Farm Machinery Accidents
Although farm machinery can make a farmer’s life easier, it can also lead to accidents that cause catastrophic injuries. At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we have successfully represented a number of clients who have sustained injuries in farm machinery accidents.
If you’ve been hurt in a farm machinery accident, we encourage you to contact the Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. as soon as possible. Through a workers’ compensation and/or third party claim, we may be able to help you recover compensation for your damages. Call us today at (312) 236-2900.
Types of Farm Machinery
A wide variety of farm machinery is used on farms across the United States. Although tractors are the most common type of farm machinery, our firm also handles farm machinery accidents that involve the following:
- Conveyor belts
Farm machinery accidents often result in serious injuries like brain and spinal cord injuries, amputation, paralysis, blindness, disfigurement, and in the most severe cases, death. If you’ve been the victim of a farm machinery accident, you are likely facing costly medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Farm Machinery Accidents
Although some farm machinery accidents could not have been prevented and are simply considered tragic accidents, many could have been prevented if negligence was not a factor. Here are several of the many common causes of farm machinery accidents that are usually caused by negligence:
- An employer fails to discontinue the use of a defective machine.
- An employer does not provide their employees with adequate training on how to use farm machinery.
- An employer removes shields and other safety devices from a machine.
- An employer does not adhere to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to agricultural working conditions.
- A machine was designed in a dangerous or defective way.
- There are no adequate warnings on a machine.
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured in a Farm Machinery Accident
If you’ve suffered an injury that was caused by a farm machinery accident, there are several things you should do in order to protect yourself as well as your legal rights. Here are some steps you should take immediately after you’ve been injured:
- Seek medical attention.
- Report the injury to your employer.
- Collect the names and contact information of anyone who has witnessed the accident.
- Take photos of the area where you were injured as well as the injuries themselves in order to preserve evidence.
- Consult a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney.
How a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help
In most cases, injuries that stem from farm machinery accidents involve a workers’ compensation claim that can cover medical bills, lost damages, and disability. However, sometimes, those injured because of a farm machinery accident qualify for a third-party claim. Third-party claims can be filed against manufacturers of farm machinery, sub-contractors, property owners, animal owners, or construction firms.
A third-party claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim can help a victim of a farm machinery accident secure maximum compensation and also pay for emotional trauma, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and other damages that cannot be covered solely through workers’ compensation benefits.
If you’ve been injured in a farm machinery accident, a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer can investigate the details of your case and inform you whether you are eligible for a workers’ compensation claim, a third-party claim, or both. Then, they can file the claim(s) on your behalf and ensure you are treated fairly.
Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If a farm machinery accident has left you injured, it is in your best interest to contact a highly skilled Chicago workers’ compensation attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. You can call us at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation and understand your legal options.