Worker Injured When Forklift Ran Over His Legs in NW Portland
Date: December 2, 2013
Location: NW 35th Street , Portland
The man was run over at a printing company, Journal Graphics, located at 2840 NW 35th Street in Northwest Portland. Very few details are known at this time and it is not clear how the accident occurred. Firefighters were called to the scene following the accident, where they found the man had already been freed from underneath the forklift. He had injuries to his lower legs.
The man was transported to a hospital for treatment to his legs. His current condition is not known and it was not reported if the man has been released from the hospital yet. The extent of his injuries was not reported.
The accident is still under investigation at this time. It occurred in the late morning, inside the business, but it was not reported if the man was an employee of the business or who was operating the forklift.
We would like to wish the man run over by the forklift a quick recovery. We hope your injuries are not too extensive and that your recovery is complete. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you as you recuperate.
Because of the nature of their work, many workers are exposed to many dangers such as incomplete structures, electricity, power tools, hazardous chemicals, unguarded heights, heavy equipment, etc.
If they are injured while performing these dangerous tasks because of faulty or poorly designed machinery, an employer’s negligence, or another’s carelessness, they could be entitled to compensation through a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim.
A worker may be able to bring a personal injury claim IF a 3rd party (i.e. not their employer) is liable for the injuries. Otherwise, they should be able to receive compensation through workers’ compensation insurance. Some examples of 3rd party liability include.
- Another driver causes an accident when the worker in driving for the job
- A tool or piece of equipment is defective (manufacturer may be responsible)
- Another person or company on the job site is negligent (like an outside contractor)
A competent Portland construction workers lawyer will be able to help you navigate through the claims process to get money for your medical bills, physical therapy, loss of wages, and other damages.