You may live and work in the Polesworth area and be contemplating making a compensation claim in Polesworth-based for an injury sustained in an accident that was not your fault. You may have been diagnosed with a work-related illness or an occupational disease such as Farmer’s Lung, which you contracted after years of working in an environment where grain is stored. You can make a compensation claim in Polesworth, or from anywhere else in the country, if this has happened to you and you were first diagnosed with your illness or disease less than three years ago.
Compensation claim Polesworth
If you can prove that your illness or accident was caused as a result of another person’s negligence, then you may well have grounds for making a compensation claim in Polesworth, for example. You should understand that although you have three years from the date of your accident in which to file a personal injury compensation claim, it is best not to wait that long. If you have had an accident at sea, for example you only have two years in which to file a claim as such accidents are covered by International Conventions. You will need to consult an expert about the limitation period for your particular case.
The agricultural sector in the UK employs only 1.5% of the workforce, but it accounts for between 15 and 20% of fatalities which occur at work every year. There are also, perhaps surprisingly, a number of work-related illnesses and occupational diseases which can develop in a farm worker over a period of time. These include:-
- allergic respiratory diseases such as Farmer’s Lung and grain-dust asthma.
- other respiratory diseases which may be caused by fungi spores, grain dust or soil particles, for example.
- exposure to fumes, perhaps in the process of fumigating a greenhouse, can lead to asphyxiation.
Then come the skin diseases which can include melanoma, dermatitis and so on. If a farm worker is exposed to UV rays from prolonged periods of working in sunlight then there is a risk of skin cancer.
Musculoskeletal disorders can arise if a worker has not been properly trained in how to lift heavy objects, and they can also occur because of exposure to vibration while using machinery and from driving agricultural vehicles,
Noise levels on farms from stationary machinery, livestock and so on can cause deafness.
Exposure to dangerous chemicals, such as those found in pesticides can also be the cause of a variety of diseases.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you believe that you have grounds to make a personal injury compensation claim, then you could call us at Accident Advice Helpline for expert legal advice.
We are a law firm with over ten years experience of handling personal injury compensation claims. We suggest you check us out on our Accident Advice Helpline website and then, if you think we can help you, call us free of charge on one of our freephone numbers. You can call us at any time, any day of the year. From a landline, ring 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile, call 0333 500 0993. Call now for expert legal advice.
Date Published: 20th August 2013