falling from forklift pallets. In some instances, carbon monoxide poisoning occurs as a result of the use of a forklift in a small, poorly ventilated area.

Proper investigation is crucial after a serious injury or death resulting from a forklift accident.  A thorough investigation will reveal liability of all parties, such as:

  • forklift operating companies,
  • forklift manufacturers/distributors,
  • forklift maintenance/repair companies,
  • contractors,
  • subcontractors, and
  • employers.


There are many types of claims which can be made in forklift accident lawsuits in Pennsylvania.  Some of the most common types of claims include:

  • failure to train an operator in accordance with OSHA standards,
  • failure to adhere to other applicable OSHA workplace safety standards,
  • failure to provide a safety manager,
  • failure to inspect a forklift,
  • products liability claims such as manufacturing defect or defective design,
  • failure to warn, and
  • negligent maintenance or repair.


forklift with palletUnder Pennsylvania law, claims against forklift operating companies, forklift manufacturers, forklift maintenance companies, etc. can be made to compensate an injured worker for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. These claims can be made regardless of whether a workers' compensation claim was made.  In other words, such claims are independent of any workers' compensation claims.  However, claims against employers may be made in certain circumstances.  It is important to discuss your case with a qualified construction accident lawyer.

The single most important factor in a forklift accident resulting in serious injury is the investigation of all potential parties.  This ensures maximum compensation for the injured worker and their family. 

If you'd like to discuss your forklift accident case with our Pennsylvania and New Jersey construction accident lawyers, call 877.944.8396 for a free, no obligation consultation.
**This website does not provide legal advice.  Every case is unique and it is crucial to get a qualified, expert legal opinion prior to making any decisions about your case. 


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