If you need to make an agricultural worker accident claim, you can call us at Accident Advice Helpline for no cost, no obligation advice. In most situations, we will be able to let you know straight away if a claim is possible, and often we will be able to tell you roughly how much compensation you could be eligible for. Our lines are open every day of the year and all night too, so you can call whenever it’s convenient. If you decide to appoint us to represent you, and we think you have a valid case, we will allocate one of our specialist solicitors to you so that you have the best possible chance of winning your case.
Agricultural worker accidents
A shocking 16% of all workplace accidents occur in the agricultural sector, although it accounts for only 2% of workers. This is partly because of the attitude of some employers and partly because there are so many things that can go wrong, including the following:
- Kicks and crushing injuries caused by animals.
- Poisonous fumes from slurry.
- Organophosphate poisoning from sheep dip and crop treatments.
- Cuts and crushing injuries from machinery.
- Vibration damage from working on agricultural vehicles.
- Electrical injuries from overhead power lines
Most agricultural worker accident claims must be made within three years. Exceptions can sometimes be arranged where problems have taken a longer period to show up, as is sometimes the case with poisoning. In either case, you will need to see a doctor as soon as possible after you realise something is wrong. This is important for health reasons, even if you feel well, and doing so is essential if your claim is to be successful.
Despite the inherent dangers in agricultural work, there is no reason why the accident rate should be as high as it is. There are lots of health and safety rules in place to keep agricultural workers safe. If your employer has ignored these or if you’ve been inadequately trained to do a job, or if you have been given substandard equipment, you could have a strong claim. The same applies if you were told to undertake a task that you were clearly not physically capable of. Remember, you do not give up any of your rights and should not be afraid of losing your job if you co-operate and make a claim.
Even if you are self-employed, there are situations in which you may be able to claim. Just give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and we will work it out for you.
‘No win. no fee*’ for an agricultural worker accident claim
Often, people are put off taking legal action because they do not think they could afford to lose, or are worried about having to pay upfront fees. That is where Accident Advice Helpline can be useful. We take on all our cases using a ‘no win, no fee*’* system, so you do not need lots of money to start your case and you can be all the more confident that we will work hard to ensure your claim succeeds.
Date Published: May 30, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident at work claim