Farming is one of the most dangerous professions in Wisconsin. In 2017, over 400 farmers in the United States died after injuring themselves on the job while thousands of others suffered from workplace injuries. Since many farmers employ their family members, their relatives also experience a high risk of farm accidents.
How dangerous is the agriculture industry?
Many farm accidents involve heavy machinery. Farmers use powerful equipment that can be dangerous if the equipment has a defect or the farmer uses it improperly. In particular, tractor roll-overs cause a number of agriculture-related deaths each year.
Every year, thousands of workers suffer from sprains, fractures and other injuries after engaging in hard labor. In fact, studies have shown that half of all crop workers have injured themselves on the job. In 2014, nearly half a million farm workers were under the age of eighteen. This means that farm work carries a high risk of injuries for children and teenagers.
Due to exposure to loud farm equipment, many workers suffer from hearing loss. Others suffer from mental and physical injuries as a result of workplace stress. If you work on someone’s farm and you injure yourself through no fault of your own, you might want to talk to a personal injury attorney.
What qualifies as a serious injury?
You might be entitled to a large settlement if you’re suffering from a serious injury. In legal terms, a serious injury is a debilitating condition that affects your ability to live your life. This could include brain damage, spinal cord injuries, catastrophic burns, amputated limbs and disfigurement. You can’t undo what happened, but an attorney could help you seek compensation so you can live the rest of your life as comfortably as possible.