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$15.2 Million Verdict In Forklift Accident

September 25, 2015 Construction Accidents, In the News

Forklift Accident Lawyer Indiana 250wOn Thursday, August 27, a jury in Cook County, Illinois, awarded $15.2 million to a military veteran injured in a 2012 forklift accident at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Uncertified Fork Lift Driver

The 33-year-old man suffered a crushed heel during a tear-down following a trade show. The company that set up and took down the show failed to ensure that the forklift driver involved in the accident was properly trained and certified by OSHA. The company also failed to have a spotter present, according to allegations made by the man’s attorneys.

In 2013, OSHA fined the company $91,000 in the aftermath of the McCormick Place accident. Prior to the incident, the company received citations on two other occasions for using uncertified forklift operators.

Multiple Surgeries

Following the incident, the worker required seven surgeries, and he now walks with a cane. He expects to lose his job as a Staff Sergeant with the Wisconsin National Guard in the coming months, according to the Chicago Tribune. He completed two tours of duty in Iraq before the accident.

Two Days of Deliberations

The jury deliberated for approximately 12 hours over a two-day period. It awarded the plaintiff $12 million in compensatory damages and another $3 million in punitive damages. The worker sought a total of $50 million in combined compensatory and punitive damages. Attorneys for the company named in the suit claimed that the injured worker was partly to blame for the forklift accident.

If you or a family member is a victim of an accident due to potentially negligent conduct, it is possible to review the matter with a personal injury attorney. Our firm provides such a consultation at no cost to you. To learn more about our legal services, please contact us.

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