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In Hertford 18-year-old Keith Cotton of Tunis died from a tragic accident in a tobacco field. The teenager was killed in the accident on Thursday near Harrellsville in Hertford County, N.C. according to the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald.

The paper says Keith Cotton was trying to clear tobacco jammed in the harvester. While attempting to clean the harvester his shirt got caught in the machinery which caused his unfortunate death. The local sheriff says the 18-year-old had been killed from his injuries in the field.

The sadness about the loss of a man so young can be devastating. Unfourtunate deaths like these can sometimes be prevented though. The young man’s death may have been because of faulty machinery that he was working with.

It is important to be aware that when working with heavy machinery and farming equipment that it’s possible that break down of parts can cause accidents. Also in some cases the machinery could be in need of repair. If owner of the equipment was at fault in failing to keep in good repair and that caused the death the can be held responsible.

The maker or seller of the machine could be held liable if the device was designed or made in an unreasonable way making it unsafe. Most industrial equipment has a kill switch that turns it off if something gets caught in the works or has warnings or guards to stop a person from getting killed using it in the normal way.

As an injury lawyer who helps families when a husband, son, or brother is killed in an accident, I hope that this family gets help if the accident was someone else’s fault. I truly understand how sad this time can be. It is extremely crucial that you seek legal counsel when such a devatating situation like this happens. If you find yourself facing a similar catastropy from an accident through no fault of your own I am glad to help in any way that I can.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), with an office also in Elizabeth City, in Northeast North Carolina (NC), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our Carolina injur law website is:, the firm edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a YouTube injury law video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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