Legal Support For Ranching Injuries
Working on a farm is a rewarding but difficult job. In addition to the physical toll it can take, many dangers come with ranch work. According to a federal study, in 2020 there were over 10,000 agriculture-related injuries that required time away from work to recover from..
In addition to the pain that comes with a farming injury, the time away from work can be financially devastating for you and your family. It is important to talk to a skilled lawyer about your injuries so that you can get the support you need to recover. Our attorneys at HPS Law Firm have over 100 years of combined legal experience.
What Causes Farm Injuries?
Whether you are working with large animals, crops or both, there are many opportunities for injury while doing farm work, including the following:
- Heavy machinery: When you need to use a large machine in a dangerous area or the equipment does not receive proper maintenance, it can lead to debilitating injuries.
- Storage facilities: These areas can come with significant hazards. When silos do not have proper safety equipment, a simple slip can mean becoming engulfed in grain. In some cases, these facilities can collapse, or unsecured equipment can fall and injure the workers below.
- Toxic chemicals: Whether spraying chemicals on crops or being exposed to toxic gases from manure storage, these fumes can cause respiratory problems and other injuries.
When you work in these and other dangerous situations, it is essential to learn how to operate equipment safely and avoid safety hazards as well as to know what to do if you suffer an injury.
What Do You Do If You Were Injured?
After a farm injury, there are a few things you need to do. First, you need to seek medical treatment, even if your injury does not require emergency care. In addition to getting a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, seeing a medical professional establishes the severity and timeline of your injury.
You should also talk to a lawyer—they can notify the farm owner as soon as possible so that the farm owner knows about the injury and the circumstances surrounding it.. Farm injuries tend to be some of the most under-reported workplace injuries.
Get Legal Support Right Away
Before you talk to an insurance company, you should speak to one of our experienced lawyers about your injuries. Insurance companies will often offer lower settlements, but our attorneys can help you determine the full cost of your injuries and how you should move forward.
Call us at 605-252-9277 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation at our Sioux Falls office.