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Our California Forklift Accident Lawyers Are Here To Make It Right, When You’ve Been Wronged

Earning a living in an industry that involves using heavy machinery, like forklifts, can expose you to serious accidents. If you were injured in one, contact our California forklift accident lawyers at (888) 488-1391 or chat with us to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We can help you recover compensation for your injuries and damages.

Imagine working a long day, looking forward to coming home to your family, when suddenly, you’re met with an unfortunate accident involving a forklift. Accidents with this machinery can cause serious bodily injury and even death. Severe injuries mean crippling medical bills and lost wages. A forklift accident can leave you physically and financially devastated. 

After an accident, you need an advocate to help you protect your legal rights. The personal injury attorneys at Arash Law have decades of experience helping injured forklift drivers get the compensation they need to get their lives back on track. We have obtained more than $500 Million in settlements and awards for injured Californians who trust us to help them with their financial recovery. We want to help you, too.

How Can California Forklift Accident Lawyers Help Me?

Accident attorneys are trained to help injured people win their accident claims. You want experienced forklift accident attorneys in California to assist you through this stressful process. A lawyer can guide you every step of the way.

Forklift accidents can quickly get complex. They often involve complicated legal issues that only knowledgeable forklift accident attorneys can handle. One way an experienced attorney can help you is by handling the legal aspects of your recovery after a forklift accident. Lawyers can help ensure your case is not lost based on technicalities like missing the statute of limitations or other important deadlines.

Having an attorney can also help reduce any feelings of intimidation you might feel while you undergo this process. After a forklift accident, you might face a fight with the insurance company along with your employer. Without an attorney, it can be scary to ask for what you deserve after an accident. Having a legal team behind you puts you in a better position to collect the financial compensation you need to cover your losses. An attorney gives you more negotiation power.

Your attorney can also help you investigate the cause of the accident. After a workplace accident, your employer will thoroughly investigate, hoping they can find something to avoid paying you for your injuries. Your workplace accident lawyers can conduct an independent investigation on your behalf. You will want as much information as possible to help craft the best strategy for your case. Investigating the case alone can be difficult. Forklift accident lawyers in California can use their resources to streamline the investigation process and build the strongest possible case.

OSHA Safety Regulations Involving Forklifts

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes guidelines for companies regarding the use of heaving machinery, including forklifts. Typically, if a company and driver follow the rules set by OSHA, they should be able to avoid injuries. OSHA has listed the following ways to prevent forklift accidents including:

  • Not giving people rides or lifting people using the forklift
  • Observing and following the posted speed limit
  • Using safety equipment like horns and lights, if available
  • Operating the vehicle according to the manufacturer’s manual
  • Wearing seatbelts during operation
  • Using proper footing and firmly grasping the handhold when entering and exiting the forklift
  • Loading the forklift properly
  • Ensuring sufficient visibility when reversing, raising, loading, or operating the forklift
  • Remaining aware of the surrounding vehicles when operating a forklift
  • Steering away from platforms or ramp edges when the vehicle is too close
  • Not raising or lowering the load while traveling on the forklift
 

In addition to the guidelines listed above, forklift operators should always receive proper training and ensure that their certifications are updated. An unlicensed driver should never operate a forklift. Employers should also ensure that their drivers know how to operate the different types of forklifts.

Forklift drivers should be aware of and complete proper maintenance procedures. Machines that have malfunctioned should be removed from use. Additionally, drivers and companies should keep their forklifts clean. Drivers should remove excess oil and grease if they find it. They are to report any issues and ensure that the problems are fixed in a timely manner.

If you think that an OSHA violation caused your injuries, immediately reach out to our forklift accident lawyers in California. We’ll conduct a full investigation of the accident to determine exactly what happened and point out who’s responsible for paying you for your losses.

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Where Do California Forklift Accidents Happen?

Most California forklift accidents happen in the workplace, but they can happen at various locations. Some of the most common locations of forklift accidents include the following: 

Big Box Retail Stores

Big box and retail stores, like Walmart, Costco, and Target, are common sites for forklift accidents. These stores have high shelves that hold a lot of stock. They are also high-traffic areas. Big box and retail stores are potential spots for serious injury. 

Construction Sites

Heavy machinery is commonly seen and used on construction sites. Forklift and other construction accidents can happen if the site is not properly regulated for safety or if workers or employers are negligent. 

