Illinois Farm Workers Workers Accident & Injury Lawyers
Agricultural jobs are ranked among the nation's most dangerous jobs available. Farmworkers and farmhands work with and around industrial machinery, animals, and a wide array of chemicals that creates a dangerous environment.
Regardless of the size of the farm, many injuries and even fatalities happen every year on farms across the U.S. Many injured on the job are underage children hired by the farm or living with their parents working on the farm.
A Farmworker Injury Attorney can Help
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has years of experience investigating, prosecuting, and resolving Illinois farm accident injuries. Our attorneys will take every step necessary to gather the evidence and determine the responsible parties and ultimately hold them accountable for their actions in court.
We invite you to contact our Illinois farm accident lawyers today for a free review of your case. If you or a family member were injured while working on a farm, you are likely entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
Contact the workers' compensation attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for more information and a free review of your legal rights and options.
Farm Worker Accident FAQs
What are Some of the Causes of Most Accidents on the Farm?
The leading cause of farming accidents involves overturned heavy machinery and tractor rollovers. Other causes include suffocation, lethal exposure to toxic chemicals, falls, animal-related injuries, heat stress, overexertion, and crushed limbs by agricultural machinery.
How Many Farmers Die Each Year?
Statistics maintained by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveals that over 400 farmers and farmworkers lost their lives in 2017 in a work-related accident. Statistically, the fatality rate for farmhands is 20.4 for every 100,000 workers.
Is Farming the Most Dangerous Job?
Statistics show that every day in the United States, approximately one hundred farmworkers suffer injuries severe enough to lose time from work while recovering. Some statistics reveal that over twenty-four months beginning in 2008, one-half of all crop workers suffered strain and sprain injuries.
By 2014, approximately 12,000 children suffered injuries on farms, and 4000 were injured while performing farm work. The other children were living on the farmland where their parents worked.
What Percentage of Farm Work Fatalities are Tractor-Related?
Nearly 45% of all accidents occurring on a farm are the result of tractors rolling over. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics shows that about sixty-five farmworkers die every year in tractor-related accidents.
About 50% of all tractor accidents resulted from the farmhand not wearing a seat belt or the tractor not being equipped with a rollover protection system (ROPS).
What Causes Tractor Rollovers?
Many side rollovers in the farming community occur because of the centrifugal force of pushing the tractor while making a turn. Often, the operator loses control of the tractor because of a heavy load on the vehicle's drawbar.
Other tractor rollovers are caused by unevenly applying the brakes while the vehicle is operating at high speed.
What are the Defects and Hazards Associated With Farm Tools?
Defective equipment, including tractors, plows, hay balers, mowers, harvesters, and tractors, could cause life-altering debilitating injuries that might include burns, bone fractures, amputation, electrocution, and more.
Defective farm tool designs include pinch points, wrap points, spring points, freewheeling points, and faulty hydraulic hoses.
Farm Injury Statistics: A Discouraging Perspective on Worker Safety
The agricultural industry is comprised of everything from large industrial operations to smaller, family-run farms. It is one of the few businesses that often have families that live and work on the farm of various ages, not just adult workers.
According to the Center for Disease Control, farming is a high-risk business with many a large capacity for severe and fatal injuries.
- In 2010, there were an estimated 1.8 million full-time workers and over 5 million combined workers in the agricultural industry. In the same year, 476 farm workers lost their lives from work-related accidents.
About 243 farm workers are injured every day, with 5% of these injuries resulting in permanent impairment.
- Over 1 million children under the age of 20 live on farms, with over 50% performing work on the farm. In 2009, there were also an additional 230,000 adolescents that worked on farms that do not reside on farms.
An average of 113 children under 20 years of age dies each year on farms in farm work-related accidents.
- In 2009, there were 16,100 children and adolescents injured on farms, 3,400 related to work injuries.
- Older farmworkers are at high risk for fatalities. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data shows that workers over 55 years of age were the victims of over half of the agriculture worker deaths between 1992- 2004.
- Overturned tractor accidents are the leading cause of death, accounting for 90 wrongful deaths on farms every year. Farmers and farmhands could have prevented many overturned tractor deaths at the tractors been equipped with Roll-Over Protective Structures.
However, reports indicate that only about six out of every ten tractors are equipped with these life-saving devices.
- According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the rate for farmworker injuries was 20% higher in 2010 than other types of work injuries, with 4.8 injuries per 100 versus 3.8 per 100 for all other workers.
Illinois workers' compensation benefits were available for all qualified workers injured at the workplace or in a truck-auto accident.
Common Causes of Farm Accidents
There is a wide array of accidents in day-to-day agricultural work, depending on the type of farm. Although tractor accidents because more fatalities every year, farmers and farmhands must contend with dangerous equipment and other hazards that include:
- Equipment malfunctions
- Chemical exposures
- Animal injuries
- Silo suffocation
- Machinery and truck accident rollovers
- Equipment defects
- Combines, grain bins, and other equipment accidents
Some accidents can be due to improper training or use of safety gear. It is up to farm owners to provide a safe and healthy work environment, just like any other employer. However, many of these injuries also happen to the farm owners and their families due to no fault of their own.
Defective equipment and malfunctioning machinery have put agricultural workers and farm-owning families at risk for injury. Some chemicals and pesticides without proper warning information labels could be harmful.
In these accident cases, the fault is often the makers and manufacturers of the agricultural farm equipment and products.
The agricultural industry is part of what makes the U.S. sustainable and helps feed not only Americans but people from across the world. It is a necessary component of a thriving economy that ensures the country's well-being.
However, it is a dangerous industry, and agricultural workers must strive to use safety precautions to keep themselves out of harm's way. It is also the owners of these farms' duty to provide the proper safety equipment and training for their workers.
Illinois Accident Attorneys Representing People who Have Suffered an Injury at a Farm
Many agricultural injuries involving powerful machinery are genuinely life-changing events for the individuals involved. Frequently, these work-related injuries are magnified due to delayed medical attention or inadequate medical attention in rural areas.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understands the issues involved in these Illinois personal injury cases and works to secure the maximum recovery from all responsible parties through serious injury claims.
Like all work-related injuries and accidents, farmworkers are entitled to receive Illinois Worker's Compensation benefits paid through their employer's insurance company coverage. A worker's comp benefits claim will cover medical expenses, time away from work, pain, and suffering.
Contact Farm Workers Compensation & Injury Law Firm
In Illinois farm injury cases, our personal injury attorneys commonly investigate the role of landowners, product manufacturers, management companies, maintenance companies, and other workers on the farm- all to protect the rights of our clients.
Were you involved in a work-related injury or lost a loved one through wrongful death? If so, contact our personal injury lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) to schedule a free consultation.
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