Employees that work in factories, large distribution centers, warehouses or any of the massive home improvement stores across the country often work alongside forklift operators or employees on pallet jacks who move loads to various locations around a facility, sometimes pulling down or lifting up loads from towering shelves above or moving pallets across a facility.
Not surprisingly, motorized industrial vehicles carrying pallets in work sites where other workers are on foot or where multiple forklifts or pallet jacks are operating at the same time in cramped spaces can result in forklift and pallet jack work injuries. Numerous operators and their fellow employees are injured every year in forklift and pallet jack accidents, some resulting in fatalities.
Forklift and pallet jack injuries are wide-ranging and often include fractures, sprains, amputations, falls, struck by injuries, and caught in between injuries. While many forklift or pallet jack accidents involve run-over foot injuries, many other accidents involve operators and employees getting a leg, hand or foot caught in between shelves or when employees struck by falling objects that can result in head and neck injuries.
Injured in Forklift or Pallet Jack Accident
Contact an Iowa Workers’ Compensation Lawyer For Help
Workers seriously injured in forklift or pallet jack accidents are entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages under Iowa workers’ compensation rules. If a worker is injured while working at another business, they can pursue a third party injury claim to cover additional damages. If you or a family member is injured in a forklift or pallet jack work accident in the Quad Cities area, contact the Davenport Iowa workplace injury attorneys of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for immediate assistance at 563-355-6478.