The attorneys at the Brannon Law Firm handle personal injury cases, including those involving Farming Accidents. If you have experienced a Farming Accident and have been harmed as a result, you may be able to make a legal claim for the harms and losses you have suffered. It is in your benefit to seek out more information to determine if your Farming Accident was caused by the negligent acts or omissions of others. Information on what Farming Accidents are and what it might mean for you can be found below. Additionally, the personal injury attorneys at the Brannon Law Firm invite you to contact us, either at 937-228-2306 or 1-800-VERDICT to learn whether you can make a claim for a Farming Accident.
What are Farming Accidents?
Farming has always been an important industry in the State of Ohio, providing jobs, income, and food for many thousands of people. However, farming has also been a dangerous activity despite the advancements in safety equipment since the occupation involves long hours, physical labor, exposure to the elements, working with big machinery and sometimes big animals. This work often occurs in remote locations, so that when an accident or an injury does occur, help may be far away. It is important for farmers and those who work on farms to be mindful of the various risks posed by their particular farming activity and utilize safety equipment whenever possible.
Farming Accidents are any accidents or incidents that occur while working on a farm or in the agricultural industry. Some common examples of Farming Accidents are:
- Tractor or large machinery rollover
- Injuries from farm implements such as balers, augers, and power takeoff
- Heavy equipment such as front end loaders, skid steers, and backhoes
- Accidents involving farm vehicles such as farm trucks and ATVs
- Slip and falls, falls from heights, and other such incidents
- Injuries involving livestock, such as being kicked by livestock or escaped livestock
- Injuries involving horses or horseback riding
- Grain bin and storage accidents
- Chemical or toxic exposure, such as manure or pesticides
- Small equipment accidents such as chainsaws, drills or other hand tools.
Consequences of Farm Accidents can be far ranging. They can be minor injuries such as bumps or bruises, or more serious injuries such as neck injuries, back injuries, head injuries, fractures or broken bones and even death. In the event of a Farm Accident you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Additionally, although it is not always practicable you or a friend should try and document the cause of the injury by taking pictures with a cell phone camera. It is also important not to alter the accident scene before it can be investigated by law enforcement, OSHA or private investigator. All of these items are potential evidence if a claim is ultimately made to seek a recovery for any injury or loss.
Legal Significance of Farming Accidents
If you have experienced a Farming Accident and have been harmed as a result, you may be able to make a legal claim for the harms and losses you have suffered. When a legal claim is made for a Farming Accident it is usually based upon a claim or negligence. Negligence occurs where a person or entity has a duty to fulfill a certain obligation, then takes improper action or fails to act which ultimately results in a harm or injury. While farming itself often poses inherent risks and dangers, negligence is different since the injury would not have occurred but for the negligent act or omission of another. In Farming Accidents both persons and entities have an obligation to conduct themselves in a responsible and safe manner in order to ensure the safety of farmers and others. Failure to do so may be negligence.
The following are some common examples of negligence based claims involving Farming Accidents:
- Product Liability –design or manufacturing defects of farming equipment
- Failure to Warn –foreseeable hazards in using farming equipment or chemicals
- Equipment Malfunctions – Especially with power takeoffs and safety shutoffs
- Failure to provide proper safety equipment
- Removal of guards, shields, and other safety devices
- Improper maintenance or repair of farming equipment
- Failure to properly restrain or control dangerous animals
Often times there are multiple parties that may be responsible for negligence which results in an injury on a farm or in the agricultural industry. This could range from the property owner, managing farmer, an incorporated commercial farming entity, third party contractor providing goods or services, chemical supplier and or an equipment manufacturer. For example, a manufacturer of farming equipment may be responsible for an injury if the equipment was not properly designed to include safety guards. It is the responsibility of farm operators, farmers, agricultural organizations, manufacturers of farming equipment, and others to be aware of the risks of farming activities and to ensure that they conduct themselves in the proper manner for the safety of everyone involved with farming. If they fail to adhere to the safety rules, regulations and good practices for farming the safety of everyone involved is needlessly endangered.
Seeking Legal Counsel and Guidance
If you have suffered an injury due to a Farming Accident, negligence may be the cause. The personal injury attorneys at the Brannon Law Firm have the skill and experience to discover whether your injuries were the result of negligence. Negligence is preventable. It is caused by the error, improper action, or lack of action by individuals or organizations tasked with the safety of others. It is important to hold those individuals or organizations to the proper safety standards and to hold them accountable for the harms and losses they may cause. The Brannon Law Firm can help hold those at fault accountable.
Additionally, the personal injuries suffered as the result of an accident may be difficult, physically, financially and emotionally. Medical treatment may be necessary, resulting in costly medical bills. Furthermore, as a result of your injuries, you may experience a multitude of issues, such as persistent pain, difficulty in performing everyday tasks, and a decrease in quality of life. These issues may even affect the lives of your loved ones as well. It is important to ensure you have the assistance and care that you deserve to live the best life possible. The Brannon Law Firm can help with that process.
At the Brannon law Firm, we have represented individuals who were unfortunate victims of Farming Accidents. We have obtained favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients. We invite you to contact us at 937-228-2306 or 1-800-VERDICT for a free consultation. The Brannon Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Dayton and throughout the State of Ohio.