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Agricultural Injury Attorney in South Georgia
Have you or has someone you love been injured in an agricultural accident? Hudson King is here to help. Our founding attorneys have roots in farming and understand how dangerous agricultural work can be. With a South Georgia agricultural injury lawyer from our firm by your side, you have the opportunity to recover the money you need for medical bills and lost wages.
Farming & agricultural accidents
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, affecting the lives of injured victims and their families for years to come. If you have been injured in an agricultural accident, you have a right to pursue just compensation for costs associated with your injury as well as for the pain and suffering you endured.
For a free consultation, call (229) 515-8585. Your agricultural injury claim is important to us.
Common agricultural injuries
While the rate of agricultural fatalities is 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, and that 5 percent of those result 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 faulty or improperly or inadequately labeled, farmers can get crushed or entangled in the equipment, causing severe injuries. These injuries can include the 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. Falling objects may also strike farmworkers.
- 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: Farmworkers can 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 farmworkers. Cattle, pigs, sheep, and other farm animals may cause serious harm.
Liability in farming accident claims
An agricultural accident can be devastating to a worker and his or her family, causing a life-shattering ripple effect. 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 farming accident, you may be able to hold them liable for your medical bills, lost wages, loss of work, and other damages associated with your injuries.
Sometimes, negligence may be a factor in farm accidents, as it is in the following scenarios:
- An employer did not provide proper training for workers to safely use farm equipment.
- An employer did not discontinue the use of broken or faulty agricultural 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 was either defective or dangerous.
- A piece of farming equipment did not have adequate warning labels, rendering it dangerous to use.
- A piece of farming equipment was improperly maintained or repaired.
A history of success in South Georgia injury claims
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 first hand agricultural knowledge. We are also familiar with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations that are applicable to farms. These rules are often ignored, leading to serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
When you choose us, you will be hiring two of the most experienced civil trial lawyers in South Georgia. We have been involved in numerous claims in excess of $1 million, including several that exceeded $10 million. We will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible result 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. You will have the freedom to focus on your recovery rather than on legal bills.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an agricultural accident, now is the time to choose a law firm that genuinely cares. We will provide you with fierce legal advocacy, compassion, and respect. You should not have to suffer in silence or endure this difficult time alone.
We proudly represent clients in Tifton, Valdosta, Albany, Waycross and all South Georgia communities. We provide free consultations and our staff is fluent in Spanish. Call us at (229) 515-8585!
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