Charleston Farm Accident Lawyers
If You Were Hurt While Working on a Farm, Let Us Help You Find Justice
Agriculture is one of the most dangerous fields to work in. Though our country relies on farmland and the food it produces, workers who are injured on the job often struggle to find the help they need. Our team at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm represents farm workers throughout Illinois in their fight for fair compensation.
Every worker in America is protected by the law. Even if you are not covered by workers’ compensation insurance (and most farm workers are), you may still be eligible to file a claim against a negligent third party. Our attorneys can evaluate your case in a free consultation and let you know what your legal rights and options are. You should know your employer may not fully inform you about your opportunities to have expenses reimbursed. We encourage you to speak to an attorney no matter the cause of your accident to see what help is available.
Call The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm at (217) 394-5885 to schedule a free consultation with one of our local attorneys. We offer compassionate support to the victims of farming accidents throughout Central Illinois.
When Can I Recover Compensation After a Farming Accident?
Between the intense labor required for farm work and the abundance of heavy machinery, there are many opportunities for serious work accidents. You might be able to recover compensation if you were:
- Sent to the hospital for heat stress
- In an accident involving farming equipment
- Hurt by a piece of malfunctioning machinery
- Injured due to a repetitive motion or repetitive stress
- Exposed to toxic chemicals
- Injured by a falling object
- Hurt while working in or around a silo
- Caught in a fire or explosion
After evaluating your case, our Charleston farm accident attorneys can help you determine whether to file a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. No matter what, we want to help you maximize your settlement, so you can receive the treatment you need and support yourself and your loved ones during your recovery.
Workers’ Comp vs. Third-Party Liability
Most employees in Illinois have workers’ compensation coverage through their employer. This insurance allows those injured on the job to recover compensation for medical bills, a percentage of missed wages, and long-term effects like lasting disability. Workers’ compensation also covers accidents no matter who was to blame—meaning even if you or a coworker made a mistake that caused your injury, you can still receive financial assistance.
However, it can also be worth looking into whether a third party was liable because injury victims are able to recover a broader range of damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Unlike a workers’ compensation claim, personal injury suits cover 100% of lost wages (with no cap) as well as non-tangible damages like pain and suffering. While you usually cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer, there are exceptions and you may be eligible to bring this type of claim if an accident was caused by:
- An employee of another company (for example, a delivery driver)
- A negligent equipment manufacturer
- The maintenance company that failed to keep your equipment in working condition
- A company that sold toxic chemicals without proper warnings
After hearing your story, our team will investigate your accident to determine whether a third party may have been involved. Even if it takes hard work to find the evidence you need, we are ready to put in the effort.
We Handle Catastrophic Farm Accident Claims in Coles County & Central Illinois
Agricultural equipment can unfortunately cause very serious injuries, including:
- Loss of digits or limbs
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
Such injuries are likely to have permanent effects on a worker’s life. They may preclude them from ever returning to their job, lead to ongoing complications, and necessitate assistive devices or daily care. In these cases, recovering fair compensation is essential. Your entire life will change—and without a financial safety net, you may struggle to support yourself and receive the care you need.
Our attorneys in Coles County know how to handle these complex cases. We understand the nuances of serious diagnoses and can accurately speak on the impact catastrophic injuries are likely to have on victims. Our Charleston farm accident lawyers also have a network of outside experts and professionals who can help with everything from laying out a sample life-care plan to help us pinpoint every cost associated with an injury to testifying on your behalf in court. After a severe and life-changing injury, it’s important to get quality legal advocates on your side. Ask us for more information if you or a loved one were catastrophically injured while working on a farm in Central Illinois.
A Trusted Legal Team Fighting for You
The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm has over 100 years of combined legal experience, and our lawyers are trusted by clients and professionals alike. We are often the team others turn to when they need help handling a complex or high-stakes case. Our reputation for quality work has made us the go-to firm for legal issues that require hard work, dedication, and significant resources to solve.
That’s because solving your problems is what we do. Our lawyers get to know each client individually, then set realistic goals based on the circumstances of their claim and what they hope to achieve. Once we know what we’re aiming for, we get to work. Our lawyers are dedicated to seeing each case we take through to the end, even if that means litigating your matter. Once we get started with a client, we do everything in our power to help them find the resolution they are looking for.