Have you been injured in a farm accident?
Farming has always been dangerous work — physical labor, often in poor light or inclement weather, and working around big, bulky machinery. When life-threatening injuries occur, medical help may be far away. Heavy farm equipment and animals can create risk for visitors, individuals passing the property, people working at the farm, and others. Agricultural work and equipment can be extremely dangerous, and defective machinery can cause serious injuries or even death.
There are a number of different types of farm machinery that one can be seriously injured by while using:
- Hay balers
- Power auger
- Corn picker
Farm accidents can result in serious catastrophic injuries, even wrongful death. We are committed to helping clients repair their broken lives following such tragic accidents. We handle farm accident cases which involved the following:
- Falls from a horse
- Workers kicked by a cow or other animal
- Car accidents involving escaped farm animals in the road
- Falls from tractors, combines, or other heavy equipment
- Agriculture machinery accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Four wheeler accidents
- Power takeoff injuries (PTO)
- Silo and grain dryer accidents
- Other farm accidents
Other Causes of Agricultural and Farm Accidents
Following proper building codes and proper safety rules helps ensure that an agricultural site is a safe place to work. However, many farm injuries result from the following:
- Poor building design
- Incorrectly installed electrical power
- Improper livestock handling
- Inadequately guarded walkways, which contribute to asphyxiation deaths in grain bins and manure pits and other agricultural fatalities
- Defective farm machinery and other equipment
- Gas explosions
Agriculture Accidents Caused by Lack of OSHA-Required Safety Features
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards regarding agricultural working conditions. They establish mandatory regulations concerning machine guarding, personal protective equipment and ventilation on farms. The lack of these safety features often makes a major contribution in causing an agricultural injury. If a lack of safety features contributed to your injury, contact Baldwin Legal Services PLLC to discuss your situation. A surprising variety of insurance coverages and other avenues of recovery may be available to you after an agriculture accident.
Farm Injuries from Pesticides and Herbicides
Exposure to agricultural pesticides and herbicides can produce acute and chronic toxic reactions. Symptoms of acute reactions include dizziness, vomiting, headache, fatigue, drowsiness, and skin rashes. Chronic effects of exposure can include central nervous system damage, lung diseases, soft tissue sarcoma, Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, and lung cancer. Pesticide and herbicide manufacturers have a duty to warn the user about proper application techniques and the hazards inherent in using their products.
Committed to Recovering Maximum Compensation
The insurance company wants to settle your case as soon as possible – and for as little money as possible. After an accident, you need time to determine just how serious your injury is, what medical treatment or physical therapy you need, and how much your lost wages will be. Our farm and agricultural accident attorney has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Insurance Law and knows how to protect you from the insurance companies, and to present your claim in the best way possible to ensure your rights are protected and that you get the maximum compensation available.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a farm accident, delay in obtaining legal representation may be a costly mistake. Please call 877-886-1441 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Home and hospital visits are available upon request. We will work diligently to ensure that you recover the full measure of compensation to which you are entitled.