Lancaster, PA Lawyers Represent Victims of Serious Farming Accidents
Recovering compensation for injured workers in Lancaster County
In terms of work-related deaths, agriculture is one of the top three most dangerous industries in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many workers who survive farming accidents are left with permanent disabilities.
Georgelis Law Firm, P.C. is a family-operated firm that’s focused on helping injury victims. Our close-knit team understands how difficult it is for the entire family when one member is seriously injured. We explore all of the benefits you might be entitled to through workers compensation, private disability insurance and Social Security. If a defective farm implement or other machinery caused your injuries, we help you pursue a lawsuit against the negligent corporation that designed, manufactured or marketed the defective product.
Common agricultural injuries
Because agricultural workers handle complex machinery, sharp tools and toxic chemicals, they are at risk of serious injuries. Even the most experienced, careful farmer can fall victim to:
- Grain engulfment and suffocation in a silo
- Getting hands, clothes or hair caught in heavy machinery
- Amputations and lacerations by blades or heavy machinery
- Tractor rollovers or crashes
- Airborne respiratory diseases
- Cancer from exposure to pesticides, fertilizers, fuels and solvents
- Bacterial infections
- Dermatitis caused by contact with fertilizers and pesticides
- Noise-induced hearing loss from loud machinery
- Repetitive stress injuries to knees, elbows, wrists and shoulders
Avoiding farm injuries
Although much of what farmers do is inherently dangerous, most agricultural accidents are preventable. Family farms may not have safety protocols in place or may not conduct formal training about farm safety. On the other hand, workers on corporate farms may not feel empowered to speak out about agricultural safety violations.
Yet, establishing a few basic rules and procedures may prevent serious injuries. For example, the U.S. Department of Labor suggests preparing an emergency plan to promptly provide care for injured workers, particularly in rural areas where hospitals are far away. Also, special care should be taken when those younger than 15 or older than 65 are working, as these groups have the highest incidence of injury.
Contact us about recovering damages after a farming accident
For more information about agricultural accidents, call Georgelis Law Firm at 717-394-3004 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our injury litigation attorneys are available for appointments in the evenings and on the weekends, and we make home, hospital and rehabilitation center visits. Free parking is available at our Lancaster office.