Legal Assistance for People Seriously Injured in Washington, Idaho and Oregon Farming and Agriculture Accidents
If you have been seriously injured or disabled in a farming accident, you may be seeking answers to your legal questions. The Farber Law Group, a personal injury law firm located in Bellevue, Washington may be of assistance to you.
Farm work is hard and demanding and it poses special hazards because workers often work with heavy and dangerous equipment, climb ladders and work with agricultural chemicals which can be toxic.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 3.1 million Americans work on farms and ranches. Every year, approximately 1,300 Americans lose their lives in farming and other agriculture-related accidents. Another 120,000 people suffer injuries in farming-related occupations, many of them seriously. Of those killed, a significant number are young people and children.
Farming is big business in Washington state and the state ranks ninth in the U.S. for food and agricultural products. Nearly $9.3 billion in food and agricultural products are exported by farmers in the state every year. Washington farmers produce a variety of crops including wheat and hops; grapes, apples, and other stone fruits; berries and vegetables; and raise livestock including farmed fish, cattle and lambs.
Tractor Accidents on Farms
The highest number of fatalities in farming accident is due to tractor accidents. In nearly 44% of all fatal tractor accidents, a rollover of the tractor occurred. Most tractor accident fatalities could be prevented if the tractor was equipped with rollover protective structures and operators used seat belts.
Fruit Orchards Have High Worker Injury Rates
Fruit orchards have the highest worker injury rate among all farming occupations with between 45% to 58% of all workers compensation claims in the state paid to those injured in orchard accidents. Washington state is the number one producer of apples, cherries and pears and ladders, used in picking crops, are the number one factor in worker injuries.
Many ladder accidents results in sprains and strains but workers also suffer more severe injuries including fractures and dislocations. Workers are injured when a ladder is not on stable ground, when they are struck by a falling ladder or when they slip while descending or ascending the ladder. Workers are often ascending and descending ladders while laden with heavy bags and the weight of the bag can increase the severity of a fall.
Chemical Exposure Accidents
In some farming operations, chemicals are used and exposure to chemicals can result in injury.
Farming Accidents Caused by OSHA Violations
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards regarding working conditions on farms. OSHA requires that machines have proper guards and have proper ventilation. Lack of safety features can contribute to worker injuries.
Washington Attorney Represents Accident Victims and their Families
If you or a loved one has been injured, or a loved one killed in a farm or agriculture accident, The Farber Law Group is happy to assist you and to help insure that your legal rights are protected. We provide a free and confidential case evaluation to help you determine whether you wish to make a claim. Our experienced attorney will help you determine whether you might be eligible for injury compensation, medical benefits, permanent or temporary disability, vocational rehabilitation or death benefits in the case of a deceased family member.
Please do not hesitate to contact us and know that we view it as an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to help you in any way that we can.
Representing farming accident victims across Washington including in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Yakima, Grant, Adams, and Klickitat counties.