Abogado de accidente de carretilla elevadora

Accidentes de carretillas elevadoras: un problema importante en Texas

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) an estimated 96,785 injuries occur each year as a direct result of forklift misuse. (Almost 35,000 of those are serious injuries.) Thus out of an estimated 855,900 total forklifts in the United States, one out of every ten will be involved in an accident resulting in an injury. Fortunately, when injury occurs you are not alone.

Abogados con experiencia en Houston Forklift Accident Attorneys

Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., has handled numerous forklift accident cases involving lesiones graves against negligent employers in and around the Houston area. Keith M. Fletcher, currently represents three employees against The Grocers Supply, Co., Inc. for forklift injuries sustained in three separate incidents. From the warehouses to the shipyards, forklift accidents are a regular occurrence in Houston and the southeast Texas region. If have been injured due to the negligent operation of a forklift, you should call us now for a free consultation. We charge no fees unless we win your case.

Llame a Simmons y Fletcher, PC sin cargo para conocer sus derechos: (800) 298-0111.

Causas comunes de accidentes de montacargas

There are many reasons why Forklift accidents occur. Sadly, all of them are preventable yet they still occur with great frequency. They can be divided into two main categories: Operator Negligence and Employer Negligence.

Operator Negligence

  • Exceso de velocidad
  • Payasadas
  • Conducir con la carga elevada
  • Cargas desequilibradas
  • Giros, frenos u otros procedimientos de manejo incorrectos
  • Respaldo cuando no es seguro
  • No se tienen en cuenta las bajas holguras o corredores estrechos

Otra razón común para los accidentes que involucran carretillas elevadoras es la negligencia del empleador. Los empleadores tienen el deber de proteger a sus trabajadores de los peligros en el trabajo y de proporcionar un entorno de trabajo seguro. Como nosotros y muchos abogados de lesiones por montacargas lo sabemos muy bien, cuando los empleadores cortan esquinas, los trabajadores se lastiman.

Employer Negligence

Hay varias formas en que la malversación de un empleador puede causar accidentes de montacargas. Algunos de estos son:

  • Falta de proporcionar la capacitación adecuada
  • No mantener la carretilla elevadora
  • Falta de adoptar reglas claras de seguridad para la operación y mantenimiento de carretillas elevadoras
  • No diseñar y proporcionar un lugar de trabajo seguro para la operación de carretillas elevadoras
  • Permitir demasiado ruido en el área de trabajo para una comunicación segura y alarmas auditivas
  • No proporcionar advertencias de eliminación bajas
  • No adoptar los procedimientos adecuados para evitar accidentes de separación de remolque-muelle en camiones mientras se descargan.

Lesiones comunes por accidentes de montacargas

Forklifts are heavy equipment and can cause very serious injuries. The typical types of forklift injuries are:

Las empresas tienen el deber de prevenir accidentes con carretillas elevadoras

Todos los empleadores tienen el deber de proporcionar un lugar de trabajo seguro a sus empleados según la ley de Texas. La seguridad comienza con el entrenamiento. El empleador no solo tiene la obligación de asegurarse de que el operador sepa cómo operar con seguridad la carretilla elevadora, sino que es responsable y de buena disposición para hacerlo.

In addition to training, this duty to provide a safe workplace to anticipate potential hazards in the work area that may affect the safe operation of forklifts. Low hanging doors and ceilings must be accounted for with proper markings and low clearance alarm bars where necessary. Travel space must be not only wide enough but clear of blockage and debris that would affect the safe operation of the forklift. Furthermore, noise must be held to a minimum in the work area so alarms and coworkers can be heard.

Al final, le corresponde al empleador a cargo asegurarse de que el área de trabajo sea segura para todos los empleados, ya sea que estén operando la carretilla elevadora o simplemente obligados a trabajar dentro y alrededor de la carretilla elevadora. Si sospecha que su empleador no cumplió con su obligación de proporcionar un lugar de trabajo seguro que resulte en su lesión, debe hablar con un abogado de accidentes de montacargas inmediatamente. Llame a Simmons y Fletcher, PC para una consulta gratuita hoy.

¿Qué pasa si mi empleador ofrece compensación para trabajadores?

If your employer is one of those that provides Worker’s Compensation for its employees, you cannot bring a claim directly against your employer. However, you may have a claim against another company. For example, if the forklift malfunctioned because of a manufacturing defect, design flaw, or other failure you may be able to bring a claim against the fork lift manufacturer.

