Farm Equipment Accidents: When to Contact A Legal Professional
Following Farm equipment accidents where you suspect there was negligence, a defective product or simply have questions about what may have happened, you should contact and experienced product liability lawyer to investigate the matter.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated and experienced Ohio catastrophic injury and product liability injury attorney who is well versed in the science, economic impact, and human loss that such an injury or death has on the injured person’s life and their family.
The Lyon Firm has the resources and knowledge to work alongside engineering, human factors, toxicology, epidemiology, pathology and other medical experts determine the root cause of the farming accident and to develop the compelling evidence to present the highest quality evidence and arguments on behalf of the injured party and his or her family.
Types of Farm Equipment Accidents
- Tractor rollover
- Falls from ladders/stationary lifts
- Entanglements with certain machines
- Equipment with defective designs.
- Inadequate warning labels on equipment
- Negligent training of workers on the equipment.
- Failure to stop using defective machinery.
- The removal of safety devices from equipment, either on purpose or due to improper design.
Common Farm Injuries
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic Amputations
- Crush Injuries
- Electrical Injuries
- Accidental Electrocution
- Traumatic Eye Injuries
- Degloving Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Orthopedic Trauma
- Wrongful Death
The legal options will depend on what caused the farming equipment accident and injury. In any case, these injuries are usually too serious for the injured party to negotiate a fair and comprehensive settlement without an attorney. The interplay of complex liability questions, subrogation, and future life care plans require the attention of an attorney experienced in complex product liability and industrial lawsuits. There are personal injury cases where an attorney may not be necessary, but farming injuries can be catastrophic and permanent and should be addressed by a lawyer with experience in complex litigation.
Vehicle Accident: If the case involved a vehicle accident, there is typically insurance available to compensate the injured party. However, often individual vehicle insurance policies will not be sufficient to fully compensate the victim. In those cases, it may be necessary to find additional defendants that contributed to the accident sequence and can therefore contribute to compensating the injured party.
Product Liability: Where the injury was caused by a defective product, the litigation path is much more expensive and complex. The attorney will need to evaluate the viability of the defendant and cost to prove the case through expert testimony. Product liability cases can be some of the most expensive types of litigation, but where there is a viable defendant, the cases should be evaluated carefully to determine if a defective product caused the fracking accident.
Workers Comp as Exclusive Remedy: The first step is whether the case is limited to Worker’s Compensation. This analysis requires a thorough understanding of Employer Intentional Tort law which has become more difficult in recent years. Often the case requires a removal of an equipment safety guard or a knowing violation of an OSHA regulation to move past a motion for summary judgment. Joe Lyon has successfully litigated cases and obtained settlements for workers in addition to Workers Compensation.
- Allow the equipment in the accident to be destroyed. This evidence must be preserved
- Remove any social media postings.
- Make any statements to insurance companies or automotive company private investigators without first speaking with a qualified attorney.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury that involved farm equipment accidents and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.