According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a national rate of 22.1 accident deaths per 100,000 workers, farming is among the top ten most dangerous occupations in the United States. Part of the reason farming and ranching is so dangerous is that the work often involves the use of heavy equipment and machinery in isolated locations. The most common types of farming injuries are:
- Agricultural equipment injuries - an estimated 500 to 600 people die in tractor related accidents each year, with tractor rollovers accounting for the vast majority of these. Other machinery related accidents include those involving augers, combines, power drives, hay bailers, corn pickers, barn cleaners, trucks and other farm vehicles, ATVs, and faulty tools. Farming equipment that is faulty or not equipped with the proper warnings and safeguards can lead to farmers getting crushed or entangled in the equipment. The resulting injuries are often serious and can include the loss of limbs and other body parts, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury or death.
- Farm structure emergencies - such as silo and grain bin entrapments, electrocutions or falls.
- Farm pesticides and other chemical poisonings, spills, fertilizer burns, fires, explosions, and toxic gas exposures
- Farm animal incidents
An experienced farm injury attorney should be able to work closely with physicians and forensic experts to address all potential aspects of the case. A farm injury legal representative should also be familiar with all of the liability issues that may have to be considered in a farm injury case, including:
- Design and manufacturing defects of the farming equipment involved
- Failure of the manufacturer, its subsidiaries, independent distributors or dealers to warn of foreseeable hazards
- Power takeoff and safety shutoff malfunctions
- Breach of warranty
- The removal of guards, shields and other safety devices
- Improper maintenance or repair
A farm injury can be devastating to the farmer and his or her family. So in addition to successful farm injury litigation experience, a farm injury lawyer and his or her firm should offer compassionate service and assistance such as:
- Filing a Worker's Compensation claim to expedite needed medical attention and disability benefits
- Filing a Social Security Disability claim to receive benefits if the injuries prevent the farmer from returning to work within one year
- Helping file for additional available public benefits such as Medicaid, county assistance and public housing
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