Farming is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. One of the reasons why farming is so dangerous is that it relies on heavy machinery that can cause serious injuries. If you work on a farm as a laborer, your employer is responsible for making sure that the equipment is safe. If your employer fails to do so, you should consider calling a farm accident attorney.
Why Farm Equipment is Dangerous
Large and heavy pieces of farm equipment can collide with each other. The machinery can have large moving parts and workers can become caught in the machinery. Workers are sometimes run over by tractors as well. Operating farm equipment can also be dangerous since some pieces of equipment roll over.
There are many forms of safety equipment that are designed to protect operators from their tractors. For example, a common problem is for a worker to fall out of a tractor and end up run over by the equipment. However, some tractors have fail-safes that are designed to turn off the tractor when the dead switch detects that the worker fell out of the tractor. All tractors are also designed to have roll-over protection.
Hay rakes and ray bails can cause amputation and disfigurement. If you were injured by one of these pieces of equipment, you are likely not at fault.
Brush hogs that are not designed properly can become unstable and tip over. Then, you might be crushed by the machinery. The manufacturer of the brush hog would be responsible for the accident due to designing a dangerous piece of farm equipment.
Grain bins are used to raise and transport grain. However, if the equipment is not designed properly, you might suffer from an amputation, burn, electrocution, or a crushing injury.
Farm Accident Lawsuits
Because safety measures must be in place so that a tractor can be operated safely, your employer or the manufacturer of the farm equipment might be held responsible if the safety measures are not put in place. When your employer is found to be negligent, you may then calculate the damages you have suffered due to the accident.
With the help of a farm accident attorney, you may receive compensation for economic damages, such as medical bills, and pain and suffering. The attorney will work with experts to explain how the accident occurred and how your injuries are directly tied to the accident.