An accident on a farm claim is a common one, as farmers and farm workers seek a personal injury claim for working in what is statistically one of the most dangerous working environments in the UK. Although the workforce in farming and agriculture only makes up 1.7% of workers in the UK, the fatal injuries in this line of work is estimated to be 16% of all fatalities in a working environment. The above statistics are shocking and highlight just how dangerous agricultural and farming work can be.
The incidents that are filed for a compensation claim for an accident on a farm vary greatly due to the diverse range of potentially hazardous situations and the range of equipment found in that working environment. Tractors, combine harvesters, fork lifts, and 4×4 vehicles are usually present on a farm and can all be dangerous if the vehicle is not properly maintained and the person operating the vehicle is not fully trained in its use. Some of the machinery used on a farm has potentially lethal components, including blades or transmission belts and, if the machinery is not used by someone with the right training, the machines are not well maintained, and protective attire is not worn, an accident with farming equipment is a real possibility. Livestock can be unpredictable, and dealing with them efficiently takes experience, confidence, and training. Accidents involving livestock are common for farmers and farm workers.
It is possible that a person has to work from a height and has fallen, or that something has fallen from a height onto a person working underneath. The pesticides and chemicals used on a farm could cause chemical burns or breathing problems. Asbestos is used on many old farm buildings, and protective equipment, such as facemasks, must be used when working with such dangerous materials.
Accident Advice Helpline operates a 24-hour, 7 days a week helpline on 0800 689 0500 for anybody who has any queries about a compensation claim. Free legal advice is on hand so that a person can find out their rights and the stages of the claim process can be clarified.
The financial implications of an accident on a farm can go beyond the immediate medical treatment that is needed. It may be that the severity of the injury necessitates long-term treatments that could include counselling, physiotherapy or reconstructive surgeries. Time taken off work for the recovery period can be longer than initially thought, and in some cases the person may not be able to return to work at all. Our specialist lawyers understand that a compensation claim will need to cover all of the above factors and will try to recover the majority of the costs incurred by the incident for our clients.
Accident Advice Helpline’s website is packed with information and advice concerning all types of claims, and there is a short form that enables a person to calculate approximately how much compensation they are entitled to. All claims are taken on a no win, no fee basis and there is no money required in order to initiate a claim.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: February 9, 2014
Author: David Brown