Worker Hit by Careless Forklift Driver
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin partner Bill Hepner obtained a settlement of $900,000 for our client, a 52 year old warehouse worker who was hit by a careless forklift driver who was unloading a truck and stacking merchandise.
Our client was standing on a small platform on which his work table was mounted, and was about to step off, when the defendant came quickly around a turn in the crowded warehouse loading dock, and knocked him to the ground. To add insult to injury, the defendant forklift driver then ran over our client's foot. Our client sustained a questionable fracture of his foot, and had some back pain, which over the following months and years developed into a painful condition ultimately requiring him to undergo lumbar spine fusion surgery. He attempted to go back to work but could not continue. The defendant claimed that our client stepped off of the platform into the path of the oncoming forklift. Bill settled the case at a private mediation.