A worker was injured by a forklift at a construction site in Brooklyn according to the New York Law Journal in a February 8, 2016 article. The man claimed that he did not hear the forklift coming. According to New Yorkâ€™s Labor Laws, forklifts are required to make warning noises when moving in reverse. The man also cited another Labor Law in his case that deals with workplace safety. The man was injured when the forklift crushed his right legâ€™s fibula, right ankle and right foot. He claimed that the accident also exacerbated a preexisting hernia condition.
As a result, the man sued the property owners, the construction contractor and the site management company among other companies for his injuries. He requested money for pain and suffering, medical costs and $500,000 in lost wages.
The man spent nine days in the hospital after the accident, and according to his surgeon, he may need another surgery. The worker also claimed he had a limp and residual pain that prevented him from seeking meaningful employment, but the defendantâ€™s expert witness said that was not the case. Rather the expert said the man could work. Additionally, the defendantâ€™s expert orthopedist claimed that the man was recovering well and their expert neurosurgeon said that the manâ€™s claim about his worsened hernia was not related to the accident.
In the end, the partiesâ€™ insurance company settled the claim with the man for $3.45 million instead of going to trial.
If you have been hurt at work or in another type of accident, then you may be entitled to a large cash settlement for your injuries. This settlement is designed to cover expenses related to lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering (all both past and future). Jayson Lutzky is an accident and personal injury attorney offering free in-person consultations. Call 718-514-6619 to set up an appointment and visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzky.