Farm Accident Lawyers
The agricultural industry can be dangerous. Farmers and farm workers face exposure to poorly maintained or defective machinery and equipment, incorrectly stored pesticides and chemicals, improper livestock handling, tractor rollovers, and other unsafe conditions. In 2015, there were two farm-equipment related fatalities in Minnesota.
If your health or livelihood has been affected due to an injury sustained in a farm accident, or if you know someone who has been injured or killed in a farm-related accident, the Minnesota farm accident lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence are here for you. Contact Meshbesher & Spence for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. We will help you recover damages for your injuries.
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Speak with a farm accident lawyer at Meshbesher & Spence and let us help you receive compensation for:
- Lost wages, future earnings and earning capacity
- Past, present and future medical bills
- Pain, suffering and emotional distress
- Permanent injury and disability
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Wrongful death and funeral expenses
- Property damage
- And other general damages
The lawyer you choose make a difference
The lawyers at Meshbesher & Spence are here to help. We have the experience and knowledge to make sure that you are fairly compensated. We are prepared to work diligently to make sure you are appropriately compensated for your medical expenses and physical and emotional suffering.
As the victim of a farm accident, you may face lost wages, unmanageable medical bills, out of pocket expenses, and a mountain of complicated insurance claims. The insurance companies have experienced attorneys looking out for their interests. We believe you should have the very best attorneys looking out for you. Meshbesher & Spence has more than 50 years of experience of representing injured individuals and families and we will fight to get the compensation you deserve.
You don’t pay anything unless we make a recovery for you
When you hire Meshbesher & Spence, you will not be asked to pay any attorney fees or out of pocket expenses until you receive compensation for your injuries. In the event that you do not recover compensation for your injuries, you will not be asked to pay anything. This means that you have no reason not to hire the experienced law firm of Meshbesher & Spence.
It is important to act immediately to protect your rights. Call Meshbesher & Spence to speak with a farm accident lawyer to discuss your potential claim. You will receive a free consultation, and our personal injury lawyers are available to visit you in the hospital, at home, at one of our five office locations, or any place that is most convenient for you.
These farm equipment accidents happen with the greatest occurrence to those ages 15-65. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, of those persons involved in farm fatalities, nearly 300 are children – many thousands more of whom are injured each year.
Other causes of farming accidents include exposure to toxic levels of herbicides, chemicals, and pesticides, faulty equipment, falls, and entrapment in hazardous areas like silos, grain bins and wells. These accidents can result in amputation, fractures, head injuries, asphyxiation, and other injuries.
Programs like Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK) help to educate young people on farm safety practices, and the U.S. Department of Labor, in conjunction with OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is searching for better ways to get the word out on farming safety and the best ways to prevent future farming fatalities, injuries and illnesses. Their recommendations for farm accident prevention are listed below.
Recommendations for Accident Prevention
Make accident prevention a management as well as a personal goal. Develop an awareness of hazards on the farm and make a conscious effort to prepare for emergency situations including fires, vehicle accidents, electrical shocks from equipment and wires, and adverse health effects from chemical exposures.
Reduce your risk of injury and illness with preventive measures. Read and follow instructions in equipment operator’s manuals. Follow instructions on product labels for safe use, handling, and storage. Conduct routine inspections of your equipment to determine problems and potential failures that may contribute to or cause an accident.
Conduct meetings with employees and family members to assess safety hazards, discuss potential accident situations, and outline emergency procedures. Be especially alert to hazards that may affect children and the elderly. Minimize hazards by careful selection of products you buy, by providing good maintenance of tools, buildings, and equipment, and establishing good housekeeping procedures. Provide rollover protective structures, protective enclosures, or protective frames as appropriate for farm tractors. Use seat belts while the tractor is in operation. Make sure guards for farm equipment are put back on after maintenance to protect workers from moving machinery parts. Review material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and labels that come with chemical products.
