Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Farm Workers
The large, widespread industry of farming is a vital source of income for many American families and creates products that the country relies on. However, this dangerous industry results in serious injuries to workers each year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the fatal injury rate in the agricultural industry is 7.5 times higher than any other industry.
Farming, being the most dangerous industry in the U.S., results in injuries that can be devastating for an individual and their family. These injuries can accrue costly medical bills, loss of income, permanent physical impairment, and death, leaving families financially and emotionally drained. Regardless of how the farming accident occurred, the attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. have experience in fighting on behalf of injured farmworkers.
A few farm injury claims we handle include traumatic brain injuries, torn ligaments, suffocation, amputation of limbs, and internal organ damage or organ bleeding. Although farming is an inherently hazardous industry, many accidents can be caused by the negligence on part of farm owners or operators, or machine defects and malfunctions. With this in mind, many farming injuries can be prevented with proper safety standards, maintenance, and product design.
Even if the farming injury was not caused by negligence, injured farmworkers still have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. Additionally, the Illinois emergency rule permits frontline workers, including farmers, to file a workers’ compensation claim if they have contracted COVID-19 and have suffered from the illness.
Although there have been advances in technology and an increased focus on safety in the workplace, farming injuries continue to rise. It is important for farm workers and the owners and operators to follow established safety standards, practice routine maintenance and inspection of farm equipment, and make sure the machinery is in proper working condition.
Farmers deserve to be protected, especially during this pandemic when they are regarded as essential employees. If you are a farmer and have suffered an injury at the workplace, contact our attorneys today at (217) 443-4343. Our attorneys will be able to work with you on filing a workers’ compensation or farming injury claim. Though our offices are currently closed during the shelter-in-place, our staff is available to speak with you over the phone, during a scheduled video meeting, and on email.