Loading And Unloading Docks

Loading and unloading docks involve freight deliveries. Accidents happen when workers who use industrial trucks to complete their jobs are negligent.

Manufacturing Warehouses

Warehouse workers in manufacturing facilities are constantly around forklifts. Since their work requires the use of heavy machinery, even the smallest mistake can cause serious injury or death.

No matter where the incident took place, the best forklift accident attorneys in California can help you get back on your feet. Reach out to us today for a free, no-obligation consultation by calling or filling out our contact form.

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What Causes California Forklift Accidents?

Accidents happen for a variety of reasons. Using heavy machinery, including forklifts, is dangerous, and the misuse of these machines can lead to serious injuries or death. OSHA provides guidance to companies regarding the dangers of using forklifts. Failing to follow these rules can cause a critical injury. 

Holding employers, drivers, manufacturers, and other potential defendants accountable for causing accidents is an important part of our legal system. Some of the more common causes of forklift accidents that typically entitle victims to compensation are discussed below.

Failure To Maintain Equipment

Forklifts must be well-maintained. Missing even a single routine maintenance schedule can cause the machine to malfunction. If the forklift is not properly maintained, a breakdown can happen quickly. Forklifts that break down while carrying heavy materials can cause products to fall onto employees and customers who are in close proximity. 

Failure To Chock The Forklift

“Chocking” the forklift means placing a wedge in front of each wheel to prevent the movement of the forklift and the products it carries. Drivers should “chock” the forklift when they park the machine because setting the brake is not enough to ensure forklift safety if the load is too heavy. 

Exceeding Its Load Rating

Improperly loaded forklifts can tip over and cause an accident. Too much weight can tilt the machinery forward, causing it to fall. If a tipping accident happens, then the driver and the people surrounding the vehicle are in immediate danger of injury or death. Tip-overs are also commonly called rollover accidents. 

Unsafe Operation

Forklifts are steered with their back wheels, a unique steering method. Because operating a forklift is difficult, drivers need a special license or certification. Failure to safely operate a vehicle, and in some cases, failure to obtain proper licensure, can be evidence of negligence. Forklifts are also susceptible to a tipping accident if the vehicle is driven up a steep incline or operated recklessly.

Employer Negligence

Negligent employees can cause serious accidents. However, they are not always solely at fault, especially if they did not receive proper training. Employers are required to keep the workplace safe and properly train employees. An employer might be legally liable for an accident caused by their negligent hiring or negligent retention practices.

Negligent hiring might include employing a driver with convictions for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, for example. Negligent retention might include keeping an employee with a proven track record of causing workplace accidents.

Manufacturing Defects

Manufacturers are required to provide safe products to consumers. Manufacturing defects, especially on the critical parts of heavy machinery, can cause accidents. If a manufacturer does not design or produce safe equipment, it might face legal liability. A proper investigation should be completed to determine the cause of the accident and hold the manufacturer accountable for causing it. 

Construction Site Hazards

Unsafe and poorly maintained construction sites can lead to serious accidents. Employers must keep sites free from obstructions and other hazards to avoid injury-causing accidents. 

Determining the cause can help us identify who’s responsible for the accident. If you want a deeper look into the details of your case, contact the forklift accident lawyers California relies on. We will ensure everyone who has been negligent and contributed to your injuries will pay for your damages.

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Who Is Responsible For Causing A California Forklift Accident?

Forklift accidents can get complicated because of all the potential defendants present in the case. For example, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if the accident happened on the job. Workers’ compensation benefits can pay for rehabilitation costs, disability coverage, lost wages, and medical care. The purpose of these benefits is to cover the victim’s accident-related financial losses incurred while performing duties within the scope of their jobs.

Keep in mind that injured employees who file a worker’s compensation claim cannot recover non-economic losses. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other similar intangible losses. Also, injured employees cannot file an injury lawsuit against their employer if they choose to file a workers’ compensation claim

If a third party caused the accident, the injured victim can file a personal injury lawsuit against that same party. For example, if your accident happens because of a manufacturing error, you might have a right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturing company. Our experienced California forklift accident attorneys can help you understand your rights to compensation.

Your Employer

Employers are responsible for ensuring that forklifts used by employees are safe, whether rented or purchased. If they buy or rent defective machines, they may be held legally liable for any resulting injuries. 

Additionally, employers must provide proper forklift training to their employees. Companies should avoid hiring or retaining incompetent employees who pose a safety risk.

