An 8-year-old boy was left in critical condition after getting crushed under a heavy piece of farming equipment at the Empire Farm Days farm show in Seneca County, New York, reported CNYCentral.com (8.7.14)
According to the article, a vendor was demonstrating how to use a hoof-trimming machine when the machine was accidentally lowered. The boy, who had gotten under the machine, was caught and suffered head injuries. A hoof-trimming machine can weigh nearly two-and-a-half tons.
Syracuse.com reported that there “was no barrier or other protection between the machinery and the bystanders.” This could be a determining factor.
Precisely who was at fault for the boy’s injuries will depend on the circumstances of the accident. If the boy’s family is represented by a lawyer, then they should expect their lawyer to investigate the case, discover all potential at-fault parties and help determine the liability for injuries sustained in the accident.
The large majority of injury claims arise because one or more parties acted negligently. For negligence to be established, the plaintiff must be able to prove that there was a duty of care, that this duty was breached and that this breach caused the injury.When a person is seriously injured because another person or company failed to do something correctly, there may be a case. One core principle involved in the idea of negligence is that someone should have done something, and didn’t and that failure to act resulted in injuries.
The amount and kind of compensation a person may receive differs from case to case depending on the circumstances. Typically, however, a victim may receive compensation for past and future lost wages, past and future medical expenses and therapeutic treatment or long-term care.
Empire Farm Days is the largest agricultural trade show in the northeast, drawing more than 65,000 people each year.
The CNYCentral News story cited is “Boy critical after accident at Farm Days in Seneca Falls.”