Hiring a gardener is the ideal way to ensure your garden looks great all year round, although you should ask for references from previous customers, as there are no specific qualifications that gardeners need, particularly if they are working independently. Whilst most gardeners are passionate about their work, providing a great service to customers, a negligent gardener could not only cause damage to your garden, but could cause personal injury to yourself or a member of your family. Here are a few examples of the types of accident or injury which could be caused by a negligent gardener:
- Leaving tools lying around leading to a slip or trip, or lacerations from sharp tools
- Failing to check or maintain equipment/clean equipment after they have used it, which could cause injury to the next person using it
- Using plants which are known to be hazardous/poisonous to children or pets
- Use of harmful pesticides which could cause skin conditions and allergies (if you have told them you have a sensitivity)
If you have been injured, you may feel like there is nothing you can do – particularly if your gardener is self-employed. However, professionals should have liability insurance in place to cover them in the event a customer makes a claim for personal injury compensation against them, so it’s a good idea to explore your options.
Making a claim for personal injury compensation
There is usually a three-year time limit in place to make a claim for compensation; in actual fact, if you have been the victim of a negligent gardener, it is a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They will be able to establish whether negligence actually occurred and if it did, begin to gather evidence in support of your claim. Choosing the right personal injury lawyer can be a challenge, with so many advertising their services on TV, but select a firm who are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers to ensure you receive the best possible support.
Accident Advice Helpline can help you
However you have been injured, let Accident Advice Helpline help you with your claim for compensation. Because we’ve been in the industry since 2000, we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim, and our team of professional injury lawyers are happy to offer confidential, no-obligation advice. Call us with your questions today on our freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500; we are open 24/7. Or take the 30-second test on our website first, to find out how much you could claim.