Forestry Worker Injuries
Minnesota has many forests that provide large amounts of timber and other natural resources to industries throughout the state and across the entire country. These forests also require thousands of forestry workers to maintain and harvest those resources. Forestry workers are in constant danger of injuries due to the equipment they use and the often unpredictable nature of their jobs.
At Fields Law Firm, our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Minnesota know that forestry workers like you can suffer life-changing injuries that may leave your future in question. We made it our goal to help people who suffer on-the-job injuries, and when you contact us, you’ll get advice and guidance that can help you get started on the right path. Just dial 1-888-343-5375, or complete our free online form.
Client Success Story
A young man worked for a tree trimming service that specialized in trimming trees on or near utility lines. Much of his time was spent in a bucket truck using heavy machinery and physically climbing tress up to 85 feet tall. He worked with the company for nearly seven years and enjoyed his work until one day a branch fell from a tree and hit him directly in the face while he was looking up. The tree branch knocked out several of the man’s teeth and caused a neck injury and a traumatic brain injury. The man underwent oral surgery and then extensive therapy to treat his injuries.
His workers’ compensation insurer refused to pay for much of the therapy that his doctors prescribed. Thus, the man turned to Fields Law Firm for help. We helped the man bring claims for the recommended medical treatment. Then, when it became clear that the man would not be able to return to the physically demanding tree trimming that he was previously capable of doing, we helped to secure him a large settlement.
Types of Forestry-Related Injuries
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that forestry is a physically demanding and dangerous occupation. Some of the most common injuries in this line of work include:
- Hauling and Traffic Accidents
Many forestry workers suffer injuries not in the forest, but on the road while hauling timber. Workers who drive trucks that are overloaded may be unable to maneuver or steer properly, which can lead to serious accidents.
- Chainsaw and Heavy Equipment Accidents
Chainsaws and other sharp cutting equipment are the tools of the trade for many forestry workers. But if tools are improperly designed or manufactured, or if proper safety equipment or training isn’t provided, workers can suffer serious injuries that can lead to severe blood loss, amputation of limbs, and even death.
- Falling Tree Accidents and Crushing Injuries
Forestry crews can cut down hundreds of trees in a single day. When supervisors and other crew members fail to follow safety protocols, trees may fall directly in the path of workers, causing life-threatening injuries and possibly death.
No matter what type of forestry injury you or your loved one suffered, you can count on our Minnesota workers’ compensation law firm to be there for you every step of the way. Everything you discuss with us is private and confidential, so your employer doesn’t have to know you contacted us. Give us a call 24/7 – we’re here to help.