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$3.4 million Settlement for Crane Operator in Forklift Accident

Laub v. Modern Handling Equipment Co. 

Case Synopsis:

Our client was a 35-year-old crane operator employed by Dana Corp. in Reading, PA.  On the night of the accident our client was struck in the back by a forklift prong as the machine was dropping a load of material. He suffered a fractured rib and a cut artery near the aorta.  Our client was rushed to the hospital in shock following the accident.  He has no memory of the forklift accident itself due to the traumatic nature of his injuries.

Defendant Modern Handling Equipment Co. negligently installed the prongs on the forklift, failing to install sufficient safeguards to prevent such an injury from occurring.  Specifically, Modern failed to provide the forklift with flashing lights, convex mirrors, and other safety devices that could have prevented our client from being struck by the forklift prong.

As a result of the forklift accident our client suffered a heart attack due to blood loss from his severed aorta and a traumatic brain injury that left him a quadriplegic.

Outcome:

After settling earlier in the personal injury case with another unnamed defendant for an undisclosed sum, our client then settled with defendant Modern for $3.4 million prior to trial.  Philadelphia forklift accident attorney  Peter Patton, Esq., of Galfand Berger handled the injury lawsuit. For more information on this case, please contact Mr. Patton at ppatton@galfandberger.com or call Galfand Berger at 1-800-222-USWA (8792).