Texas is home to grasslands, farmlands, and hard-working farmers. As we travel through the countryside, it's common to see tractors on the roads or in the fields. Most people who live in the city don’t think much about tractor-related injuries, but individuals who live in rural areas know these types of injuries far too well.
Tractor Injuries and Deaths Are Often Preventable
According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, “Fatalities from tractors are by far the leading cause of death and serious injury in agriculture in the United States.”
However, tractor-related injuries and deaths aren't inevitable. They may be avoided if:
- Manufacturers design, make, and market safe tractors.
- Tractor operators use due care by maintaining proper speed and being careful on uneven or steep terrain.
Negligence causes a number of tragedies, including:
- Crush injuries
- Trapped under, in, or between machinery incidents
What You May Recover After a Tractor Injury
If your injury or a loved one’s death was caused by a tractor operator, or by negligent design or manufacturing of the tractor, then you have the right to pursue a legal recovery. This may include compensation for all of your unique injuries and losses including, but not limited to, your past and future:
- Medical costs. This includes things such as hospitalizations, doctors’ visits, surgeries, medications, assistive medical devices, and rehabilitation therapies.
- Lost income. If you're unable to work or earn as much as you did prior to sustaining crash injuries, then you may be compensated for lost income.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Funeral costs and other wrongful death expenses should be included in your settlement.
- Pain and suffering. Your physical pain and emotional suffering may be among your most significant damages, so it's important for your legal team to assess them.