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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Forestry fatal injury claims

    Forestry fatal injury claims account for a significant percentage of the compensation claims we deal with at Accident Advice Helpline.

    The forestry industry is rated as one of the industries with the highest workplace fatalities in the UK. An employee in the forestry industry has to grapple with multiple risks including a steep or uneven terrain, harsh weather conditions, and dangerous tools and machinery.

    If one of your family members has died as a result of a forestry accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be eligible to claim compensation.

    How do forestry accidents happen?

    There are numerous risks involved in forestry and logging. Fatal accidents can occur at any time during the harvesting, handling, transporting and processing of the trees and lumber. The most common causes of fatalities include:

    • Falling trees or logs.
    • Accidents involving falling from heights.
    • Careless or reckless handling of machinery, especially chainsaws.
    • Illnesses or injuries caused by prolonged exposure to processing chemicals and dust.

    Who is responsible for the fatal accident?

    Just like in any other industry, employers in forestry companies are obliged to take care of their employees’ health, safety and welfare. They should set down strict rules and safety guidelines and should ensure that everybody adheres to these rules. Additionally, employers need to provide adequate training and safety gear to minimise the risk of having accidents at work.

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    Failure to uphold these responsibilities may result in serious accidents or even death. If you lost your loved one through a forestry accident that occurred because of a third party’s carelessness and negligence, you should make a compensation claim against the guilty party.

    Am I eligible to make a forestry fatal injury claim?

    You can make a forestry fatal injury claim as long as you fall under one of these categories:

    • You are one of the deceased’s dependants, ie husband, wife, civil partner, parent or child.
    • You are a close relative of the deceased, ie brother, sister, aunt, uncle or their children.
    • You are part of the deceased’s estate.

    Why should I make a compensation claim?

    The compensation claim will go a long way towards reimbursing the costs incurred due to loss of the deceased’s income. The awarded amount also compensates for special damages incurred as a result of their death, such as funeral expenses.

    The compensation claim might also force the employer to make changes in the workplace to ensure that such accidents do not happen again.

    What role will Accident Advice Helpline play?

    As one of the leading personal injury law firms in the UK, we have vast experience to help you with your compensation case.

    We understand the frustration and confusion involved in making a claim and we strive to make the process as hassle-free for you as possible.

    Since all our solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee basis, pursuing a claim through Accident Advice Helpline comes at no risk to you.

    Fill out our simple contact form and one of our advisors will contact you; alternatively, you can give us a call on: 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: October 16, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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