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    Can I claim for an accident I had when cutting a hedge?


    If you have recently sustained serious injuries involving dangerous machinery, you may be asking yourself, ‘Can I claim for an accident I had when cutting a hedge?’ Hedge trimming and cutting should not be undertaken by anyone without sufficient training and protective equipment. If you were forced to use a defective trimmer, then a third party could be to blame for your injuries. All personal injury cases are different, so call us from a landline on 0800 689 0500 to see whether you are eligible to make a claim. There are no risks due to our no win, no fee* policy.

    About Accident Advice Helpline

    Accident Advice Helpline deals with over 25,000 personal injury enquiries a month and helps our clients to secure compensation amounting to over £30 million on an annual basis. We have earned our reputation as a market leader in the UK by focusing on customer satisfaction through our efficient and professional services. There is no one better to make a claim on your behalf. We have a team of expert solicitors specialised in a range of personal injuries so you always get the best advice and legal representation. We pride ourselves on fast payouts and free advice.

    Hedge cutting claim

    Cutting the cable on a hedge trimmer is the most common accident involving gardeners and other landscaping workers. This can cause severe electric shock if a plug-in residual current device is not used. Employers must uphold a standard duty of care to their employees, so they may be liable if they did not provide you with an RCD, failed to tell you about the dangers of using a trimmer without one, or did not supply you with PPE (personal protective equipment). Your employer must also have given you proper training before you used a hedge trimmer or cutter.

    The severity of hedge cutting injuries can range from minor lacerations to serious wounds, amputations, and fatalities. This is because accidents often involve contact with very sharp cutting heads and other parts ejected from the machine. Long-term and other permanent injuries can have a substantial impact on your everyday life. If someone was to blame for those injuries then they should pay in some way. A claim will ensure that you get a monetary sum as a means of compensation for the injuries you sustained. The claim will cover normal damages such as out-of-pocket expenses and special damages relating to medical bills and loss of future income.

    There are other injuries that you may have sustained apart from those related to machinery. For example you may have fallen from a height while cutting a hedge and subsequently broken a leg or suffered a concussion. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 aims to protect those that have to work on ladders or on tall structures, so a third party could be liable if they did not take this into account and you were injured. Alternatively, you may have suffered a back injury after attempting to pick up heavy equipment used for hedge cutting.

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    Date Published: November 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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