However, proving that the employer was negligent in hiring, training, or retaining their employees can be difficult. An experienced forklift accident attorney is the best way to help present your case in the best light to recover financial compensation. 

The Forklift Operator

Forklift operators can cause an accident. Drivers who do not follow forklift guidelines or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol might be legally liable for a resulting accident. Operators share the responsibility with employers to maintain proper training and certification.

The Forklift Vendor

Some companies lease the forklifts from a vendor, who is responsible for maintaining and servicing their units. Forklift vendors are also expected to train operators in the proper handling of their machines. When they exhibit negligence in these duties, the equipment could malfunction, leading to significant employee injuries and deaths. As a result, the owner of the forklift might face legal liability for an accident.

The Manufacturing Company

Forklift sellers and manufacturing companies are responsible for releasing safe machines into the marketplace. Defective product designs include those that do not comply with safety standards, which can lead to legal liability for manufacturing companies. 

Regardless of who caused the accident, our forklift accident lawyers in California will go after them. We’ll make sure that your damages are paid for by any and all responsible parties. If you want to learn if you have a valid claim and get started on your case, don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 488-1391.

Types Of Forklift Accidents Our Attorneys Work On

There are many different types of California forklift accidents. The five major types of forklift accidents common across California include the following: 

Crush Accidents

Crushes are common in forklift accidents. They occur when a person is stuck between a wall and the machine, for example, or when an employee is caught between two vehicles. Crush accidents happen for many reasons, including machine malfunction, operator error, and the victim’s miscalculation. A crush accident victim might face serious injuries, like internal injuries, broken bones, and death.

Load-Related Accidents

Forklift loads should be properly secured to ensure safety. Even if forklifts always carry a heavy load because that is their purpose, it is important not to exceed their weight limits. Loads that are too heavy or that are improperly secured can fall and cause grave injuries.

Falling Objects

Forklift drivers use the machines to lift heavy loads to substantial heights, which puts anyone, including the driver and others around the area, at risk. For example, if the forklift moves unexpectedly, an accident can happen. The heavy load can fall off the lift. Falls from great heights can increase the severity of the injury. Falling objects from a high place are also more likely to cause fatalities, especially if they hit a person on the head.

Tip-Overs

Tip-overs or rollover accidents are the most common types of forklift crashes and are known for being particularly dangerous. Improperly loaded or unstable forklifts can easily cause an accident. Tip-overs also happen because of operational errors, speeding, sharp turns, and uneven driving surfaces.

Pedestrian Accidents

There is always a risk of a pedestrian accident when forklifts are involved. The operator usually can’t easily see people on the ground. When forklifts collide with pedestrians, there is a great risk of fatal consequences since they have no protection against thousands of pounds of metal. Given the weight of these vehicles and how fast they move, getting hit by one can cause a person to suffer debilitating and even fatal injuries. 

Pedestrian accidents usually happen when the driver is distracted, has reduced visibility, or someone is in their blind spot. However, pedestrian accidents can also happen if the individuals are not aware of their surroundings and walk into a driver’s blind spot. 

Our California forklift accident lawyers have handled thousands of work injury cases, including those involving forklifts. We’ve recovered over $500 Million for our clients who chose to trust us, and we’ll do the same for you. If you have questions about your case, our attorneys are available 24/7 to receive your call.

Common Injuries In Forklift Accidents

Our personal injury lawyers know that every accident is unique. However, forklifts and other accidents that involve heavy machinery can cause more devastation than typical passenger car accidents. Customers, forklift operators, and construction workers are vulnerable to injuries, including the following: 

 

Our skilled and knowledgeable forklift accident lawyers in California can help you recover the compensation you deserve. If you have suffered any of the above injuries, immediately call our accident hotline at (888) 488-1391.

What Should I Do After A California Forklift Accident?

An accident can cause serious bodily injury or death in the blink of an eye. What you do after an accident can be critically important to your legal claim. Consider taking these steps to get the most out of your forklift accident settlement. 

Stay Calm

Remain calm and stay positive throughout this process. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the prospect of pursuing compensation through a settlement with the insurance company or in court, but having the right legal team supporting you can help you get through it and get the best results available. Hiring good forklift accident lawyers can help you focus on the things that are important during this ordeal.

Seek Medical Attention

After an accident, your physical well-being is the most important thing. Seek immediate medical attention after a forklift accident. 

