$5.87 Million Jury Verdict for Neck Injury Caused by Negligence of Forklift Operator

Bahram Yahyavi was driving a Dodge Charger in the course of his employment with a car dealership when his vehicle was struck by a forklift driven by a then-employee of Capriati Construction Corp. The forklift’s forks penetrated the car’s front end from the passenger’s side, causing the front windshield to cave into the car.

Yahyavi suffered a severe neck injury that required conservative care and later a five-level cervical fusion.

His past medical expenses were more than $491,000. His past lost wages and lost earnings capacity was proved to be $300,000.

Yahyavi sued Capriati Construction Corp. alleging liability for its employee’s negligent operation of a forklift.

He asserted that the defendant’s safety manager had instructed the employee, the forklift operator, not to operate a forklift before this collision. Taking that fact into consideration, the jury signed a verdict for $5.87 million in favor of Yahyavi.

Yahyavi v. Capriati Construction Corp., No. A-15-718689-C (Nev. Dist. Ct. Clark County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling forklift negligence lawsuits, truck accident cases, car accident lawsuits, bicycle accident cases, motorcycle accident cases and catastrophic injury lawsuits for individuals, families and loved ones who have been injured, harmed or killed by the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Inverness, Hoffman Estates, Streamwood, Wood Dale, Itasca, Bloomingdale, Glendale Heights, Villa Park, Westmont, Hickory Hills, Oak Park, Arlington Heights, Fox River Grove, Lake Barrington, McHenry, Barrington Hills, Streamwood, Riverwoods, Chicago Ridge, Midlothian, Orland Hills, Chicago Heights, University Park, Sauk Village, Dolton, Evergreen Park, Riverside, Chicago (South Side, Roseland, West Pullman, East Side, Hegewisch, South Shore, Hyde Park, Greek Town, Douglas, Kenwood, Grand Boulevard, Back of the Yards, West Englewood, Woodlawn, Avalon Park, Calumet Heights, Burnside, West Chesterfield, Parkway Gardens, South Loop, Whiskey Row, North Lawndale, Logan Square, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Albany Park, Edgewater, Andersonville, Sheridan Park, West Ravenswood, Horner Park, Wrigleyville, Roscoe Village, Mayfair, Union Ridge, Sauganash), Bensenville, Franklin Park, Skokie, Schiller Park, Lake Zurich, Morton Grove, Niles, Wilmette, Vernon Hills, Highland Park and Highwood, Ill.

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