Farming is an age-old industry that countless American families rely on for income and sustenance. Though farming is an important industry that is vital for both the Americans who work in it and those who consume its products, it is also a dangerous industry that routinely results in serious accidents and injuries to workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fatal injury rate in the agricultural industry is 7.5 times higher than any other industry, with a work-related fatal injury rate of 21.4 deaths for every 100,000 workers in 2016, making it one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S.
These types of injuries are crippling for victims and their families as they can result in pricey medical bills, loss of income, permanent physical impairment, and even death, often leaving families emotionally and financially devastated. Though many tend to think farming is an inherently hazardous industry, many injuries occur as a result of negligence on the part of farm owners and operators or as a result of machine defects or malfunctions and could have been prevented with proper safety standards, maintenance, and product design. No one should have to suffer wrongful injury and the consequences that follow, and the Kankakee personal injury attorneys can help you obtain the financial compensation you need to get you through this trying time.
Our skilled attorneys have years of experience helping countless of our injured clients get the help they need and get their lives back on track. In addition, Spiros Law, P.C. is dedicated to providing up to date information and statistics concerning the accidents and injuries that affect our clients to better determine how and why these incidents occur and under what circumstances. Some statistics concerning farming and farming accidents on both a national and state level are listed below for your convenience.
Farming is challenging work that requires workers to operate heavy, dangerous machinery on uneven terrain. The farm accident attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. understand this and have experience representing farmers and farm workers who have suffered injuries while on the job, including:
Also, we are ready to aggressively seek justice if your loved one was killed in a farming accident caused by the reckless, negligent, or intentional actions of another party. Surviving family members could be eligible to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one, and we are here to help you get the compensation the responsible party owes you.
Farms are dangerous places, and workers can be injured in a variety of ways. Here at Spiros Law, P.C., our skilled attorneys have years of experience trying countless personal injury and farming accident cases, and are well-versed in a number of practice areas, including farming accidents involving:
Farming accidents occur under a variety of circumstances and may look a number of ways, so even if you do not see your specific case listed above, you may still be entitled to compensation for the losses you have suffered as a result of your accident. For more information or to have any questions or concerns you may have addressed, please contact us today.
Despite advances in technology and an increased focus on safety in the workplace in recent years, accidents in the farming industry continue to rise. As noted in the chart below, fatal injuries in farming, fishing, and forestry occupations have increased 10 percent from the previous year, the highest for the industry in seven years.
Each of these occupational categories inside of the farming sector shows a startling rise in fatalities in past years, demonstrating a dangerous trend that is actively affecting those who work in the sector as well as their families. Many of the causes of these fatalities are attributed to negligence, lack of training, and machine and equipment defects. Additionally, the specific occupational sectors that directly involve workers and laborers, shown by the agricultural workers and farmworkers and laborers categories, demonstrate an even higher increase in fatalities than the general farming occupations sector, suggesting that those who work directly with agriculture, animals, and machinery are at the greatest risk of injury in their field.
Laborers, as opposed to farm owners and other less hands-on farming operators, are at the greatest risk of sustaining an injury in the fields; they are the ones who are actively working with dangerous materials and machinery. Because these workers are at the greatest risk, it is imperative for farm owners and operators to strictly follow established safety standards. This includes making sure that machinery is in safe and in proper working condition by practicing routine maintenance and inspections and properly training employees in their duties and necessary safety practices. When employers fail to fulfill these duties,