Springfield Farm Accident Attorney
Farming is one of the most prevalent occupations in the state of Illinois and the United States as a whole, employing over two million workers across the country. Unfortunately, it is also one of the more dangerous occupations, leading to a number of injuries each year.
According to a recent report by the National Safety Council, farm accidents and related occupational hazards cause as many as 120,000 injuries per year. Nearly 1,500 of those injuries are fatal. If you or a family member has been injured as a result of a farm accident, contact the experienced Springfield accident attorneys at Kanoski Bresney. We have experience with farm accident claims and have been protecting the rights of injured people throughout central Illinois for more than 40 years.
Springfield Farm Accident Resources:
- Should I file a personal injury or workers’ comp claim?
- Why choose our farm accident lawyers?
- What are the current OSHA agriculture regulations?
- What are the most common farm accidents?
- Farm Accident Statistics
Should Workers File a Personal Injury or Workman’s Comp Claim?
Both personal injury and workman’s comp claims aim to assist individuals in compensation for losses as a result of an injury. However, significant differences exist between the two.
Any employee injured on the job, regardless of fault, should file a workman’s comp claim. No proof of negligent behavior on the employer’s part is necessary; as long as the employee suffered the injury while at work, the employer’s workmen’s comp insurance will reimburse the employee for medical expenses and perhaps even missed work or permanent disability.
By contrast, personal injury claims are for situations where the employer’s negligence resulted in an employee injury on the job. It is important to prove that the injury would otherwise not have taken place were it not for the negligence of the employer. It is in these cases that damages covering lost time at work, injury, and personal pain and suffering may be applicable. Typically, awards in personal injury cases are higher.
If you are unsure of which type of claim to file, speak with an attorney as soon as possible, as statutes of limitation may apply.
Why Choose Our Farm Accident Lawyers
Whether your case involves a catastrophic injury, wrongful death or less severe injury, we can help. Our farm accident lawyers in Springfield, Illinois are committed to helping accident victims. While we have handled high dollar value farm accident cases, we take on cases of all sizes — not just the high-dollar-value cases. Regardless of the severity of your injury, we are dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.
With offices in Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Macomb, Pekin, Quincy, Rushville, and Springfield, we can effectively serve clients throughout central Illinois. If you have been injured in a farm accident, contact Kanoski Bresney today at (217) 523-7742 for a free case consultation.
Current OSHA Agriculture Regulations
OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enforces the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. It ensures that employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment for their workers. In addition, it provides training and education so workers know what to expect from a safe and healthful workplace.
OSHA states that farm workers are susceptible to hazards including, but not limited to:
- Vehicle hazards, including rollovers of farm equipment such as tractors
- Heat hazards, including heat related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion
- Fall hazards, including falls from ladders or other farm equipment
- Musculoskeletal injuries, including injuries resulting from repetitive motions, excessive pulling, pushing or lifting, and prolonged awkward postures
- Equipment and machinery hazards, including injuries from tools, power tools, farm machinery, such as augers and combines, and several other types of equipment
- Grain bin or silo hazards, including falls from either, or suffocation from grains within the structures
- Sanitary hazards provided by animal waste and disease or the lack of adequate restroom facilities
- Pesticide and chemical hazards which may result in short-term or long-term risks for the handlers or family members if residue attaches to clothing
- Noise hazards from loud machinery or other noise producers
OSHA provides education, standards, and regulations for each of these hazards, geared towards ensuring a safe farm workplace. If employers fail to meet safety standards that result in an employee’s injury, the employee may be entitled to file a lawsuit to pay for medical expenses, lost pay, and potentially even pain and suffering. Even a safe workplace may result in injury on the job, so it is important to know which type of claim to file.
What are the Most Common Farm Accidents?
While the majority of farm accidents involve tractors and other machinery, there are a variety of hazards that may cause injury to farmers and agricultural workers. Some of the most common causes of farm accidents include:
- Combine accidents
- Grain bin explosions
- Tractor accidents
- Poor ventilation
- Grain handling accidents
- Accidents due to roaming livestock
- Dangerous or defective equipment
- Exposure to chemicals
Farm Accident Statistics
In the year 2016, the most recent year for available statistic, farm accidents killed 416 workers nationwide, at a rate of 21.4 deaths per 100,000 workers. Most of those deaths were the result of transportation injuries, including tractor overturns. These deaths are preventable if farm owners choose to utilize a tractor roll-over protective structure, but only 62% of all tractors currently in use on American farms employ these structures.
Deaths are not the only hazard of farm work. In fact, the injury rate for farm workers is over 40% higher than it is for other types of workers across employment fields. Every day, 100 farm workers nationwide report suffering a work-related injury that results in lost work time. Many other injuries go unreported or are not severe enough to warrant time off work.
Contact a Springfield Farm Accident Lawyer
Kanoski Bresney is the largest personal injury law firm in central Illinois. Our Springfield farm accident attorneys have handled thousands of injury claims and obtained more than $400 million in compensation for accident victims.