I was in a forklift accident at work in Pennsylvania. What are my rights?


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A: Pennsylvania workers who become injured in forklift accidents can seek two separate courses of action. First, a Pennsylvania worker injured on the job can make a workers’ compensation claim for the accident. Such benefits cover medical bills and wages lost from either a temporary or permanent disability. Pain and suffering damages are not covered under the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation scheme.

In addition to workers’ compensation, an injured worker may be able to make successful claims against other non-employer parties, such as:

  • forklift manufacturing companies,
  • forklift operating companies,
  • forklift maintenance companies, and/or
  • contractors at the work site.

Such additional claims may be based on products liability law or negligence/tort law and can be made in addition to any workers’ compensation claim. In these kinds of lawsuits, an injured worker can recover lost wages, medical bills as well as pain and suffering. However, proper investigation by an experienced forklift accident lawyer is crucial to success of these cases.

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Published: September 28, 2012