The Legal Advice You Need After A Forklift Accident

New York has instituted an Industrial Code with regulations outlining safety requirements for the proper operation of cranes, forklifts, backhoes and other heavy equipment used on construction sites. Even when used properly, this equipment can be quite dangerous. When errors are made, serious injuries are likely to occur.

If you have been injured in a forklift, crane or backhoe accident, you may have the ability to seek compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit in addition to a workers' compensation claim.

Experienced Injury Attorneys | Serving Clients Throughout The NYC Area

The personal injury law firm of Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., is one of New York City's premier law firms for construction accident cases of all kinds. We have been helping injured construction workers for more than 50 years.

We understand the intricacies of New York construction law, and we have successfully obtained many hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Our construction accident attorneys are able to represent clients in cases involving:

  • Forklifts tipping over, which can injure both the operator and anyone below
  • Forklift operators and backhoe operators running over construction workers on the ground
  • Forklifts and backhoes failing to safely carry their loads
  • Forklifts crashing into other vehicles or equipment
  • Forklifts malfunctioning, dropping their loads or trapping a driver

Our lawyers have the investigative experience, the access to qualified experts and the experience to get results for you in construction-related accidents.

Sample Forklift, Backhoe And Crane Accident Case Results

  • $2.5 million settlement for a 37-year-old carpenter foreman who was injured while supervising delivery of heavy material at a construction site. His employer was using a backhoe to unload materials when they shifted and started to fall. He jumped off the truck to avoid being struck by the falling load and injured his knee. We successfully argued that the defendants had violated the Industrial Code regulations regarding the use of material hoists. He suffered a torn medial meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament tear requiring two arthroscopic knee reconstruction procedures and developed chronic low back injury due to his impaired gait.
  • $2.375 million settlement for a 44-year-old laborer working on job site who was struck in back by manlift operated by another trade, with neck injury requiring cervical fusion, and with low back sprain and shoulder tendinitis.
  • $600,000 settlement for a 54-year-old laborer foreman on construction project to refurbish an old bridge, who suffered crush injury of the foot with multiple fractures requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, when the operating engineer who was moving a heavy Jersey barrier with a backhoe failed to hoist it in conformity with the Industrial Code. Although the lower court dismissed this case, we were successful on appeal in reversing that decision and reinstating the lawsuit.

Contact Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C.

If you or a family member was injured in a forklift or backhoe accident, contact our attorneys by email, call our Manhattan office locally at 212.732.4992, or call us toll free at 800-574-4LAW for a free consultation. We accept all forklift and backhoe accident cases on a contingency fee basis. You owe us no fee unless we recover damages for you.

Case Results

Since 1965, we’ve recovered over $1 BILLION on behalf of our clients. read more
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    $2.1 million settlement

    for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.

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    $1.6 million settlement

    for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.

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    $2.55 million settlement

    for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.

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    $1.75 million settlement

    for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.

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    $2.5 million settlement

    for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.

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    $1.2 million settlement

    during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.