It can be tempting to skip a visit to the emergency room or doctor’s office if you feel that your injuries are not serious. However, keep in mind that even if your injuries do not initially appear critical, you could still be suffering from significant harm. For example, organ damage and internal bleeding typically require a medical diagnosis before the victim learns of their presence. Likewise, some injuries do not present themselves for days after the accident. It is crucial that you keep up with your medical treatment to prevent your injuries from worsening. 

Start Gathering Evidence

Start gathering evidence as soon as possible. You should also take note of everything that you remember from the accident. Examples of information and proof that you should collect as an accident victim include: 

  • The date and time that the accident happened
  • Any details you remember about what happened leading up to the accident and what happened immediately after the crash
  • The names of any witnesses 
  • The names of supervisors and anyone from the company that you spoke with after the accident 
  • Surveillance images and videos 
  • Forklift maintenance records 
  • The name of the company your employer uses to perform forklift maintenance 
  • Names and employment records of any employees involved in the accident 
Take Pictures And Videos

Visual evidence is important in civil accident cases. It allows insurance agents, judges, and jury members to visualize clearly the extent of your harm. Helping them understand how you were injured could help you get the best results as you try to get compensation for your injuries. With pictures and videos, you can effectively explain the circumstances of your accident and strengthen your case.

Contact The Best Forklift Accident Attorneys in California

After a forklift accident, you need experienced lawyers on your side. Having a legal team collaborate with you through your case is a vital part of getting the financial compensation you deserve. Consulting with the forklift accident attorneys California trusts can put you on the right track toward financial recovery. 

What Are My Legal Options After A Forklift Accident?

There are various legal options available to victims after a forklift injury. For instance, most forklift accidents across the United States happen at work while employees perform their duties. If you are injured at work, you can file a workers’ compensation claim. 

There are other legal options available if you suspect that a third party is responsible for causing your accident. If another person or entity caused the accident, you might be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit, a premises liability claim, or a product liability claim. 

In the event that the accident caused the victim’s death, their surviving family members might be entitled to file a workplace or wrongful death claim against the employer or responsible third party. 

Speak to experienced forklift accident attorneys before accepting any settlement offer, especially before resolving a workers’ compensation claim. Remember that you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer once you accept a worker’s compensation settlement claim. If you need any assistance in this matter, contact our knowledgeable employment lawyers. They can shed light on current labor code regulations and how they apply to your situation.

Importance Of Latched Doors And Safety Posts For Forklift Operations

Forklifts and other heavy machinery need safety devices to protect drivers in the event of an accident. Two of the most commonly used safety devices are latched doors and safety posts. Each of these devices is explained in more detail below.

Safety Posts

Safety posts on forklifts are used to prevent accidents, particularly tip-overs or rollovers. Safety posts (also called Rollover Protective Structures) are commonly used in heavy machinery. These devices protect the forklift driver and prevent crush injuries. 

Latched Doors

Latched doors are less common than safety posts, but they are another safety feature on heavy machinery, including forklifts. They function as restraining devices. If an accident occurs, latch doors can prevent the driver from being thrown from the vehicle. A defective or missing latch device can cause serious or deadly injuries if the driver gets into an accident. 

Latched doors are safer for forklift operators. Drivers in the material handling industry are at higher risk than drivers in other industries because they operate machinery that must lift and transport heavier loads. Drivers can endure serious injuries and even death. As such, they need better protection, like door latches. However, despite the widespread knowledge that latched doors help keep operators safe, installing them on forklifts is not an industry-wide practice. 

Failing to use safety features can be negligence on the part of the employer since they are responsible for preventing foreseeable accidents. See if this applies to your case by calling our forklift accident lawyers in California today.

What Damages Are Available For Forklift Accident Victims?

Physically recovering from a forklift accident is only part of getting your life back on track. The second part is financial recovery. Forklift accident victims are entitled to recover certain accident-related losses, including those that affect you for the rest of your life. Financial recovery is not easy, but getting the full and fair compensation that you deserve after an accident can help you and your family move forward after a crash.

Examples of common compensable losses you can recover after a forklift accident include the following:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost income and lost earning capacity
  • Disability costs
  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Wrongful death
 
Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Workers’ compensation insurance might be available to pay for your injuries if the accident happened while you were completing your job. Under California law, employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance so that employees are protected in case of workplace injuries. 

