Many farming industry injuries could have been prevented if not for the farming negligence of the farming equipment itself.
Agricultural work is the backbone of the United States. It has a long-standing history of making this country what it is today. Unfortunately, it is also a dangerous job, which can serious injury or even death. In fact, according to the US Department of Labor, farming industry fatalities rose 11% in 2008, with 651 deaths recorded across the country. Aside from farm industry fatalities, 243 agricultural workers suffer injuries every day in the United States, 5% of which lead to permanent disabilities.
The most common types of serious farm accidents are tractor overturn deaths, farm structure falls, farm machine entanglement and suffocation accidents. Many farming industry injuries could have been prevented if not for the negligence of the farming equipment itself. Here are some examples of how an accident could have been caused by farming negligence:
- A farm equipment company does not put adequate warnings on their products.
- A piece of farming equipment is defective or dangerous.
- A farm employer, owner, or operator removes safety devices, such as shields, from a piece of equipment.
- A farm employer does not properly train workers to use the farm equipment.
- A farm employer does not discontinue the use of a broken or faulty piece of equipment.
Farm Accidents are Common
One in five farms is the scene of a serious agricultural industry accident. These accidents can lead to serious bodily injury, including loss of limbs and amputation, head injuries and brain damage, back injuries and spinal injuries, disfigurement, and death. These injuries can keep you from returning to work, permanently lower your quality of life, and require ongoing medical treatment. If someone else was responsible for your farm industry accident, they could be responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
For a free and totally confidential consultation, contact the Farm Injury Resource Center today, (877) 201-0135