Abandoned Farm Machinery and Premises Liability
Old rusting tractors and other decaying machines dot rural landscapes around the country. When a farm ceases operation, or simply adopts other tools, it is not rare to see farm machinery left abandoned in fields. To an adult, the dangers of an old machine are obvious: the risks of injuries, infection, wild animals are enough to deter most grown-ups. For many children, however, abandoned machines can be as inviting as any playground.
Anyone whose property contains hazards—machines, old cellars, and so forth—is expected to ensure they cannot harm trespassing children or anyone else who may be unfamiliar with them. Legally known as attractive nuisances, such hazards are both dangerous and often likely to draw children. Simply putting up a sign is not enough: young children in particular will likely either ignore it or not understand it.
Although it can be a positive experience for children to explore the world around them, they cannot always be expected to realize some of the dangers they may encounter. Old machines often have a visual allure, making them a popular subject for photographers. Children are drawn to these machines, too, but do not realize the dangers of interacting with them. Instead of being content to look, children may want to touch as well.
The owners of unguarded attractive nuisances should be held responsible for their negligence. If you or someone you know has been injured by abandoned farm machinery, and you believe the property owner may have neglected to safeguard his or her property, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and related expenses.
To learn more about premises liability law, and to discuss your case with an experienced attorney, contact the compassionate Champaign premise liability lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. today at (217) 328-2828.