Workers’ compensation insurance covers certain losses, like medical bills and lost income, if your injuries prevent you from working. Additionally, surviving family members of an employee who dies in a workplace accident can file for workers’ compensation benefits to cover funeral and burial expenses.

Product Liability

Product liability claims involve suing a manufacturer for placing a defective product in the marketplace. Industries that use heavy machinery, like forklifts, need to be able to rely on manufacturers to deliver quality equipment. If your accident was the result of faulty parts, you might have a legal right to pursue compensation against the manufacturer itself.

A forklift accident attorney can help you build your case against the manufacturer. In order to win a product liability case: 

  • An accident plaintiff must prove that the forklift or the parts that make up the machine were built by the manufacturer and that the issues existed before the forklift was sent to the market.
  • The plaintiff must prove that they purchased the forklift from the manufacturer.
  • The plaintiff must show that the manufacturer is in the business of selling the types of machines that were defective.
  • The plaintiff must prove that there was some sort of defect in the forklift.
  • Next, the plaintiff must show that the machine’s defective part caused their injuries.
  • The plaintiff must prove that they took reasonable steps to inform the sellers of the machine that the forklift was defective and that the defect caused the plaintiff’s injury.
Premises Liability

Premises liability is a body of law that holds property and business owners accountable for injuries that happen on their property. Potential defendants in a premises liability case include but are not limited to, big box stores, construction site owners, and warehouse owners.

Premises liability claims against employers might have their basis in negligent hiring and negligent retention of bad employees. To win a claim on this basis, the employee must prove the following: 

  • The forklift driver was either incompetent or unfit to perform their job. An incompetent or unfit driver might have driving infractions on their record or DUI convictions. An employer must ensure that it only hires safe drivers.
  • The injured employee must prove that the employer either knew or should have known about the forklift driver’s incompetence when they hired them or before the accident happened.
  • Because of the driver’s incompetence or unfitness, the employee suffered an injury.
 

By demonstrating these elements, the forklift accident lawyer and the injured employee can prove that the employer’s negligent hiring or retention of the driver caused their injuries and was a substantial factor in the accident.

What If A Third Party Caused The Accident?

In some cases, another person or employee caused the accident. You could be entitled to file a personal injury claim against an individual if they are personally responsible for causing the accident. For example, if you are injured on a construction site because a car cut you off while you were operating heavy machinery and they were at fault, you might have a claim against the driver and their insurance company. An experienced forklift accident attorney can help you identify all potential at-fault parties to increase your odds of getting full and fair compensation after an accident. 

Again, getting financial recovery after a forklift accident is not easy. Speak with our reliable California forklift accident lawyers to learn more about your legal rights and how to get the maximum financial compensation after a crash.

How Long Do I Have To Sue After A California Forklift Accident

How Long Do I Have To Sue After A California Forklift Accident?

The statute of limitations is a deadline set by state law that limits the time a plaintiff has to file a lawsuit against a defendant. These deadlines are critically important to your case. Missing the statute of limitations can mean that your case will be dismissed, and you will not be able to collect compensation.

The time limit that a plaintiff has to file a lawsuit depends on the type of legal action they pursue. Here are some common types of legal claims and the corresponding statute of limitations:

  • Personal injury lawsuits must be filed within two years of the accident.
  • Property damage must be filed three years from the date the damage occurred.
  • The breach of an oral contract should be filed two years from the date the contract was breached.
  • For claims against government agencies, plaintiffs have six months from the date of the incident to file a claim with the agency. If the agency denies the plaintiff’s claim, then the plaintiff has six months from the date of the denial to file a lawsuit in court. The agency has 45 days from the date the claim is filed to respond.
  • Once a written contract is breached, the plaintiff has four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for damages.
 

Remember, after the statute of limitations runs out, the plaintiff no longer has any legal grounds for a lawsuit. To learn more about the deadlines, visit one of our offices near you and consult an experienced California forklift accident lawyer.

California Forklift Accident Statistics

Forklift accidents are, unfortunately, pretty common occurrences in the country. In 2021-2022, there were 73 work-related deaths caused by forklifts. On the other hand, the number of non-fatal forklift-related injuries reached 24,960 in the same year.  Improperly loaded and operated forklifts are responsible for both injury-causing and deadly accidents. 

