Forklift And Crane Accident Lawyers In Overland Park
Forklifts, cranes and other types of heavy equipment are an essential part of many Kansas and Missouri workplaces, including warehouses, construction sites and manufacturing facilities, among others. When operator error or equipment malfunctions lead to serious injuries, employees have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits for their medical care, lost wages and other considerations.
These claims can become very expensive for the insurance company, and many legitimate claims are denied. If you have been injured in a crane or forklift accident on the job, be sure that you have reliable legal representation from a qualified attorney. At the Law Offices of Ankerholz and Smith, we have a substantial background representing clients in a broad range of these cases, and we are committed to seeing that you receive full and fair compensation for your losses.
Serving Kansas And Missouri Workers
If your injuries occurred due to a piece of defective machinery, you may have grounds to seek compensation in a separate personal injury claim that is completely unrelated to your ability to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. These are frequently referred to as third-party liability claims. Our attorneys’ experience handling both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims puts us in a strong position to provide effective representation in these matters.
When our client’s leg was backed over by a forklift, she lost much of the skin from her lower leg. Major skin grafting was required to cover the exposed bones in her leg. Because this was a workplace accident, Missouri workers’ compensation law applied. The maximum workers’ compensation recovery was quickly obtained, but it was limited under state law. In order to secure full compensation for the severe injury, our lawyers pursued a hotly contested co-employee negligence theory to seek remedies in civil court.
Defense lawyers argued that the workers’ compensation claim was the only recovery allowed. During mediation ordered by the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, civil compensation was also recovered.
Get Assistance After A Heavy Machinery Accident
We represent clients throughout Kansas and Missouri who have been injured in on-the-job heavy equipment accidents. Contact our office in Overland Park to discuss your case with a lawyer. You can reach us by phone at 913-800-6071 or contact us via email to schedule an appointment.