In Nichols v. Fairway Bldg. Prods., LP, a case from the Nebraska Supreme Court, claimant was injured while working as a forklift operator. At the time of the accident, the forklift was on a raised hydraulic lift. The lift collapsed while he was on it in the forklift, and the very heavy piece of equipment dropped about eight inches and landed with jarring force.
As a result of the forklift dropping, claimant said he had what he described as piercing back pain in his middle and lower back. He said the pain had gotten worse over the course of a few hours, and he sought medical treatment that same day. When he went for an examination, he was given an x-ray, but the x-ray came back negative. Continue reading