Fishing is part of Britain’s agriculture sector and is one of the country’s most high-risk industries. Given the nature of this work, accidents are a regular occurrence. If you have been a victim of an accident that was not your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you can make a fishing accident claim.
Fishing industry accidents
The latest annual report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) reveals the following figures for the past year:
- The UK had 5,834 registered fishing vessels;
- A total of 260 accidents were reported;
- Of the 260 accidents, six were fatalities; and
- Nine fishing vessels were reported lost.
UK law dictates that employers are required to take all reasonable steps to make sure that their workers are safe in their occupation. An example of an accident that was caused due to carelessness on the part of the employer occurred recently in Scarborough. A contractor broke his back in three places and sustained nerve damage to his face after the owner of the boat he was contracted to work on failed to provide him with a safe ladder to use.
What if I was injured in a fishing accident?
There are several factors that need to be considered if you are thinking about making a fishing accident claim. Accident Advice Helpline will discuss all the details with you and we will be able to assess whether you are entitled to make a compensation claim.
You will need to have received some medical attention after your accident, and though it is generally not your priority at the time of an accident, it is important that you recall if there were any witnesses. It is also important that you get in touch with a solicitor as soon as possible after the accident. As a general rule, compensation claims can only be made within three years of the accident happening. This rule does not apply to work-related illnesses that may only show up years after exposure to the harmful substance that caused them.Open Claim Calculator
Will I be making my employer pay?
A lot of people who have been injured in fishing accidents are concerned that they will get into trouble if they claim compensation. Indemnity insurance is compulsory for all UK companies, which means that any settlement due to you will be paid out by the insurance company and not by your employer. Make sure that your witnesses are aware of this.
How do I make a fishing accident claim?
For the most accurate advice on how to make a fishing accident claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now. Our expertly-trained staff manning our 24-hour free legal helpline will tell you exactly what information we need from you and how the process of making a compensation claim will work. You will not need to pay anything to start the claim, as all of our solicitors work on a 100% no win no fee basis.
If you want an idea of how much compensation you might be entitled to receive, you can also try our quick test at the top of the page. It only takes 30 seconds to find out how much your fishing accident claim could be worth.