Working on a farm can be dangerous – in fact, the agricultural industry is considered to be the most dangerous industry in the UK. But that doesn’t mean that serious farm accidents are inevitable. It simply means that farm owners need to put in place more health and safety measures to protect workers and reduce the risk of serious farm accidents occurring.
When you consider the type of work being carried out on a farm on a daily basis, it’s easy to see how an accident could occur:
- You could be injured whilst working with livestock
- Workers could drown or be injured in a slurry pit fall
- Accidents involving tractors or combine harvesters are not uncommon
- You could be exposed to toxic substances, such as pesticides
- Repetitive stress injuries from constantly bending or stretching could cause long-term damage to your neck, back, shoulders or other body parts
There are plenty of hazards to look out for on a farm, but ultimately it’s your employer’s duty to ensure that their farm is a safe place to work. If you have been injured and you feel that your employer is to blame, get in touch with us and we’ll be able to tell you if you have a viable personal injury claim. Or take the 30-second test on our website to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to.
How much could you claim?
There’s no hard-and-fast rule that says how much compensation you’re entitled to, but here at Accident Advice Helpline we will take a number of factors into consideration when working out your settlement:
- The extent of your injuries and their impact on your life
- Your pain and suffering
- Any financial losses such as the cost of medical treatment or loss of earnings
- Settlements for similar cases from the past
There have been no shortage of farm accident compensation claims in the past, so we’ll refer to similar cases to assess how much compensation you could receive. Of course, if you have been left permanently disabled or seriously injured, you can expect a substantial settlement if your claim is successful.
The next step
The next step when it comes to making a claim is to contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. We’ll ask you some questions about your accident and injuries and gather evidence in support of your claim that could help you get the compensation you deserve. If your accident wasn’t your fault, you have every right to claim compensation for your pain and suffering and we’re here to help you.
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen