Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the UK, and if you’ve been injured in a farming accident, you’re not alone. Working in such a dangerous environment puts you at increased risk of accidents, but there are precautions you and your employer can take to prevent you from being injured at work. In case you’re wondering what some of the common causes of farm accidents are, we have a few to share with you, based on over 15 years’ experience handling personal injury claims for customers across the UK.
What types of accidents could happen on farms?
Common causes of farm accidents could include:
- Silo accidents
- Being bitten, kicked or trampled by an animal
- Being hit or run over by a tractor or combine harvester
- Being injured in an tractor or combine rollover accident
- Disease outbreak amongst animals
- Burns or respiratory conditions from hazardous chemical spills
- Slipping on wet ground
- Heat exhaustion or pneumonia from exposure to extreme weather
- Repetitive strain injury from working without breaks
If you’ve been injured in an agricultural accident, you may suffer life-changing injuries. For example, if you’re run over by a combine harvester, you could suffer a head injury, crush injuries and serious lacerations. These could prevent you from turning to work and may even impact the rest of your life. A brain injury can affect your mood and behaviour, and you may need care to live your life to the full. As you can imagine, adapting your home and hiring a carer will cost money. So if someone you love has been injured in this way, making a claim for personal injury compensation is a good idea.
Claiming compensation for an agricultural accident
However you have been injured on a farm, you could claim compensation with Accident Advice Helpline. Common causes of farm accidents can be avoided if health and safety precautions are taken, reducing your risk of being injured in an accident. So if you’ve been hurt and you feel somebody else is to blame, get in touch with us by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500. Our helpline is open 24/7 and if you need confidential advice or have any questions about the personal injury claims process, just give us a call today.
There’s no pressure to proceed with a claim, as we recognise everybody’s circumstances are different, but if you do decide to go ahead with a claim, you’ll find our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis.
Date Published: May 12, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton