Agricultural / Farming Related

Tractors, combines, grain handling equipment, and other agricultural machinery and processes can be dangerous. Agricultural injuries are all too common in Iowa and other farm states.

When someone has been injured in an agricultural accident, it is important to talk to a lawyer who understands the mechanics of the equipment, and who knows the industry and how things are supposed to work. Agricultural incidents of all types, including dust explosions, auger accidents, and anhydrous release, can lead to injured workers. Their families often come to our law firm because they know of our extensive experience with agricultural accidents and of our reputation for success in prosecuting these cases on behalf of our client.

Our personal injury lawyers know the right questions to ask and the right experts to consult to get to the truth of why an agricultural accident happened. We use our education and experience to understand the engineering principles and the mechanics of defective machinery.

Grain Dust Explosions

Dust explosions can result in death, serious injury, and significant property damage. Certain industries necessarily generate dust as a byproduct of the processes that they run. For instance, grain elevators in the Midwest and elsewhere are prone to grain dust explosions due to the concentration of grain dust in the process.

Beattie Law Firm has handled numerous lawsuits stemming from grain dust explosions in the grain handling industry. We are familiar with the NFPA, OSHA, and other standards, and have retained some of the leading experts in the area in support of our litigation.

We strive for safety in the grain handling industry. We advocate for safe practices in the grain handling industry. This includes everything from the design and construction of facilities, hazard monitoring of systems, and operation and maintenance of systems.

According to OSHA statistics, over the last 35 years, there have been over 500 explosions in grain handling facilities across the United States, with more than 180 deaths and 675 injuries. Grain dust is highly combustible, and ignition of grain dust is likely to result in catastrophic losses.

We investigate the cause of the grain dust explosion and hold those responsible accountable for their role in the loss. Was there mechanical equipment failure? Did the hazard monitoring system work as intended?

Anhydrous Ammonia

Exposure to anhydrous ammonia can result in death, burns, and other serious injuries. In the Midwest, anhydrous ammonia is used as a fertilizer for many large and small farming operations. Sometimes business practices result in unsafe practices, and anhydrous ammonia leaks occur. We at Beattie Law Firm have handled numerous anhydrous ammonia related cases.

As you may know, anhydrous ammonia is a colorless gas. When leaked, it has a suffocating odor, and it will seek out liquid. When leaked around an individual, anhydrous ammonia will be attracted to eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. This can cause serious injury or death to anyone who is exposed to fugitive anhydrous ammonia.

We strive for safety in the anhydrous ammonia industry. We advocate for safe practices in the handling of anhydrous ammonia, whether that is at the filling station or on the farm.