Farm Accident Work Injuries
The farming and agricultural industry can be a dangerous occupation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the agricultural industry has one of the highest rates of fatal workplace accidents in the country. There were 123 fatal mishaps among agricultural workers in 2013, and more than 15,560 non-fatal injury accidents happened on America’s farms (an average of almost 43 every day).The farm accident lawyers in Toledo at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault aggressively and successfully handle a variety of farm injury cases. Let our experienced lawyers make your case and get you the compensation you need.
Another thing that agriculture workers know is that small family farms have transitioned to large corporations. Giant agribusinesses dominate the landscape, even though 90 percent of all farms are still owned by families or individuals. They’ve just incorporated or been bought out by large investment groups and equity firms, many of them foreign conglomerates, according to recent articles by Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.
Common Types of Farm Accident Injuries
Many farm accidents find their cause in defective equipment and machinery. These devices can lack proper safety guards or may malfunction suddenly. Others happen because coworkers or other contract laborers behave recklessly or negligently. And even other mishaps are the result falling objects, tractor (or other vehicle) rollovers, electrocution, toxic chemical accidents, workers being trapped in silos or other confined places, and sometimes, stampeding livestock.
Depending on the circumstances, many are eligible to claim benefits through workers’ compensation. But workers’ compensation seldom returns full monetary value for injuries because it only pays for medical bills, a portion of lost wages and disability.
Though many times compensation for an agricultural accident is limited to workers’ compensation, at times workplace accidents involve third parties who are not subject to the limitations of workers’ comp. If – for example – a truck driver working for a distribution company runs over and injures a farm worker, not only is the driver liable for the accident, but the driver’s employer also is liable through the legal precedent known as “respondent superior,” which means that employers are responsible for their employees’ actions when the employee is working.
If defective or improperly serviced machinery injures a farm worker, the manufacturer or service company responsible for the defective equipment can be forced to pay civil damages. Both of the above are examples of third-party lawsuits, which can pay for all of an injured worker’s lost wages and other damages not covered in workers’ comp claims.
When farming accidents happen, the consequences can be tragic. What do you do if you or a family member has suffered an injury while working on a farm owned by either an individual family or large agribusiness? The Ohio and Michigan personal injury lawyers at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault can handle a variety of farm injury cases aggressively and successfully. Let our experienced farm accident lawyers in Toledo make your case and get you the compensation and resources you need.
Examples of farm worker injury cases that were successfully handled by our northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan injury law firm:
- A man who suffered electrical burns when a grain auger came into contact with an improperly installed overhead power line.
- A young father and husband who suffered an amputated arm and crush injuries from a defective corn picker.
- A worker who was struck and killed when a bolt broke on a grain auger.
- A worker who suffered a severe crush injury to his dominant arm by a tomato harvester that did not have proper safety guards.
The Farm Accident Lawyers at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault Can Help You
Filing a claim for workers’ compensation is intricate, especially when rejected by the BWC or disputed by your employer. Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault, assists you in all phases of your claim, from filing the initial application, subsequent requests for compensation or treatment, representing you at hearings, and in court, if necessary. Protect yourself and your family. Schedule a free consultation at one of our convenient office locations. Call 419-843-6663 or contact us online.