Landscape gardening is a skilled job that requires an eye for design as well as the physical ability to sculpt a garden into something magnificent, and landscape gardeners could find themselves working on large-scale commercial projects as well as domestic gardens.
Most gardeners use a variety of tools and equipment on a daily basis, many of which can be hazardous and could cause injuries. But the good news is that injured landscape gardeners could make a claim for personal injury compensation, whether you are an employee or self-employed contractor.
Accident Advice Helpline offers a 100% no win, no fee service, so even if you find yourself struggling financially after your accident at work, you can still afford to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
What sort of injuries could gardeners sustain?
Injured landscape gardeners could suffer any of the following injuries:
- Cuts/lacerations from sharp garden tools or lawnmower blades
- Broken bones after a fall from height or falling off a ride-on mower
- Skin rashes or irritation from poisonous plants
- Respiratory illness from pesticides and fertiliser
- Electrocution from faulty equipment such as a mower or leaf blower
- Manual handling injuries from lifting heavy equipment or materials such as bags of sand, stones or compost
- Burns or heat exhaustion from sun exposure
- Hearing loss from noisy equipment
- HAVS from working with vibrating power tools for extended periods of time
- Cancer or other long-term conditions/diseases from hazardous chemicals
Whether you work as an employee or a self-employed contractor, you could find you’re able to claim personal injury compensation if the person or company you work for has put you at risk.
For example, if they haven’t provided you with training you need to carry out your job safely or if you have been given faulty tools and equipment which has caused your accident, you could make a claim.
Next steps to claiming
Whether you have suffered broken bones or a serious, life-threatening condition after an accident whilst working as a landscape gardener, you’ll need to contact Accident Advice Helpline within three years of your accident if you want to make a claim for compensation.
We’ll sometimes liaise with your GP or hospital staff to get medical reports on your injuries and use this as the basis for working out your personal injury settlement.
You can call us day or night on our freephone helpline 0800 689 0500, to find out more about our services and get confidential, no-obligation advice.
We believe you deserve to be compensated if you have been injured and somebody else is to blame, so get in touch with us today.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton