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Agricultural work accidents

Farming and agriculture are an important part of the economy of North Carolina. Although this work is vital, it can sometimes be dangerous. Every day, approximately 167 farm workers suffer an injury that causes them to miss time from work. These kinds of injuries are serious and may lead to workers' compensation claims on behalf of the injured workers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were nearly 2 million full-time agricultural workers in the U.S. in 2012. In that same year, there were approximately 20 work-related deaths for every 100,000 farm workers. One of the primary causes of work-related deaths and injuries for adult and youth farm workers is tractor accidents. Overturned tractors were responsible for the majority of these deaths and injuries.

Many of the nation's farm workers are young people. The CDC reports that nearly half a million young people under the age of 20 engaged in farm work in 2012. An average of 113 farm workers in this age group died from work-related injuries from 1995 to 2002. North Carolina farm workers who are injured on the job may be able to file a claim for workers' compensation. This compensation is intended to pay for the medical costs associated with recovering from a work-related injury. Because injuries that occur while on the job may be severe, the payments provided by workers' compensation can be substantial.

An attorney may be able to help a client file a workers' compensation claim expediently and ensure that they get the maximum benefits. Filing a claim quickly is a very important part of this process.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Agriculture Safety", December 08, 2014

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