A Farming Accident Attorney Can Help You Seek Just Compensation
Farming is immensely important to the economy in central California. In Fresno County alone, there are 1.88 million acres of farm land. Unfortunately, farming and similar industries pose serious risks for workers. Heavy machinery, long hours, and repetitive tasks can all take their toll. All too often, workers are unsupervised, and proper safety protocol is not in place. If you or a loved one has been injured during agricultural work, Attorney Gilbert E. Fisher in Fresno, CA, can help. Working with a local farming accident attorney can offer distinct benefits and experience relevant to your case.
Common Injuries Affecting Agricultural Workers
Farming injuries can range from moderate to severe. The most frequent agricultural injuries include:
- 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.
Why Do Farming Injuries Occur?
In some cases, agricultural incidents are simply tragic accidents. In too many cases, however, injuries are preventable and result because of human error or negligence. A few common reasons for farming accidents include:
- Malfunctioning equipment, due to manufacturing defects or poor maintenance
- Defective design in machinery, especially in regards to safety shut-down 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.
Legal Assistance for Your Industrial Injury
If you or a loved one has experienced an industrial or agricultural injury, there may be several legal options open to you. Attorney Fisher can help you explore these possibilities. He will consider the specifics of your accident and how it occurred.
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. Nonetheless, frequently, the compensation will not be sufficient for all your needs. Attorney Fisher can determine which parties may be held responsible for your accident. These parties may include manufactures, 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, there are several parties who 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 experienced attorney.
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, worker’s 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. Attorney Fisher can determine your eligibility for workers' comp and fight for your rights if an insurance company refuses to pay your just due.
Attorney Gilbert Fisher is dedicated to helping victims and their loved ones focus on recovery by seeking vital compensation.
Mr. Fisher understands the vast importance of the area’s agricultural sector. Working in the area for many years, he also knows the unique problems that workers may face. Furthermore, he has ongoing relationships with many nearby doctors. Therefore, he can help you find expert medical care if needed. Most importantly, Mr. Fisher is dedicated to providing effective legal assistance. He will help you explore your options, including both workers' compensation and personal injury lawsuits to seek full compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and related costs.
Receive Tireless Counsel
To learn more about your rights after a farm or industrial injury, contact our firm online today. You can also call (559) 447-1210 to schedule a free consultation. Attorney Gilbert Fisher is dedicated to helping victims and their loved ones focus on recovery by seeking vital compensation.