Communicate information concerning hazards to all workers. Prevent pesticide poisonings and dermatitis caused by chemicals by ensuring that protective measures recommended in the MSDSs or labels are taken. Take the necessary precautions to prevent entrapment and suffocation caused by unstable surfaces of grain storage bins, silos or hoppers
Be aware that methane gas, carbon dioxide, ammonia and hydrogen sulfide can be present in unventilated grain silos and manure pits in quantities sufficient to cause asphyxiation or explosion. Practicing safety protocols and taking the proper precautions with each and every task completed on the farm is of vital importance. These decisions and procedures only take an extra second, but ultimately could mean the difference between life and death. If you’d like more information on farming safety, check out these related resources:
National Ag Safety Database: A Review of Farm Accident Data Sources and Research OSHA Fact Sheet: Farm Safety
Here’s a list of the most important things to think about when choosing an attorney to represent you in your claim:
Research your potential lawyer’s experience and track record. This is key in verifying your attorney’s familiarity with cases like yours, their overall capabilities, and record of success.
Make it local
Sure the actors in those frequent daytime TV commercials touting the law offices of some large, important sounding firm might sound enticing but the truth is they’re usually from large impersonal referral services or scammy out-of-state firms looking to snag as many clients as they can without any real regard for you or your case. The same is true for those paid online search ads “trolling” for out-of-state cases. But the worst part is these lawyers don’t have any of the real hands-on experience with your local judges and court system, which puts them – and your case – at a distinct disadvantage.
Always hire an attorney whose practice is based in your state – even better, one in your specific town or area. (Meshbesher & Spence has four locations in Minnesota to serve you – and we make house calls!) Choosing a local attorney is not only best for the outcome of your case, as our extensive knowledge of your state’s laws and local experience will directly support your claim – it also helps support the local economy as well.
Contingency: You pay when they win
Simply put, if you don’t win – you don’t pay! This means that if you don’t win your case, you owe your lawyer nothing. A contingent fee agreement says that your lawyer receives a percentage of your settlement as his or her payment. Because you don’t pay out of pocket, you should not hesitate to approach established firms who may appear to be out of your league financially. You want the very best attorney you can get to take your case – contingency allows you to get the most for your money.
Remember it’s NEVER to your advantage to represent yourself – there’s a reason why it takes so much schooling and experience to become a successful lawyer. Since you don’t pay if you don’t win, you can afford to choose the very best in the business and give your case its best possible chance in court.
Whether your claim is medical malpractice, worker’s compensation or a something else altogether, make sure you choose a lawyer with specific experience in the arena in which your claim exists. Just as an obstetrician has a different and more specialized set of skills than a neurologist or rheumatologist, each area of law has it’s own set of idiosyncrasies and intricate complexities and it will serve you best to choose a lawyer who “does it for a living,” instead of a family friend whose focus may be tax or family law but who does some worker’s compensation claims on the side. Always seek out the most qualified professional for your best chance at success.
Word of mouth
Although word of mouth referrals from friends and family can be your best source of information, be sure to check your source carefully. Ask only people you trust, who have experience in claims (either as plaintiffs or within the legal field), and be sure to ask specific questions about what it was like to work with the attorney they’re referring, whether or not they would hire them again, and why.
If you know or have access to a defense attorney, ask them who their best adversary in the area is. Never choose an attorney solely because they are a friend of a friend, or are related to you or someone you know. These qualities do not necessarily make them the best-qualified attorney to represent you and your case.
The Minnesota attorneys of Meshbesher & Spence have been representing families in crisis for over 50 years. We’re skilled in personal injury, class action, criminal defense, and civil litigation. At Meshbesher & Spence, we are proud of the tradition of excellence upon which our practice is built, and continue that tradition in a relentless pursuit of justice for each individual and family in need of our representation. Our work is based upon the belief that the lawyer you choose truly does make a difference, and we believe that every Minnesota family deserves the very best. If you’re in need of an attorney, contact Meshbesher & Spence today for a free consultation call 1-888-728-9866.
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Farm Accident Lawyers