We all know work can be hard and takes a toll on the body and mind, but it shouldn’t take your life. The good news is that farming fatalities in Indiana have declined from twenty-three in 2010 to sixteen in 2011. Overall in 2011, 122 Hoosier men and women died in workplace accidents. In Indiana, wrongful death is determined by whether or not the death was caused by an action or inaction on the part of a company or individual. And in many of these workplace accidents, the deaths could be considered wrongful.
Reading the Purdue University report, we felt clear progress was being made in the reduction of agricultural deaths, especially the fact that no one under the age of 18 died in a farming accident in 2011. Yet the 16 deaths represented 13% of the workplace deaths in Indiana in that year, while agricultural jobs represent only about 1% of the workforce. These are pretty scary numbers when you really think about it.
Most jobs have inspections and safety concerns that are covered by a variety of local, state, and federal organizations and ordinances are designed to prevent workplace accidents. Yet it is clear that regardless of the safeguards designed, they must be followed in order to be successful. When employers or employees act in such a way that another worker is injured or killed then that is considered a ‘wrongful death’.
It has been our experience that when a worker is injured or killed on the job, it is not uncommon to find that there were safeguards designed to prevent the workplace accident and the safeguards were not being followed or malfunctioned.
So we applaud the many progressive steps taken by not only our agricultural industry but by the many diverse and unique businesses that we see throughout the entire state of Indiana as they work to reduce workplace accidents. Keep in mind that Indiana has built into its legal code a protection for injured workers and the families of deceased workers.
Indianapolis Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured or has died as a result of a workplace injury in Indiana you may be entitled to benefits that will cover all medical bills, lost time at work, pain and suffering, and lost future income. But in order to ensure that you are treated fairly, we encourage you to consult with an experienced work accident attorney who understands the ins and outs of the civil and criminal court systems.
The Indianapolis attorneys at the Ken Nunn Law Office are experience and are ready to assist you in your time of need. For a free review of your case please contact us today.
Source. Indianapolis Business Journal, ‘http://www.ibj.com/farm-fatalities-fall-in-indiana-no-children-die/PARAMS/article/37789,’ November 8, 2012.