If you’re thinking of making a farming accident claim, your first move should normally be to seek advice about your legal situation. At Accident Advice Helpline, we can provide you with an initial consultation free. All you have to do is call us, and you won’t have any obligations as a result. Our telephone advisors are highly trained and take the sensitive approach you’d expect in people used to dealing with accident victims. If you tell them about what happened to you and answer a few simple questions, they’ll usually be able to tell you straight away what your options are.
Common types of farming accident claim
Our advisors are good at helping with these types of claims because they deal with them often. Almost a fifth of all workplace accidents happen on farms, and they include the following:
- Cuts, bruises, broken bones and crushing injuries from accidents involving farm machinery.
- Chemical burns caused by pesticide or other noxious substances.
- Respiratory problems caused by exposure to agricultural chemicals.
- Injuries caused by farm animals.
Obviously there is no way to make working on a farm 100% safe, that is why there are rules and regulations in place designed to give you some protection. If you are employed on a farm, on a full-time or temporary basis, your employer has to make sure you’re suitably skilled and have the right protective gear to do each task given to you as safely as possible. If this doesn’t happen, or if you’re injured because of someone else’s carelessness, your employer could be liable.
If you own your own farm, there are still circumstances in which you could make a farming accident claim – for instance, if you were injured by faulty equipment which you were recently assured was safe by a seller or mechanic. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, just call our team for advice.
How to go about claiming
If you’ve made up your mind that you want to make a farming accident claim and our advisors assure you that you’re in a position to do so, how should you proceed? You might be able to find a solicitor locally, but this can be a lengthy process. If you choose to claim with us at Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll normally be able to find you a skilled workplace accident solicitor within just a few days, and there will be no big up-front fees to pay. We work on a no win, no fee* basis, making it much easier for ordinary working people to get the help they need.
If we take on your farming accident claim, you’ll need to have an initial telephone chat with your solicitor to explain exactly what happened to you, and, if you’re well enough, you may be asked to help collect evidence. Beyond this, however, we’ll take care of everything.
To find out if you could make a farming accident claim, don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile).
Date Published: October 2, 2015
Author: Lee Tadd