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Were You Injured in a Lift Gate Accident?

Were You Injured in a Lift Gate Accident?

Lift gates are incredibly useful mechanical devices, but like any heavy object with moving parts, it can come with certain risks when used improperly. People are injured every year by the improper and/or dangerous use of lift gates, and the vast majority of these injuries are due to someone’s neglect or recklessness. Some of the most common causes of lift gate injuries include:

  • Exceeding its rated load capacity
  • Failure to check under, inside, or around the lift gate prior to moving it
  • Failure to check for bystanders moving around the lift gate
  • Debris in the area of the lift gate
  • Moving the vehicle without properly stowing the lift gate
  • Driving a forklift or other vehicle onto the lift gate platform
  • Failure to secure top-heavy loads
  • Failure to use chocks or wedges to stop loads from falling off the lift gate
  • Using the lift gate to lift people
  • Failure to account for inclement weather or spills causing the platform to become dangerously slick
  • Driving with the lift gate down

If you were injured at work in an accident involving a lift gate because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you likely have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits and, depending on your situation, you may have the option to seek additional compensation through a lawsuit. Our construction accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm have dedicated their careers towards representing injured victims throughout New York, and will use that knowledge and experience to help you fight for and secure the compensation you deserve. Call us at (212) 577-9325 today, or fill out our online form for a free case evaluation.

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