Have You Been Injured in a Farm Accident?
Farming has always been dangerous work — physical labor, often in poor light or inclement weather, and working around big, bulky machinery. When life-threatening injuries occur, medical help may be far away. Heavy farm equipment and animals can create risk for visitors, individuals passing the property, people working at the farm, and others. Agricultural work and equipment can be extremely dangerous, and defective machinery can cause serious injuries or even death.
There are a number of different types of farm machinery that one can be seriously injured by while using:
- Hay balers
- Power auger
- Corn picker
Farm accidents can result in serious catastrophic injuries, even wrongful death. We are committed to helping clients repair their broken lives following such tragic accidents. We handle farm accident cases that involve the following:
- Falls from a horse
- Workers kicked by a cow or other animal
- Car accidents involving escaped farm animals in the road
- Falls from tractors, combines, or other heavy equipment
- Agriculture machinery accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Four wheeler accidents
- Power takeoff injuries (PTO)
- Silo and grain dryer accidents
- Other farm accidents
Other Causes of Agricultural and Farm Accidents
Following proper building codes and proper safety rules helps ensure that an agricultural site is a safe place to work. However, many farm injuries result from the following:
- Poor building design
- Incorrectly installed electrical power
- Improper livestock handling
- Inadequately guarded walkways, which contribute to asphyxiation deaths in grain bins and manure pits and other agricultural fatalities
- Defective farm machinery and other equipment
- Gas explosions
Agriculture Accidents Caused by Lack of OSHA-Required Safety Features
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards regarding agricultural working conditions. They establish mandatory regulations concerning machine guarding, personal protective equipment and ventilation on farms. The lack of these safety features often makes a major contribution in causing an agricultural injury. If a lack of safety features contributed to your injury, contact Gebhardt & Kiefer, P.C. to discuss your situation.
If you have been injured in a farm accident, you need answers about who will be paying your medical bills, who will help you recover from the injuries you have sustained, and who will pay for damage to your equipment.
The insurance company wants to settle your case as soon as possible – and for as little money as possible. After an accident, you need time to determine just how serious your injury is, what medical treatment or physical therapy you need, and how much your lost wages will be. Therefore, it is crucial to retain a qualified personal injury attorney who is well-versed in New Jersey laws to achieve maximum compensation.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a farm accident, any delay in obtaining legal representation may be a costly mistake. Please call 908-735-5161 to schedule a free consultation, or fill out the contact form on this site. Our firm serves clients throughout central and northwestern New Jersey.