California’s Central Valley is one of the most productive farming regions in the world. Making up less than one percent of all farmland in the U.S., the Central Valley produces eight percent of all produce in the country by value. Farming makes up a major part of every day life for many people in and around Stockton, and a number of farmers’ markets can be found in the city. To the west of the city you can find Speckman Herb Farm and the Robinson Farms Feed Company. East of Stockton, walnut farms and various orchards have endured the Central Valley’s climate for years. As many farmhands will tell you, it is not the easiest life, nor the safest. High temperatures and harsh field conditions have led to accidents and injury. Among the most horrifying of these dangers is a tractor accident. Tractors are important machines for the farm, but they must be used with care. Penney & Associates personal injury attorneys are ready and able to represent Stockton tractor accident victims, and get them the compensation they deserve.
Tractor accidents are not uncommon
The agricultural industry is considered to be one of the more dangerous to work in. Machines of all kinds can be found on farms. If they are used in unsafe ways or improperly maintained, serious injury or death can be the result. According to the CDC, roughly 167 farmhands every day suffer lost-work-time injury. Five percent of all these injuries result in permanent impairment.
Tractor rollover is one of leading causes of death among farmhands, but the danger posed by a tractor is not limited to the drivers’ seat. Exposed internal components can snag clothing and drag unsuspecting farmhands under the tractor, leading to horrific injuries or deaths. A tractor could suddenly be stuck in gear, rolling out of control and into fences, other machines, and people.
Why a you need a personal injury lawyer for a Stockton tractor accident
Liability in a Stockton tractor accident is judged by comparative negligence in California. What this means is that a victim, or their survivors, must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the victim was operating the tractor safely. Lawyers and insurance claims adjusters will carefully go over every piece of evidence to see if the operator could be liable in any way. You could be following every safety tip possible. You can have a Cost-effective Rollover Protective Structure installed on the machine for rollover safety. Your claims will be challenged every step of the way.
A farm owner can be held liable for requiring workers to perform unsafe tractor operation, or if they knew the tractor was unsafe to operate. At the same time, a farmhand can be held liable for a tractor accident if they willingly performed an unsafe task.
Counter-claims and out-of-court settlement offers are intended to limit the compensation paid to the victim. Because of this, it is vital to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.
Penney & Associates have a history of success in farm injury cases
A Stockton tractor accident is not a small issue for the victims, their survivors, or the people who employ them. The cost of recovery from such an accident can be high. You could be left unable to work and provide for your family. A hospital stay can leave you or your family with a massive bill.
You should demand the best settlement possible. Penney & Associates has experienced, aggressive attorneys who have taken on companies who were not willing to pay the plaintiffs the fair compensation they deserve. The result? We’ve won.
If you are a Stockton tractor accident victim, or are family of a deceased victim of such a tragedy, do not hesitate! Contact Penney & Associates for a free consultation. We are here to help you fight for fair compensation.