As a place of work, a farm can be particularly dangerous and there are many potentially dangerous scenarios that can warrant a personal injury claim. If someone finds himself or herself asking the question, ‘Can I claim for an accident on a farm?’ the answer is usually ‘yes’. There is a lot of heavy machinery used on a farm, and it needs regular maintenance to stay in tip-top working condition and safe for use. Statistics show that agriculture and farm work are some of the most dangerous jobs in the UK, which increases the likelihood that a person will suffer an accident or injury when they are involved in this type of work.
At Accident Advice Helpline we understand that farm accidents can be extremely serious. The working environment has many potential hazards and an accident that is the fault of someone else can arise from a number of situations. Farm machinery, such as tractors, combine harvesters, diggers and fork lifts should be manned by a person who has had sufficient training, and all vehicles should be maintained to a safe standard.
Working with livestock can also be hazardous, and accidents involving dangerous livestock are common in a farm environment. There is also a great deal of working at height on farms, which increases the possibility of a fall or being hit by objects that have fallen from a height.
Farmer’s lung is a respiratory disease that is caused from inhaling the dust spores released by mouldy hay. It can also be caused by inhaling dust from any moulded crops, including grain, straw or corn.
Various types of tools are used on a farm, and the noise from regular use of certain tools can cause problems with a person’s hearing. The vibration of heavy tools is also a cause for some farm workers to need to claim for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), which can seriously affect the ability to work effectively.
The financial implications of serious injury include the cost of treatment, and sometimes this can be an on-going cost as long-term treatment is regularly required. As well as costs for treatment there are expenses for travel to and from the many potential treatment centres and hospitals, and in some cases counselling is required. The recovery period necessitates time off work, meaning that the loss of earnings also needs to be considered. Accident Advice Helpline’s team of specialist lawyers understand the short- and long-term effects of accidents at work and will leave no stone unturned in the process of making a claim for compensation.
For in-depth information regarding the personal injury claim process, contact our 24-hour, 7 days a week helpline on 0800 689 0500, which is manned by our friendly and helpful staff who offer free legal advice to anyone who has a query regarding their claim. All claims are accepted as a no win, no fee claim for compensation, and no money is required in order to initiate the claims process.
Date Published: February 9, 2014
Author: David Brown