Agricultural work involves physical labor and often long hours performing repetitive tasks. Throughout your career, you may sustain an injury resulting from the physical nature of the job. When this happens, you may worry about how you can support your family while you’re hurt or whether you will even be able to return to the job if you have sustained a serious injury.
If your injury happened at work, you might be eligible to receive agricultural workers’ compensation, which will cover some of your lost wages and medical bills.
What Is Workers’ Compensation for Farm Workers?
Employers are required to provide workers’ compensation for agricultural workers who meet certain standards. For instance, if you work fewer than 30 days per year or do not make more than $1200 per year, you are not covered under farm workers’ compensation. But, many other workers do qualify under Pennsylvania law.
Since these laws can be so complicated, you may assume you are not eligible for farm workers’ compensation. Or, your employer may have misclassified you and denied your initial claim. If this is the case, you could miss out on money that should be yours. An experienced lawyer can help you appeal a decision or figure out whether you are covered by workers’ compensation.
What Types of Injuries Are Common for Farm Workers?
Many injuries on the farm come from faulty equipment or negligence on the part of the equipment operator. Some of the most common occurrences include:
- Entanglements in a Farm Machine: Augers, PTO shafts and more can cause serious injury
- Falls From Farm Structures: You can be seriously hurt if you tumble from a grain bin, ladder, loft of a barn, haymow or other farm structure
- Tractor Overturns: Farm workers can become trapped if a tractor rolls over
Speak to an Experienced Agricultural Workers’ Comp Attorney About Your Case
Many people who get injured on the job become anxious, stressed or depressed. They worry about their future and what this injury could mean for their job security or how they can pay their bills. They need someone who can advise them during a difficult period.
To receive the money you’re entitled to, you need a knowledgeable lawyer who will fight for your rights. The team at Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., has been assisting farm workers just like you for years. Our Central PA law firm only handles workers’ compensation cases. We understand this area of the law and draw on this background to create proven strategies to get the best results for our client. We offer many advantages to working with us on a case:
- We will travel to you for meetings
- We offer a free initial case evaluation
- We genuinely care about our clients and the outcome of their cases
Even if you have already tried unsuccessfully to get workers’ compensation benefits, sometimes you need an attorney to give the extra push to get results. Let us provide the nudge. Contact us today by calling our office at (717) 695-4722, or fill out our online contact form.