If you live and work in Lifton, it is possible that you have worked or are working in the agricultural sector. What springs to mind is Devon cream and of course, one of the largest factories in the Lifton area is Ambrosia, known for their rice pudding. Unfortunately the agricultural sector has “one of the worst fatal accident and occupational ill-health records of any major employment sector” according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). That being so, you may be thinking of making an injury claim either for an accident for which you were not to blame, or for an occupational disease which you can prove was caused by the negligence of your employer.
Making an accident claim in Lifton
If your spouse, partner or child has died of a work-related illness or an accident at work, which can be proven to have been caused by their employer’s negligence, then you may be able to make an accident claim in Lifton on their behalf.
The most common causes of death are accidents involving vehicles and farm machinery, with the next being falls.
The HSE believe that as far as non-fatal injuries are concerned, only about twenty-five per cent of injuries sustained by farm workers are reported, and only about five per cent are reported by farmers who have been injured in an accident.
Members of the public sometimes have accidents on farmland too, as they go and pick their own fruit and vegetables on some farms. Children have been injured after falling from trees and so on, when they have been temporarily unsupervised by an adult. Also some farmland is a public right of way and people have been severely injured and even died after being crushed by a herd of cows.
If you have been injured on a farm and can prove that your injury was caused as a result of a farmer’s negligence, then you may be able to make an accident claim in Lifton, or anywhere else in the UK.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you think that you have an injury claim in Lifton to file, call us at Accident Advice Helpline for expert legal advice. You can call 0800 689 0500 which is free from a landline. From mobiles call 0333 500 0993 although charges may apply.
Date Published: 14th October 2013
Author: David Brown