Farming is a cornerstone of America, and farmers are a very important building block of this nation. According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), farming is one of the more dangerous occupations. Modern farmers work with large, potentially dangerous equipment in most weather conditions, and work with dangerous chemicals and fumes. When factored in together, it makes for potentially hazardous conditions that can easily lead to tractor or other farm accidents. KC Road Lawyers has the expertise needed to deal with farming accidents and litigation.
Risks of Farm Accidents
Farm equipment is often large and full of dangerous moving parts. Some people are injured, even losing extremities, while trying to repair farm equipment such as threshers due to malfunctions or failure to turn off the machine during maintenance. Low power lines pose a danger to farm vehicles that hit or snag the lines, and can cause fires or electrocutions. Farm equipment, like tractors, left parked but running can sometimes slip a gear, running over anyone unlucky enough to be in front. Vehicles also have a risk of overturning, trapping and injuring the occupants. NIOSH states that in 2012, the leading cause of death was tractor roll-overs. When not dealing with heavy farm machinery there are still risks of falls, especially during building construction and repair. Farms frequently have dangerous fumes or explosions, especially around grain elevators. The strenuous, demanding nature of farm work also leads to repetitive stress injuries.
Farm Accident Injuries
Farm workers can experience a wide variety of injuries from farm accidents. The more extreme include fatalities, crushing from tractor rollovers or run-overs, amputation from threshers or other sharp equipment, burns or fatalities by fire or explosions; from vehicles or dangerous substances, or electrocution. Of course more typical injuries like abrasions, contusions, fractures, brain injuries, and spinal injuries are always a risk. Other work stress related injuries such as strains, sprains, herniated discs, joint damage, and hearing loss represent a significant portion of farm injuries. Another not-as-obvious risk is drowning, which account for 16% of youth fatalities.
What to do After a Farm Accident: Contact a Farm Accident Attorney
If you have been in a farm accident, KC Road Lawyers’ Chris Benjamin, can help you navigate the claims process, negotiate a fair settlement, and help you get compensation for any injuries or property damage. Contact KC Road Lawyers, by calling 816-738-5725 or navigating to our contact page, for a free consultation to find out how we can help you. We will work with you and your family to recover the compensation you deserve.