Texas Worker’s Compensation Law shields employers from lawsuits by their own employee for on the job injuries except in the case of gross negligence. However, you may have a claim against another company if you are on a job site where employees of other companies are involved. If the forklift operator works for another company, you may very well have a reclamación por lesiones de terceros against that company for its failure to train the employee. Similarly, if the work place you are in is owned by another company and it causes or contributes to the accident, you may have a third party injury case.

Determinar si existe o no un reclamo por lesiones de terceros puede ser complicado y confuso. Por lo tanto, incluso si tiene cobertura de Compensación al trabajador, debe consultar con un abogado sobre sus derechos.

¿Todavía tengo un caso si el operador de la carretilla elevadora está certificado para conducir una carretilla elevadora?

The short answer is: Yes. Just because the operator who injured you is OSHA certified to operate a forklift does not mean he cannot be held liable for the negligent operation of a forklift.

Did you know that a company can get its employees OSHA certified to safely operate a forklift in only one hour of training time? A simple search of Google reveals numerous websites that offer these courses for as little as $49.95 and promise certification in about an hour of time. One site states: “There are no books or videos to buy, costly training facilities to rent or special times to schedule. If it’s a 15 minute break, over lunch or after work… simply log in and start!” Another site boasts: “You can get certified on most smart cellphones, any time – any place.” Even those that go to actual training courses such as that provided by the Forklift Academy only receive a total of 4 hours of instruction for which they pay about $150.00. Thus, just because an employee has a certificate does not mean he is an experienced forklift operator.

¿Todavía tengo un caso si mi contrato de trabajo requiere arbitraje de reclamos por lesiones?

Yes. Many employers who are too cheap to provide workers compensation force their employees instead require their employers to “opt-in” to an employee occupational injury benefit plan which is really just compilación falsa These plans are typically provided in conjunction with an employer-employee agreement that requires the employee to waive his right to sue the employer and, instead, submit the case to arbitraje cuando se lesiona en el trabajo por la negligencia del empleador o un compañero de trabajo.

The problem with these arbitration agreements is that they often severely restrict discovery by imposing limits on how long you have to bring a claim/request arbitration, the length and number of depositions that may be conducted, restricting or even prohibiting written interrogatories, requests for production and/or requests for admissions that would normally be available under the law, and by prohibiting the issuing of subpoenas to third-parties. Texas law is rather vague on what these agreements can and cannot get away with, however, an arbitration agreement “is unenforceable if, given the parties’ general commercial background and the commercial needs of the particular trade or case, the clause involved is so one-sided that it is unconscionable under the circumstances existing when the parties made the contract.” En Re Poly America, LP, 262 S.W.3d 337 (Tex. 2008).

If you are injured in a forklift accident and your employer has a fake comp. policy in conjunction with an arbitration clause, you should definitely seek the advice of an experienced on-the-job accident attorney to determine your rights. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. for a free consultation with a forklift injury lawyer trusted by Texans for decades to help them with their on-the-job injury case. You should bring all of the items below that you can gather.

¿Qué debo llevar a mi consulta gratuita?

There are several important things your attorney will need to review to properly handle your case. The more that you can gather and bring to the interview, the smoother your appointment will go. These items include:

  • Cualquier documento del Plan de lesiones ocupacionales que tenga detallando los requisitos de su plan,
  • Su manual del empleado,
  • Cualquier documentación que muestre quién, si alguien, ha pagado alguna de sus facturas médicas o salarios perdidos,
  • Una copia de cualquier factura médica pagada o pendiente que tenga,
  • Una copia de su último talón de pago que muestre sus ganancias en el momento de la lesión y el nombre correcto de su empleador,
  • Cualquier fotografía de la escena, su lesión o cualquier otro asunto relevante para el caso que tenga en su poder,
  • el nombre, la dirección y el número de teléfono de cualquier persona que haya presenciado el incidente o las condiciones de trabajo peligrosas.

Todos estos artículos nos ayudarán a entender su caso y asesorarlo sobre sus derechos.

Contacte a nuestros abogados especializados en lesiones por montacargas

Si se lesionó en una tienda o en el trabajo en un accidente de montacargas, puede ser elegible para presentar un reclamo en busca de compensación. Llame a Simmons y Fletcher, PC, hoy a (713) 932-0777 para programar una consulta gratuita y confidencial. Con tanto en juego, necesitas a Simmons y Fletcher, PC, de tu lado. Hemos estado ayudando a los residentes del área de Houston a responsabilizar a las partes negligentes desde 1979. Permítenos ayudarte también.

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