In Illinois and throughout the Midwest, farm accidents can be deadly, life-changing events. One of the most catastrophic is a grain bin explosion. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a grain bin explosion, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
At Clifford Law Offices, we have extensive experience guiding injured clients through the legal process of monetary recovery. Our attorneys are prepared to answer challenging questions as they relate to your case.
Nearly every type of grain bin explosion will have catastrophic results. Injuries from the explosion itself, or from flying metal shrapnel, can be devastating. A knowledgeable lawyer can guide you through the legal process of monetary recovery.
According to national agribusiness statistics, from 2004 to 2011, there were more than 30 reported bin explosions. Without proper ventilation, dangerous dust can build up in a grain bin. An ignition source — a cigarette, farm equipment or a spark from metal contact, for example — causes a pressure wave that ultimately ignites the floating dust particles in the bin. If the ventilation system is faulty or proper procedures are not followed, the resulting explosion can be deadly.
The suddenness and violence of an explosion can have a lasting impact — both physically and mentally. Injuries can include:
Most of these injuries are caused by the shrapnel that explodes outward from the grain bin. In many instances, the impact of the metal can be severe enough to cause death. Injured victims and surviving family members are encouraged to discuss their accident with a personal injury lawyer.
The National Law Journal has recognized our explosion accident lawyers for securing some of the highest verdicts in the country on behalf of grain bin explosion victims. This includes a recent case that senior partner Robert A. Clifford and Kevin P. Durkin tried for a month in federal district court in St. Louis. “We represented two workers who were injured when a grain bin, owned by ConAgra, exploded along the Mississippi River. After 10 hours of deliberation, the jury found in favor of our clients.”
If you have further questions, schedule a free consultation at Clifford Law Offices. We can be reached at (312) 899-9090 or by contacting the firm.