People who work with heavy machinery are always at risk for serious injuries due to the possibility of mechanical errors or malfunctions. 

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident scene where a man was killed by tractor equipment while working on a farm.

Emergency crews frantically respond to scene of farming equipment accident

The incident happened at about 5 pm on a Thursday night at a farm on the 1400 block of Walford Roads, near the Eastern Iowa Airport. Officers on the scene from the county sheriff believe that part of an attachment collapsed and fell from a tractor onto the victim’s head and upper body area. Photos from the scene showed multiple fire and police vehicles on the roads that led up to a barn on the property. 

The victim was a 62 year old man from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was pronounced dead shortly after emergency crews arrived on the scene. The Ely Fire Department also assisted with the accident investigation.  

Accidents and paying damages to a victim

Whenever someone is hurt or killed while working with any kind of automobiles or heavy equipment used for construction or agriculture, it is recommended to file a civil case against the person or business responsible. This is true even if the victim and their family need to file a lawsuit against the employer related to the same accident, or other related matters such as workers compensation claims. 

As a general rule, an injury case can be brought against any employer if the employee was hurt during their job duties. 

An overview of wrongful death cases

Fatal accidents are governed by Iowa’s wrongful death law. This means that even though the victim is no longer available to file a case, certain family members can do so on their behalf. Iowa has a specific set of rules for how a wrongful death action must be filed, just like every other state in the U.S. 

A spouse or children who were financially dependent on the deceased person are usually the ones who will bring the wrongful death action with the help of their lawyer. This is usually done within the first year of the date of the person’s death, as wrongful death lawsuits have a short statute of limitations. The damages available include the person’s future lost earnings and income, medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and the value of other services that they provided to their family. To get a specific figure, it is best to consult with an attorney and tell them about your situation. 

Personal injury attorneys in the Cedar Rapids area

There are lawyers who can speak with you after any kind of accident involving motor vehicles or various other forms of machinery. To get more information, contact:

Eells and Tronvold Law Offices

1921 51st Street NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-2400 

319-393-1020

www.eellsandtronvold.com

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