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Farming Accident Lawyers California

If you’re a farmer working in agriculture in the central California area, then you’re a part of the community that produces almost $3 billion worth of fruits and vegetables every single year. California in general is a huge part of the agricultural industry of the United States. While it’s an important industry, workers involved with agriculture face many dangers every single day. In fact, those involved in agriculture are about seven times more likely to die at work from a farming accident, as well as 40% more likely to get seriously injured on the job.

Our beautiful state is full of flourishing produce farms and vineyards. On these farms, more than hundreds of thousands of people are employed in central California alone. If you’re one of these people and have been injured in a farm accident, then you could be entitled to compensation. Champion Law Group serves California’s Central Valley and it’s Central Coast, so if you’re local to these areas we have your back.

We have offices throughout the Central Valley, including Fresno, Bakersfield, Visalia and San Luis Obispo.  Our worker’s compensation lawyers are here to assist you as soon as you are comfortable moving forward. You are very likely to be entitled to benefits. Though it will never erase the pain and suffering you’ve been though, it definitely should not be ignored. Call 1-800-715-4105 now for a free consultation. Se habla español.

Our farming accident attorneys handle everything from injury, amputation, paralysis, as well as death claims that are related to farming or agricultural accidents. We are the best law firm specializing in farm accidents and can be of your service as soon as possible. Whenever you would like, you can contact us directly by giving us a call, or by filling out our free consultation request form. We even have a live chat for your convenience.

Read on to learn about the common farm accidents and how our worker’s compensation attorneys can help you.

Common Farm Accidents

If you’ve been working on the farm for a long time, then you’re probably already aware of the most common farm accidents. Your current injury may even be caused by one of the following injuries we’re going to go over. We’ve already noted that agriculture is an extremely dangerous injury. Most people don’t realize it until they, or a loved one, joins the industry.

Types of Farm Injuries

The following list is going to elaborate on the common farming accidents that happen.

  1. Tractor Injuries

Tractor accidents are the most common type of farm accidents workers in agriculture encounter. Unfortunately, all too often workers are not aware of the potential hazards that come with using a tractor. Along with that, the failure to properly train workers how to safely operate tractors is the direct responsibility of farm companies.

There are many workers who operate tractors on a daily basis, meaning they are constantly at risk of getting injured in a tractor accident. A worker has to potential of getting into more than one type of accident on a tractor. We’re going to go over the 4 most common tractor accidents.

Tractor Rollovers: This is the most common tractor accident and can result in serious injury, and sometimes even death. Workers who are driving tractors on a hill or slope should be informed to take extra caution, as this is when a rollover is more likely to happen. Not wearing a safety belt has a big factor in the outcome of a tractor rollover. It is extremely important that not only workers are urged to wear their safety belts, but employers should ensure their tractors are equipped with safety belts as well.

Getting Run Over: While it may seem like common sense, the only way a worker should start a tractor is when they are seated in the operator’s seat. A worker is at most risk of being ran over by a tractor when they attempt to start or turn on their tractor while they are still on the ground.

Getting Caught in a Tractor: A tractor can be operated with equipment attachments. For example, a common attachment is an auger. It’s possible for a piece of clothing or a body part to get caught in the equipment while in use, which can cause serious injuries, and in extreme cases, death. Farm workers need to take caution and keep their hands and feet away from these moving parts, as well as make sure their clothing is properly tucked away as well.

Crashes and Collisions: Crashing or colliding into other objects on the farm can cause serious injuries, and even death. The most common crashes happen at the front of the tractor. Workers who are operating tractors are urged to keep their attention on what they are doing and to be aware of what is around them.

  1. Machinery and Equipment

The farm is equipped with what seems like endless machinery and equipment for its workers to use. Whether it’s out on the field, being used for the livestock, or is necessary for processing, there are many machines that pose a potential danger. These machines tend to be large and require a lot of power in order to operate, making them all the more hazardous.

It is important to note that most accidents involved with agricultural machines are due to error of the operator. With that being said, we are going to introduce the most common machine and equipment hazards and injuries farm workers encounter.

Shear Points and Cutting Points: These shear points are where two edges meet and move together in order to cut material that is usually soft. An example of shear points can be found on augers. Cutting points are where one object moves with enough force or speed to make a cut. An example of this is a sickle blade.

The most common machines that feature these hazards are harvesters and augers, as mentioned earlier. You are able to find them on other pieces of equipment by identifying with the above descriptions. Keep in mind that not all of these points are guarded. Whenever possible, warn your colleagues to help them notice the danger with these types of equipment.

Pinch Points: A pinch point is identified as two objects that move together while rotating, with at least one moving in a circular motion. Where a belt runs in a pulley is an example of this. You can also see pinch points on chain drives, belt drives, and gear drives. Be wary of feed rolls, gathering chains, and any other machines that fit the description.

