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Updated February 20, 2020
As every farmer knows, agriculture is a dangerous industry. Farming accidents are common, and farm workers can sustain various types of injuries.
Regardless of how often they happen, farming accidents are scary. If you have been injured while working on a farm, you may be overwhelmed with deciding what to do next, who to contact, and how to get compensated—all while in pain and trying to recover.
If you are injured while working on a farm, it is important that you follow these four steps.
After a farming accident, your first priority should be to seek medical care. Minor injuries may call for seeing a doctor. For more severe injuries, you may need to contact emergency services immediately following the accident.
Even if your injuries don’t seem serious enough to require medical attention, it is in your best interest to visit a doctor. Injuries can often get worse after hours, days, or weeks following an accident, so medical care could help you avoid later health complications. Additionally, the insurance company of the at-fault party could question the validity of your injury claim if you wait too long to see a doctor.
As soon as possible, report the injury to your employer. In cases of farm equipment accidents, for example, they can ensure that the equipment is correctly disabled and stored so as to not injure others. Other parties—government agencies, vendors, contractors, etc.—may need to be notified as well, depending on the specifics of your accident. An attorney can help you determine who you need to contact.
Preserving evidence is key to building a strong case. To collect evidence, consider doing the following:
Your attorney can help you collect and preserve evidence for your case.
Consult an attorney to represent you at all stages of the accident investigation and claim process. They can recommend how to speak with insurance companies, inform you about statutes of limitations in your state, and discuss workers’ compensation laws.
If you have been injured as a result of a farming accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Farming Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you with the next steps in pursuing a farming accident case. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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