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Bloomington Grain Bin Explosion Attorney

McDonough County grain elevator fire and explosion attorney

Lawyers for Fires and Burn Injuries in Grain Elevators and Silos in McClean, Macon, and Sangamon Counties

Farms in central Illinois can sometimes be dangerous places to work, and employees can be injured in many types of farm accidents. Fires and explosions in grain bins, grain elevators, or silos are some of the most serious types of accidents that can occur on farms, and they can lead to catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Victims of these types of accidents will want to work with a lawyer who can help them receive financial compensation for their injuries.

The attorneys of Kanoski Bresney have over 40 years of experience representing victims of farm accidents and other personal injuries. We have obtained a total of more than $400 million in compensation for our clients, and we have the knowledge and skill to help you achieve justice in your case. We believe in providing our clients with respect, response, and results, and we will fight to make sure you have the financial resources you need as you recover from your injuries.

Injuries in Grain Bin Explosions

Grain dust is highly flammable, and it can build up on surfaces in and around a grain bin or grain elevator, or it may become airborne due to the movement of grain. This dust can catch fire for multiple reasons, such as cigarettes, sparks from metal-on-metal contact, overheating equipment, faulty wiring, or tools such as cutting torches or welding equipment. To minimize the risks of fires and explosions, an employer should take steps to reduce the buildup of dust through filtration systems and housekeeping programs, ensure that all equipment and wiring is properly maintained, and minimize the use of hot tools or other potential ignition sources.

Grain silo explosions can lead to multiple different types of injuries, including:

  • A worker may suffer severe burn injuries due to the heat of a fire or explosion.
  • The concussion of an explosion can cause bodily harm, including traumatic brain injuries, lung injuries, eye injuries, or damage to the inner ear resulting in hearing loss.
  • A person may be thrown through the air by an explosion, or they may fall from a great height, resulting in brain injuries, spine injuries, or bone fractures.
  • Shrapnel or flying debris may strike a person, causing severe lacerations, brain trauma, or damage to internal organs.
  • A worker may be crushed by falling equipment or parts of a silo's structure, and this can lead to spinal cord injuries or amputations.

A variety of different forms of negligence can lead to grain elevator explosions, including inadequate ventilation, improper loading or safety procedures, or failure to provide training to employees. Defects in the design of a grain bin or equipment malfunctions can also increase the risks of fires, explosions, and injuries to workers.

Farm workers who are injured in a grain bin explosion while working may be eligible to receive workers' compensation, which will cover the costs of medical treatment and provide benefits to address the loss of income due to a temporary or permanent disability. Victims may also be able to receive compensation through a third-party claim against those who may have been responsible for an injury, such as the designer of a dangerous grain silo or the manufacturer of defective machinery.

Contact Our Decatur Grain Silo Explosion Lawyers

Grain bin fires and explosions can be some of the most devastating types of farm accidents, and victims should be sure to understand their options for receiving compensation that addresses their injuries and damages. At Kanoski Bresney, we can help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit or workers' comp claim, and we will fight to make sure you are repaid for all the ways your injury has affected you and your family. Contact our office today by calling 888-U-COUNT-2 or 888-826-8682 to arrange your free consultation. We assist with farm accidents and injuries throughout Illinois, including Peoria, Springfield, Champaign County, McLean County, Macomb, Decatur, Rushville, Pekin, Adams County, Champaign, Quincy, Macon County, Sangamon County, Bloomington, Tazewell County, Peoria County, McDonough County, and Schuyler County.

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