While farm work is a crucial job to provide Americans with the food we need, farm accidents are unfortunately common and often result in devastating injuries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, agricultural workers suffered 574 fatal injuries in 2018 alone, with 5.3 injury and illness cases per 100 full-time farmworkers.
If you recently suffered an accident while working on a Quad Cities farm, Duncan Law Group can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys fight tirelessly to represent our clients’ best interests at trial and during negotiations.
Working with dangerous equipment and in volatile conditions can lead to serious injury and even death. Common types of farm accidents in the Quad Cities area include the following:
All of these accidents can lead to severe injury, including broken bones, lacerations, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord damage. Some of these dangerous acts can lead to serious illness, including cancer, birth defects, and respiratory problems.
Farm accidents can be complex, since the farm may be a workplace as well as a residence. You have two main options for litigation following a farm accident: you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party, or you can file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer.
If you are a farm employee, you should always file a workers’ compensation claim regardless of who was liable. You can receive compensation for your medical expenses, as well as wage replacement for disabilities.
On the other hand, someone else’s negligence may have caused your injury, whether it was your employer or the manufacturer of a defective farming device or product. You may be eligible to file a personal injury claim if you can establish the presence of negligence. A personal injury lawsuit allows you to collect more compensation than a workers’ comp claim, often including lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damages.
The attorneys at Duncan Law Group can evaluate your case and help you understand your legal options following a farm accident.
If you recently suffered injuries in a farm accident, contact Duncan Law Group today. With over 15 years of experience and knowledge of Illinois and Iowa personal injury law, our attorneys have the skills and resources necessary to fight for your right to compensatory damages.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with one of our farm accident attorneys.