We are sometimes asked the question, ‘Can I claim for an accident at an allotment?’ The answer is yes, often you will be able to, as long as it was not your fault, it happened in the last three years and a doctor treated you soon afterwards.
Typical allotment accidents
The sort of allotment accidents we deal with frequently include the following:
- Injuries resulting from having to clear up after fly tipping.
- Injuries caused by fencing put up by the users of neighbouring allotments.
- Chemical injuries caused by fertilisers or pesticides used on neighbouring allotments.
- Injuries caused by faults in new or recently purchased tools.
An allotment should be a place where you can relax and set aside your cares, so accidents like these can be quite distressing. Our highly trained advisers are used to this and will always be sympathetic and patient. They will let you know your options so that you can decide whether you want to claim compensation.
What claiming involves
If you decide that you would like to claim for an accident at an allotment, we can help. At Accident Advice Helpline we provide more than just information – we can introduce you to one of our expert solicitors, who work on a no win, no fee basis to deal with claims just like yours. They can handle all the formalities for you and give you the best possible chance of making a successful claim.
If there were any witnesses to your accident, it will be helpful if you can pass on their contact details to your solicitor. If all you know are the addresses of their allotments, that could still be helpful.
If you have clearly visible injuries, taking pictures of them can help your case. It is also useful, if you feel up to it, to get pictures of the exact place where your accident happened and of any materials (such as broken tools or discarded waste) that may have been involved.
Processing your claim
Once evidence has been gathered, your solicitor will take your compensation claim forward. You will be updated with what is happening by phone and consulted before any big decisions are made, so you will be in control of the process without always having to worry about it.
Sometimes we are offered out of court settlements so everybody can save on legal costs. If this happens, we will discuss it with you and let you know how we think the offer made compares to what you could get in court. We will always aim to help you get the best possible compensation package to help you recover.
Calling our landline number on 0800 689 0500 is completely free of charge and we will not bother you with lots of follow-up calls; how you choose to proceed after receiving our advice will be completely up to you.
Date Published: February 9, 2015
Author: David Brown