Your hands, feet, and fingers are at the most risk of getting caught in these pinch points. Loose clothing can also get tangled within these hazards. All it takes is a slight brush to get into one of these accidents. The clothing you wear should be well fitted, and you should take caution to never reach over or around these parts of machinery.

Wrapping Points: Common accidents from wrapping points occur with rotating shafts. Basically, any part of a machine that rotates and is exposed is considered a wrapping point. Something as small as a thread of your clothing can get caught on one of these points and cause an injury. You can get pulled into a machine, clothing can become tightly wrapped and cause suffocation, or you can potentially fall into other moving machinery when coming into contact with a wrap point.

Crushing Points: A crushing point is where one part of a machine moves towards a stable part, or two parts move to meet. Fingers are the most commonly injured part of the body at crushing points.

There are more hazards that machinery and equipment pose. These include freewheeling parts, springs, hydraulic systems, pull in points, and more.

  1. Other Types of Injuries

While the other types of injuries we went over are pretty common, we shouldn’t forget some of the others. Other types of risks farm workers face include:

  • Heat strokes
  • Injury from picking produce
  • Dangerous exposure to fumes and chemicals
  • Injury from livestock
  • Falling
  • Unsanitary conditions / Infections
  • Grain bins and silos
  • And more …

It is so important to take note of the hazards workers face on the farm. Not just that, but to take into account that there are children as young as 9 years old who work on the farm, as well as elderly who work in agriculture as well.

We have offices throughout the Central Valley, including Fresno, Bakersfield, Visalia and San Luis Obispo. Our worker’s compensation lawyers are here to assist you as soon as you are comfortable moving forward. You are very likely to be entitled to benefits. Though it will never erase the pain and suffering you’ve been though, it definitely should not be ignored. 1-800-715-4105 now for a free consultation. Se habla español.

Farm Accident Statistics

When it comes to farm accident statistics, they are pretty devastating. The following list reveals some alarming farm accident statistics.

  • Out of well over 300,000 work related fatalities around the world, more than half of them occur within agriculture.
  • Every year in the U.S., an average of 100 agricultural workers under the age of 20 years old are fatally injured.
  • In 2014 alone, there were approximately 4,000 reported farm work injuries involving youth.
  • 2015 was a bad year for farm workers in the United States. It yielded 401 fatalities due to farm work, making it an average of 19.2 fatalities for every 100,000 workers.

While that is nowhere near the extent of farm accident statistics available, it is important to keep in mind just how dangerous the industry is.

Types of Compensation for Injured Farm Workers

If you or a loved one has been injured during farm duty, then you may be entitled to the following coverages:

  • Past medical expenses – Costs of doctors visits and/or surgeries that have occurred before the final verdict may be compensated.
  • Future medical expenses – Any doctors visits in the future regarding your injury can potentially be free of cost to you.
  • Wage loss – Having an injury, especially a severe one, will cut into time you are able to work. You may be entitled to being compensated for your wage losses.
  • Pain and suffering – We understand there is truly nothing that can compensate you for your pain and suffering, but you may be able to gain additional coverages for emotional damages.
  • Other economic losses – If not being able to work costed you your home, or anything else of value, you have the possibility of being paid for it.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Handle a Worker’s Compensation Claim?

Here at Champion Law Group, we strive to ensure our clients get the full benefits to which they are entitled. While you have the ability to file a worker’s compensation claim alone, it is best that you contact one of our farm accident lawyers to assist you with your case. This is because you want to be sure all your medical bills are properly paid for, which can really put a toll on you financially.

Having a trustworthy worker’s compensation attorney to support and guide you through the process is extremely important. Especially when you or a loved one is going through pain and suffering, it can be hard to get through this time of your life. We always put our client’s needs first and seek to fully protect your interest. With that being said, our worker’s compensation law firm also works on a strict contingency fee. That means we only collect our service fee if you receive a recovery.

We have offices throughout the Central Valley, including Fresno, Bakersfield, Visalia and San Luis Obispo.  Our worker’s compensation lawyers are here to assist you as soon as you are comfortable moving forward. You are very likely to be entitled to benefits. Though it will never erase the pain and suffering you’ve been though, it definitely should not be ignored. Call 1-800-715-4105 now for a free consultation. Se habla español.

Request a Free Consultation

If you’ve been injured in an agricultural or farm accident, it’s important that you get your free consultation with us sooner rather than later. Champion Law Group proudly employs staff that is fluent in Spanish ready to assist you if that will better suit your needs. Contact us now for a free and confidential consultation 1-800-715-4105, fill out our free consultation form, or use the live chat to get in touch.

We have offices throughout the Central Valley, including Fresno, Bakersfield, Visalia and San Luis Obispo.  Our worker’s compensation lawyers are here to assist you as soon as you are comfortable moving forward. You are very likely to be entitled to benefits. Though it will never erase the pain and suffering you’ve been though, it definitely should not be ignored. Call 1-800-715-4105 now for a free consultation. Se habla español.