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An Overview On Farming Accident Injury Claims

by Jamie Nichols

If you work on a farm, you know that your job is vital to the American society. People rely on farms every day, so your job is a big contribution to lives all across the country, but you depend on your job for your livelihood. When you become injured while doing your job, it can have a detrimental effect. But it can also be confusing as to who you need to pursue a claim against to receive compensation for those injuries.

This article will give you an overview on the types of injuries that can happen on a farm, and what measures you can take when pursuing a claim:

Most Common Farming Injuries 

Many people don't realize the farming is one of the most dangerous jobs around. And while farms take many preemptive measures to be sure that their workers don't get injured, unfortunately accidents still happen.

  • Losing limbs due to amputation
  • Severe burns or even death due to fires and explosions
  • Being crushed by farm machinery
  • Electrocution

The biggest contributor to severe injuries as well as death is the operating of farming equipment. Farming machinery is not designed to be safe, and even though you as the operator are making sure you use the equipment correctly, it can still be dangerous. When you are injured by a piece of farming equipment, you can pursue a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the machinery. A personal injury attorney will discuss those options with you. 

Types of Compensation You May Receive

As an employee of a farm, you should be covered under the farm's workers' compensation insurance. This will help you receive money for your injuries. Among some of the things that will be covered under the compensation policy is: 

  • Health and medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Skills training should you need to pursue a new career
  • Emotional and mental distress
  • Benefits should you become permanently disabled 
  • Death benefits for your spouse or immediate family members

You  may be reluctant to sue your employer, but depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may not be eligible to pursue the product liability suit discussed above. However, your employer has the workers' compensation policy in place to protect both their business and employees. Discuss all of your options with a personal injury attorney so that you can have a better understanding of where to begin.

If you want to know more about how to make sure you are protected, contact a professional like Frank L. Slaughter Jr. PC to learn more,