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As the country’s leading producer of corn, soybeans, and pork, Illinois is home to over 72,000 farms. While many may think farm life is pretty laid back and peaceful, working on a farm requires backbreaking work. It also exposes you to certain work hazards, especially with the heavy machinery and power tools that you constantly have to use. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury while working on a farm, seek the representation of the Galesburg farm accident lawyer from Rehn Law LLC. With over 20 years of extensive legal experience, we’re known for always standing up for the injured. We believe that hardworking people like you who bring food to our tables deserve to suffer because of a negligent act. Let us help you pursue justice and the favorable settlement for your medical fees, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and more.

To get started with your case, schedule a case evaluation when you call our firm.

Types of Farm Accidents

Farm accident claims in Illinois may or may not be covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Workers’ compensation is no-fault benefits, which means that you don’t have to prove that a negligent act has occurred for you to file your claim. In the event that you believe that a third party negligence is responsible for your injuries, you may also file a separate personal injury claim. If you are not covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act, you may be able to make a claim against your employer for negligence to recover for your injuries.

Some of the most common farm accidents include:

  • Equipment malfunctions including tractor accidents, grain bin explosions, and more
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Falls
  • Animal injuries
  • Failure to provide proper safety equipment

Our Galesburg farm accident attorney can help file you through the whole claims process. We are here to make sure that you understand your rights so the insurance company won’t have the chance to lowball your settlement.

Grain Bin Injuries

Grain bins and silos create serious hazards that can injure and even kill farmers and other workers.

Common accidents caused by grain bins include:

  • Suffocation: This is a leading cause of death in grain bins. Suffocation occurs when workers become buried by grain when they try to walk on moving grain. The grain acts like quicksand and can bury workers easily, making it nearly impossible for workers to get out without help.
  • Explosions: Grain dust is the main source of fuel for explosions that occur in grain bins. The dust is extremely combustible and can explode if enough gathers on a surface and is near a source of heat, like an overheated motor.
  • Falls from height: Grain bins are high off the ground and workers have been known to fall from heights such as floors, machinery, ladders, platforms, and manlifts. Injuries can include broken bones, neck and spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, head and brain trauma, and death.
  • Mechanical equipment: Within grain storage areas, mechanical equipment can produce amputation hazards, as workers can easily get their limbs caught in equipment.

Cattle-Related Injuries

Working with animals on a farm can be dangerous, as cattle, while owned and herded regularly by farmers, are prone to sudden movements and can be aggressive or protective when individuals get too close. According to a study on cattle-related injuries published by the University of Kentucky in 2013, bruises, cuts, and fractures are the primary types of injuries reported when working with cattle, and one-third of the injuries reported in the study required medical attention.

Individuals can be injured by cattle in the following common situations:

  • Transporting cattle: Horses and cattle can weigh over 2,000 pounds and can cause serious injuries to handlers who are attempting to herd or transport them.
  • Using cattle-related equipment: Improper use of heavy equipment, as well as defective equipment, can cause serious injuries including broken bones and crushed limbs.
  • Performing medical tasks on cattle: Tasks like cattle dehorning, castration, and pregnancy checks can agitate animals or make them uncomfortable, causing them to fight back against the handler.

Call Rehn Law LLC Today

At our firm, we handle cases on a contingency fee basis. We do this because we want our clients to focus on recovering from their injuries instead of worrying about any legal fees. Our Galesburg personal injury lawyer truly cares about our clients. We are responsive and strives to answer every phone call or email with urgency.

Contact Rehn Law LLC at (309) 228-2008 if this sounds the representation that you need!

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