According to OSHA, forklift operation is considered a high-risk occupation. Across the United States, more than 850,000 forklifts are currently in use. OSHA has reported that between 20,000 and 35,000 forklift accidents happen annually. There are 85 fatal forklift accidents every year. 

To avoid senseless injury and death, OSHA recommends that every forklift driver receive adequate training before operating a forklift. Proper training is essential. 

California employers take a lot of responsibility when forklift accidents happen. A forklift accident can lead to devastating injuries and massive losses. Its effects can seriously change your life and alter the course of your life for the rest of it. If you were injured in a forklift accident, you need the right legal team of California forklift accident lawyers working on your behalf. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Forklift accidents can happen because of different physical factors at work that make crashes much more likely. Uneven or slippery floors can cause forklifts to lose their grip, leading to loss of control, crashes, or tip-over accidents. Obstacles on the floor, like trash, wires, or tools, can make it dangerous for the forklift to stop or change its path suddenly, which could put the operator and workers nearby in danger.

Another important thing to consider is overhead clearance. Fixtures, beams, or lines that hang low can get in the way of the forklift’s path, especially while it’s lifting or moving tall things. These things can damage the forklift or make the loads unsteady enough to fall. Ramps and grades add to the difficulties because the forklift must be carefully controlled so as not to roll backward or forward. The slope can also make the forklift less stable, especially if the load isn’t balanced.

Employers can contribute in many ways to prevent forklift accidents. For example, they can help protect workers from being struck by a forklift by defining specific areas as no-pedestrian zones. Additionally, employers must ensure that the areas where forklifts are used are well-lit and clear of hazards and obstacles. Forklift drivers should have plenty of room to maneuver in any space they operate in.

Aside from the employer, all workers are expected to exercise care to prevent forklift accidents. However, some can be particularly reckless or even intentional with their actions, potentially leading to injuries or deaths. If our California forklift accident lawyers find this to be the case, we can explore the option of filing a personal injury claim against these negligent parties.

OSHA does not require backup alarms or warning lights for forklifts, even though most new equipment has these features built-in. However, forklifts must have at least one sound-producing device or horn to alert pedestrians and other drivers of their approaching presence at blind junctions and cross aisles when visibility is obscured.

Forklift operators are expected to wear seatbelts at any given time they’re riding or operating this machine. Many accidents involving heavy machinery, including forklifts, are made even worse by neglecting to use a seatbelt. The general rule of thumb is that if seat belts are installed on equipment or vehicles, they must be worn at all times.

Yes, as an undocumented worker, you can file an injury claim after a forklift accident. In California, workers’ compensation laws protect all workers, regardless of their immigration status. This means you have the right to medical treatment and compensation for injuries sustained on the job.

To file an injury claim, you need to do the following:

  1. Tell your boss right away about the accident. You should do this immediately to ensure your claim is recorded and handled promptly.
  2. Get medical help for your injuries. Make sure to tell the doctor or nurse that the injury happened at work so that it is logged correctly.
  3. A Workers’ Compensation Claim Form (DWC-1) should be given to you by your boss. Fill it out and send it back to your supervisor. This will start the claims process.
  4. Be sure to keep detailed records of the accident, your injuries, your medical care, and any conversations you have with your insurance company and employer. This documentation could be very important if there are any disputes about your claim.
  5. Follow your doctor’s treatment plan and any other medical advice they give you. Not doing so could affect your claim and the process of getting your money back.
  6. Consult with good forklift accident attorneys in California who can help you through the process, especially if you encounter problems regarding your immigration situation.

Contact The Best Forklift Accident Lawyers California Goes To For Help

The experienced forklift accident attorneys at Arash Law are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. If you have suffered from accident-related injuries after using a forklift, we are here to help you. 

Arash Law, led by the esteemed Arash Khorsandi, Esq., has decades of experience helping injured Californians get the financial compensation they deserve after an accident. The injuries that you suffer as a result of a forklift accident can be permanent, changing your life and your family’s life for years after the impact. We want to help you get the best results in your case. 

Contact us today at (888) 488-1391 or through our online chat feature to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We look forward to speaking with you. 

In addition to forklift and other workplace accidents, our personal injury law firm handles car accidents, truck accident cases, motorcycles, pedestrians, Uber, Lyft, and other types of accidents in the state of California. We offer our legal services throughout the Golden State, including the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Riverside, Stockton, Chula Vista, Irvine, Fremont, San Bernardino, Modesto, Oxnard, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Santa Monica, and more.

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