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Richard J. Dehncke

Richard J. Dehncke
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Richard Dehncke has the distinct honor of being recognized as one of Colorado’s Super Lawyers. Injury Attorney Richard Dehncke has proudly represented seriously injured persons and their families confidently, competently, and compassionately for 30 years. His legal practice emphasizes traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, RSD, and wrongful death. A graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Denver College of Law, Mr. Dehncke has attended the prestigious Harvard Law School Center for Legal Negotiation. He is an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Memberships include the Brain Injury Association of Colorado, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and Colorado Bar Association. He has been awarded the highest national AV rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

 


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  Colorado Forklift Accident Attorney

Every day millions of forklifts are used in just about every business in America. Unfortunately, forklifts post serious dangers to the workers who operate them and account for thousands of severe injuries every year. While forklifts are designed to raise, lower and carry loads in tight spaces, they are also vulnerable to rollover accidents and are the cause of many of the serious injuries in the workplace.

Forklift Accident Statistics:

  • 100 workers are killed in forklift related accidents every year in the United States
  • 20,000 workers are seriously injured in forklift related accidents every year in the U.S.A
  • 34,000 injuries are treated in Emergency Rooms every year due to forklift accidents
  • 25%  of all fatalities involving forklifts are due to forklift rollover accidents.

While these statistics may be surprising, many workers are still unaware of the dangers associated with operating a forklift. What is even more unfortunate is that many of these injuries and fatalities could have been prevented by the simple installation of safeguards in the workplace.

  • Installation of grab handles to protect the driver in the event the forklift begins to tip over
  • Automatic alarms to warn other workers in the area that a forklift is present
  • Rear view mirror installation so drivers can be more aware of their surroundings
  • Rollover Protection System to prevent the driver from being ejected from the forklift.

What Causes these Forklift Accidents?

There are many factors that can contribute to forklift accidents occurring in the workplace.

  • Improper training: Many forklift operators have not been adequately trained to handle emergency situations.
  • Improper maintenance: Brakes, steering components and hydraulic system malfunctioning can all cause a forklift accidents. Many forklifts are not adequately equipped with rollover protection systems making them more vulnerable to rollover accidents
  • High production schedule: Workers that are rushing to complete work or move inventory often drive the forklifts with more recklessness causing more accidents to occur. In addition, co-workers hustling busily around forklifts are often unaware of their presence and can put themselves in harms way.
  • Loads that are too heavy or unstable

If you are injured in a forklift accident, contact a personal injury attorney to determine if you are eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. Severe forklift injuries may make it impossible for you to continue work, enjoy a high quality of life and may even lead to a lifetime of disabilities. If your injuries resulted from another person's carelessness or negligence, or if the forklift was improperly maintained, you may be entitled to compensation. Your personal injury attorney will work to ensure that all of your medical needs are met and that you receive the appropriate amount of workers compensation for any injuries sustained on the job.

Web Resources:
http://www.naw.org/nawnews/news_article.php?articleid=530
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2001-109/default.html#2
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10506733

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The Colorado Personal Injury Law Offices of Richard J. Dehncke serves all of Colorado including the residents of cities such as Denver, Aurora, Brighton, Parker, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Thornton, Arvada, Lakewood, Englewood and Centennial, as well as Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Denver County, Larimer County, Weld County, and Colorado's Western Slope.
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