Farming Accident Lawyer
Farming is immensely important to the economy in Central California, but it can be a dangerous industry.
If you or a loved one has been injured during agricultural work, farm accident attorney Gilbert E. Fisher can help.
To discuss your farming accident case with Mr. Fisher, contact our offices in Salinas or Fresno, CA, to schedule a free consultation.
What Are Your Options After a Farm Accident?
Vehicle Accident Lawsuit
If your injury involved a tractor or some other vehicle, a personal injury claim may be most successful. Insurance will typically cover your medical bills and lost wages. However, the initial settlement from the insurance company is often insufficient to meet the needs of injured farmers. Mr. Fisher can determine which parties may be held responsible for your accident. These parties may include manufacturers, owners, or farm managers.
Defective Product Claim
If your injury stemmed from a defective or malfunctioning piece of equipment, you likely have grounds for a defective product case. As with vehicle accident cases, several parties may be held legally responsible. These can include the engineer, manufacturer, retailer, or owner. Defective product cases are among the most complicated types of personal injury lawsuits, making it vital that you work with an attorney like Gilbert Fisher, who is familiar with California's farming industry.
You may also be eligible to file for workers' compensation, whether or not your injury was the result of negligence. Typically, by filing this claim, you waive your right to a lawsuit. However, workers' compensation claims can be very successful, and they can help you obtain significant restitution. Unfortunately, many qualified individuals, including migrant workers, assume that they cannot obtain this compensation. Mr. Fisher can determine your eligibility for workers' comp and fight for your rights if an insurance company refuses to pay what you deserve.
Common Injuries Affecting Agricultural Workers
Farming injuries can range from moderate to severe. Our farm accident lawyer can represent workers who have suffered:
- Strains and sprains
- Hip, knee, and back injuries due to repetitive movements
- Injuries related to defective or malfunctioning equipment
- Being crushed by a tractor rollover
- Being trapped under a falling building
- Suffocation due to grain entrapment
- Incidents involving livestock
With today’s massive farms that require huge pieces of machinery, many accidents can even be fatal, leading to significant suffering for the loved ones of victims. Mr. Fisher is prepared to handle wrongful death cases in Fresno and Salinas.
Agriculture Can Be Dangerous
Why Do Farm Accidents Occur?
In some cases, agricultural incidents are simply tragic accidents. In too many cases, however, injuries are preventable and happen because of human error or negligence. A few common reasons for farm accidents include:
- Malfunctioning equipment due to manufacturing defects or poor maintenance
- Defective design in machinery, especially in regards to safety shutdown functions
- Lack of warning labels on machinery and equipment
- Mishandling of tools or machinery
- Insufficient training
- Poor or nonexistent supervision
- Lack of safety protocol or equipment
Furthermore, long hours, heavy lifting, and repetitive movements can cause stress injuries. Other times, employees may suffer from constant exposure to pesticides or other chemicals.
Helping Injured Workers in Fresno and Salinas "Why Settle for Less When You Can Have the Best?"
"I broke my right thumb at work a year ago and suffered multiple injuries. The most severe was my lower thumb which required surgery. All I wanted was for my family not to be in debt due to my medical bills but I was blessed with more than I could ever imagine. If you have a legitimate claim and you want the best then Gilbert Fisher is your guy. Why settle for less when you can have the best." Somann Meth, 5-Star Review, 2017