An unnamed victim identified as a 40-year-old man is recovering from injuries he suffered Monday, October 4th at a Pinecastle Boulevard warehouse.
Officials have indicated that the man was employing a portable forklift to move a tensile strength-testing machine when it flipped over and landed on him. Fortunately, his proactive co-workers were able to extricate the man from under the load by the time the emergency responders had arrived.
He was translated to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment, though the extent of his injuries is unknown at this time. As this was a workplace incident, it is likely that an investigation into the circumstances will be conducted.
Michael Haggard, an experienced industrial accident attorney, offered the following insight for those who may have suffered an injury on a construction or industrial setting:
"Every worker in the country should know that if they suffer any kind of injury in the workplace, they have the right to file a worker's compensation claim. This is true even if the accident was their own fault; no matter the situation, the law puts this legal option at their disposal.
Even in dangerous professions such as construction or other industrial careers, employees are covered by an insurance that the employer is usually required by law to pay for. If they don't possess this coverage, they are liable to be sued.
Unfortunately the worker's compensation system can be complex and, if a claim is not filed properly, then the compensation can be reduced or even denied completely. For this reason, the help of an experienced attorney can be critical when going through the worker's comp process.
A legal counsel knows the system in and out, and can also consult with industry experts who will be able to provide help with the individual case. Moreover, with the help of an attorney, a victim of an industrial accident can also proceed with a lawsuit if the circumstances of the injury permit it.
Whichever the case, victims of workplace injuries have the right to fight for compensation that covers the damages they suffered. In this regard, consulting with an experienced injury attorney can often be one of the few ways of achieving the full compensation that the victim and their loved ones deserve."