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Erie, PA Forklift Accidents Lawyers

Experienced Forklift Accident Attorneys Vigorously Pursue Full Compensation for Injured Accident Victims in Erie, PA

Working with or around forklifts can subject those individuals to unique and significant hazards and risks of injury. Operating a forklift is much more complicated than driving a car, so when a person is not properly trained to use a forklift, it can lead to serious accidents. Serious forklift accidents can also occur when a forklift is defectively designed or manufactured, or when the negligence of another person around the forklift causes an accident. 

If you or a loved one have been seriously hurt in a forklift accident in Erie or elsewhere in northwest Pennsylvania, the forklift accident attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey stand ready to help you get the compensation you need following your accident. We can help you understand your rights and options for seeking financial recovery based on the circumstances of your case. We’ll aggressively advocate and negotiate on your behalf to get you the outcome you need and deserve.

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a forklift accident, don’t delay starting the process of getting compensation for your injuries. Contact Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation with our Erie forklift accident attorneys today.

Frequent Injuries Suffered in Forklift Accidents

Forklift accidents can result in all kinds of injuries ranging from minor scrapes and bruises to serious, life-threatening injuries. Injuries can happen when a person (or a body part) is crushed between the forklift and the floor or a wall or a piece of equipment, or when an object falls from a forklift, or when a forklift tips over, or when a forklift is involved in a collision with another forklift or vehicle. Some of the most common injuries suffered in forklift accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Soft-tissue injuries, including sprains and tears of ligaments, tendons, and muscles
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

At Purchase, George & Murphey, our Erie forklift accident attorneys can help you recover compensation no matter what kind of serious injuries you may have suffered in your accident. 

Construction Accident Lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. Fight to Hold Negligent Parties Accountable for the Injuries Forklift Accident Victims Suffer

An injured victim of a forklift accident is often entitled to be compensated for his or her injuries. At Purchase, George & Murphey, our Erie forklift attorneys work tirelessly to help our clients secure a financial recovery after they have been injured in a forklift accident. When our clients are construction, factory, or warehouse workers who are injured in a forklift accident, we help them pursue workers’ compensation benefits claims with their employer to help pay for medical treatments for their injuries and to provide partial wage replacement or disability benefits if they miss work or are unable to return to work. If they are injured due to some defect of the forklift, we can also help them pursue a defective products claim against the forklift manufacturer. And if our client is an innocent bystander injured by the negligent operation of a forklift, our firm is ready to pursue a civil claim on their behalf. No matter what, we ensure that our clients receive financial compensation to help them recover from their injuries and begin to get their lives back to normal following their accident.

Contact Purchase, George & Murphey Today to Speak to Our Attorneys in a No-Obligation Consultation

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a forklift accident, contact Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. today to schedule a no-cost consultation with our Erie forklift accident lawyers to discuss the details of your case and to learn more about your rights and options and how our firm can help you secure the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. 

About Erie, PA

The city of Erie, Pennsylvania is the county seat of Erie County, Pennsylvania. Located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, the city of Erie is the largest municipality in northwestern Pennsylvania and the fourth-largest city in the whole state. Named for the Native Americans of the Erie Nation who inhabited the area up until the mid-17th century, European settlers first came to the area when the French built forts in response to British colonial expansion. The French abandoned the area after the Seven Years’ War; following the Revolutionary War, the area where Erie is located became part of Pennsylvania. Erie initially boomed in the 19th century thanks to the shipbuilding and fishing industries, before building a manufacturing hub in the city’s downtown in the 20th century. Today, Erie has also developed strong industries in healthcare, technology, services, and tourism.

Frequently Asked Questions about Forklift Accidents in Erie, PA

FAQ: What should I do after a forklift accident?

If you’ve been injured in a forklift accident, there are steps you can take to protect your rights to compensation. First, you should report your accident to your employer; failing to follow your employer accident-reporting policies can lead to denial of your subsequent workers’ compensation claim. You should also seek prompt medical treatment, which can help preserve your claim for workers’ compensation and create an independent record of your accident and injuries. If possible, you should try to take photographs of the scene as soon as possible after your accident, capturing the forklift, the surrounding area, any circumstances that contributed to the accident, and any visible injuries you have. Finally, you should speak to a forklift accident attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options following your accident.

FAQ: If my employer failed to follow proper safety protocols for forklifts can I file a lawsuit against them?

Usually no. An injured employee is limited by law to seeking compensation from his or her employer for work-related injuries by filing a workers’ compensation claim. Although workers’ compensation benefits are usually the sole course of action for an injured employee against his or her employer, if an employer’s reckless or intentional acts caused the accident (such as willfully failing to provide proper safety equipment as a form of punishment or retribution), then the injured employee may be able to bring a civil lawsuit.

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At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.

$700,000

Motorcycle Fatality

Client’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver. His underinsured motorist carrier originally denied coverage, based on a policy exclusion, and then offered only half the coverage.

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Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

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An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.

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