As stated by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States. Each year farm related accidents cause the death of an average of 113 adolescents under the age of 20, with thousands of non-fatal injuries occurring to both adults and adolescents.(1)
If you or a family member has been involved in a farm accident, it is important to seek the consultation of an injury attorney. At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our injury lawyers will help you search for grounds for a lawsuit.
Common Farming Accidents
Proper design, maintenance and operating procedures all play a role in ensuring tractor safety. If any one of these components is neglected, then the unfortunate can happen, and an accident can occur. As one of the leading causes of farm related fatalities, a tractor accident can forever change the life of both the injured person and their loved ones.
Tractor accidents occur under a number of circumstances, including:
- Running over
Serious injuries can occur as a directly result of tractor accidents. The size and mass of the machine, combined with the sharp angles can result in debilitating injuries, including severe bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, and injuries to the vital organs.
Because of the size and shape of the piece of machinery as well as the working conditions, a combine accident can lead to catastrophic and traumatic injury. In a single moment, a person can find themselves facing a lifetime of pain, disability, or shortened life span.
Causes of combine accidents include:
- Combine turnover
- Maintenance negligence
- Owner negligence
- Incorrect operation on roads
- Operator error
When to Seek a Farming Accident Attorney
Determining cause and liability is a major concern when filing any lawsuit. In the event of a farming accident, a number of parties could be responsible. Property owners and general contractors are responsible for providing a safe working environment, while equipment manufacturers and material suppliers must work to ensure that their products are safe and carefully labeled. A personal injury lawyer will help you identify the responsible party and determine the best course of legal action. Their duties often include:
- Filing the lawsuit
- Determining compensation
- Coordinating expert witnesses
- Gathering the right documentation
- Evaluating settlements
At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our injury lawyers will help you search for grounds for a lawsuit. It is our mission to give each client the type of personal attention their case deserves. We take our cases on a contingency basis, meaning that nothing is owed unless we get you the help and compensation that you are entitled to. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more about Simmons Hanly Conroy.