Anhydrous ammonia is a valuable, low cost form of a fertilizer that is mainly used in agriculture, stored as a liquid in high-pressure tanks on farms and agriculture retailers.
In Iowa, the use of dual tanks has vastly grown on farms. Normally, valves on nurse tanks are designed strictly for a single nurse tank and not the dual system. An occurrence of a sudden break in the anhydrous ammonia hose may occur if the valve has not been properly adjusted or replaced to the dual system. In this situation, the emergency shutoff would be disabled causing anhydrous ammonia to spew from the tank.
The Beattie Law Firm is experienced when it comes to representing clients who were victimized by accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia.
In 2006 the Beattie Law Firm represented a case against the anhydrous manufacturer. Manufacturers failed to warn users that the containers of anhydrous needed to be periodically checked to ensure they could safely hold anhydrous. The men came to a settlement with anhydrous manufacturers before trial but went to trial against the tank manufacturer and propane trainer. After a three-week trial, the jury came to a verdict against the defendants in excess of $10 million.
More recently, we represented the Estate of an Iowa farmer and his son in a case where both were exposed to anhydrous ammonia. The father was killed when a leak occurred when he was spreading anhydrous on the field. The son exposed himself to the anhydrous when he attempted to pull his father out of the cab of the tractor.
Following the incident, The Beattie Law Firm was able to gather notable experts in the industry to help with investigate the claim for the clients. Succeeding the confidential investigation, a settlement agreement was reached between the supplier of the anhydrous ammonia and related equipment.
The Beattie Law Firm works diligently when dealing with anhydrous ammonia cases. Rest assured, our clients will receive the compensation they deserve.