Farm accidents are a grim and unfortunate reality of those working in agriculture. Death is often a single mistake away especially considering the multitude of machinery and implements which are utilized on a farm. The likelihood of injury increases based upon inadequate machinery, poor training, and lack of safety. Many traumatic injuries occur with exposure to machinery and especially tractors during maintenance or field work.
Tractor fatalities usually result from tractor roll overs which could often be prevented with roll bars or seatbelts. Another leading cause are injuries involve implements being operated by power takeoff (PTO) or entanglements in machinery belts, chains, gears, crop gathering equipment and moving mechanisms. Many injured agricultural workers are not covered by workers’ compensation since there is a statutory exemption from requiring farm employers to maintain this coverage. Fortunately, many injured persons can find compensation by filing a liability claim. Most of the farmers that Finklea, Hendrick & Blake, LLC has encountered do in fact carry liability insurance.
In agricultural accidents, it is imperative to seek legal assistance immediately. Preservation of evidence is key in these cases and therefore information must be gathered, and evidence documented. An adequate understanding of insurance coverages and the scope of loss which can be claimed is important to maximizing an injured worker’s claim or compensating that person’s family for wrongful death.
We understand the challenges facing injured farm workers. We know the worry and concern when the income stream stops, when there is no health insurance to provide for treatment, and uncertainty of if you will ever be able to return to work again! Rely on our experienced lawyers to navigate and pursue your claim.