Bees are beautiful, good-natured creatures that are essential to our environment. They will not usually sting you as this will cause them to die. Nevertheless when they do, the results can be painful and debilitating. If you have an allergy the consequences can be even worse. This is why you may want to file a bee sting accident claim with a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert lawyers are waiting to help you claim the full amount of compensation due to you. To get a general idea of the amount you may be entitled to, you can use our 30-second online compensation claim calculator. You can also call our free 24-hour helpline to speak to one of our friendly, professional advisors.
How to avoid bee stings
As mentioned above, bees will not go out of their way to sting you – so if you see a bee hovering nearby, the best thing to do is to keep calm. Sudden movements, such as waving your arms or attempting to hit it with a rolled-up newspaper are most likely to startle the bee and encourage it to sting you. Instead, keep still or slowly walk away.
Bees are also attracted to strong scents and sweet substances like sugary drinks. Avoid taking these outdoors during the summer months, especially if you have an allergy. If you are keeping bees, make sure to wear the correct protective clothing, and keep your face and hands covered at all times. It is also your responsibility to minimise the risk of bee stings to the public. If you are allowing visitors or guided tours to your apiary, then you should take all appropriate precautions to ensure public safety, or you could be liable for a compensation claim.
Making a claim
For a bee sting accident claim to be successful, you must be able to prove that a third party was negligent or at fault, leading directly to the bee sting. The claim is for the situation that allowed or encouraged the sting to happen, not for the sting itself. This could be due to a neglectful beekeeper, faulty bee-keeping equipment, or lax precautions on a guided apiary tour.
If you have good reason to think that your bee sting accident was due to negligence or faulty equipment, then you should call Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible. Our helpful, experienced advisors will assess your claim and judge whether it is likely to be successful. If you choose to proceed, our expert lawyers will build the best case based on the evidence that you can provide.
Statements from people who witnessed the accident should mention the fault or oversight that led to the sting, as this is the basis of your claim. Photographs of the affected area, the location the accident occurred in and any faulty equipment or clothing are also useful resources. Although not all bee stings are grounds for a compensation claim, we will not advise you to pursue your claim unless we think you stand a good chance of winning. This is because all of our lawyers work on a strict no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: October 19, 2014
Author: David Brown