Farm Injuries

Tifton Personal Injury Attorney

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, farming is among the top 10 most dangerous occupations in the United States, with a national rate of 22.1 accidental deaths per 100,000 workers. This is largely due to the fact that farming and ranching often involve the use of heavy equipment and machinery in isolated locations. As such, many of the injuries that result from farm work tend to be life-altering, impacting the lives of injured victims and their families for years to come. If you have been injured in a farming accident, you have a right to pursue just compensation for costs associated with your injury as well as the pain and suffering you were forced to endure.

Common Farm Injuries

While the rate of fatalities is certainly high, farm-related injuries are just as alarmingly common. In fact, it is estimated that more than 240 agricultural workers sustain injuries every day while on the job, 5% of which resulted in permanent disabilities. Here are some of the most common types of serious farm accidents:

  • Agricultural equipment injuries: Between 500 and 600 people die in tractor-related accidents every year, many of which involve tractor rollovers. Other machinery accidents that commonly happen on farms include those involving power drivers, hay bailers, corn pickers, barn cleaners, augers, trucks, ATVs, and faulty tools. When farming equipment is either faulty or improperly or inadequately labeled, farmers can get crushed or entangled in the equipment, causing severe injuries. These injuries can include loss of limbs or other body parts, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury, or even death.
  • Farm structure falls: Falls are common in agricultural environments. Many workers sustain injuries in falls from farm equipment, grain bins, ladders, haymows, or other structures. One might also be struck by falling objects.
  • Farm pesticides: Pesticides and other toxic chemicals are often present on farms, which can lead to accidents involving poisonings, spills, fertilizer burns, fires, explosions, and toxic gas exposures.
  • Suffocation accidents: While perhaps not as common as the aforementioned accidents, it is possible for farm workers to become trapped in a grain bin or silo and suffocate. If they are enclosed in a space that does not have proper oxygen levels or contain toxic gases, this can also result in suffocation.
  • Farm animal accidents: Animals are unpredictable and can act out and cause injuries to farm workers.

Some accidents cannot be prevented, but oftentimes negligence is a major factor. Here are some of the ways in which farm accidents might be caused by the negligence or carelessness of an entity or person:

  • An employer did not provide proper training for workers to use safely use farm equipment.
  • An employer did not discontinue the use of broken or faulty farm equipment.
  • An employer, owner, or operator of a farm removed safety devices, such as shields, from a piece of farm equipment.
  • A piece of farming equipment is either defective or dangerous.
  • A piece of farming equipment does not have adequate warning labels, rendering it dangerous to use.
  • A piece of farming equipment was improperly maintained or repaired.

Farm injuries can be devastating to a worker and his or her family, causing a life-shattering ripple effect throughout many lives. These injuries can keep a person from returning to work, permanently decrease one’s quality of life, and require ongoing medical treatment and living assistance. If another individual or entity was responsible for your farm industry accident, you can hold them liable for your medical bills, lost wages, loss of work and other losses and damages associated with your injuries.

A History of Success in South Georgia

At Hudson King, our legal team is devoted to providing our clients with the effective representation and passionate counsel they deserve. Attorneys Shane Hudson and J.L. King, II are seasoned trial lawyers who both grew up on farms in Georgia and are familiar with many of the day-to-day tasks farmers face, giving us the added advantage of firsthand knowledge. We are also familiar with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations that are applicable to farms and often find these rules are ignored, leading to serious and sometimes fatal injuries.

When you choose us, you will be hiring a team that is composed of two of the most experienced civil trial lawyers in South Georgia under the age of 40, have been involved in numerous claims in excess of $1 million and several that exceeded $10 million, and will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for your case. Given our proven track record of success, you can be confident in our ability to obtain the just compensation you deserve. Additionally, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not have to pay us any legal fees unless we are able to win your case, giving you the chance to focus on your recovery rather than on legal bills.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a farm accident, now is the time to choose a law firm that genuinely cares and will provide you with the utmost compassion and respect along with fierce legal advocacy.

Call the office of Hudson King to get started on your case today at (229) 515-8585. We provide free consultations. You should not have to suffer in silence or endure this difficult time alone.

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