Every year, several people put forward farming accident claims. While accidents on farms are uncommon, this does remain one of the most dangerous industries you could work in. You may wonder how you could be involved in a farming accident. In truth, accidents can occur in several ways, which is why health and safety is so important on today’s farms. While most farmers and farm hands will never be involved in an accident, there does remain the slim potential for things to go wrong. And if something does go wrong, it could potentially lead to a serious accident – and perhaps even a fatal one. Hence why it makes sense to know more about farming accident claims if you have been hurt on a farm in the past three years. Read on to find out how such a claim could be brought by you with the help of one of our experienced lawyers.
How do people get hurt?
There are many injuries that could be sustained from a farming accident. For example, crush injuries may occur if machinery or vehicles topple over on uneven ground, falling on top of the driver or farm worker. Injuries involving animals may also occur, as could injuries involving moving parts on machinery, whereby hands, feet, or other parts of the body could become trapped. The very nature of a farm means the ground outside will likely be uneven in places, and could become slippery in wet weather. This must also be considered when assessing how safe it is to do a farming job.
Additionally, there are risks involved with silos – a common sight on many farms. These can release dangerous gases and there have been cases where people have been overcome and have fallen inside a silo, which is a storage receptacle for bulk items. Silage represents the biggest danger in terms of gases, since this is by its very nature fermented. If someone falls in, someone else may be overcome and lose their lives trying to save the person who originally got into trouble. However, even a seemingly innocent store of grain can be dangerous if you fall into it, as it is much like quicksand in being impossible to get out of.
Why might you consider making farming accident claims?
Clearly, staying safe whilst working on a farm is the most important thing. No one wants to be in a position where they have to consider claiming for anything. If proper health and safety procedures are put in place and adhered to, there should be little chance of an accident happening. However, there are dangers of livestock on a farm, just as there are dangers of machinery on a farm. These must all be considered when trying to avoid the dangers posed on a farm that could come into play when a farmer is preparing to do certain jobs there.
Other dangers are also present daily, although safety measures should prevent them from causing injury. Being aware of these dangers, such as the dangers of vehicles on a farm, for example, will help people avoid being injured. Risk assessments should always be conducted on a farm, just as they should be in every other location or workplace. Indeed, since the farming industry does pose specific risks to those working in these roles, it makes sense to take every precaution and to do everything possible to prevent accidents from happening.
The nature of the injuries you may suffer that could lead to farming accident claims is hard to cover in this article. We already know some accidents could potentially be fatal, leaving those who are left behind to consider claiming compensation for what happened. However, serious and life-changing injuries might also be difficult to cope with. Some people have lodged farming accident claims to receive compensation that has helped them get back on their feet again. If they are no longer able to work because of the accident, it can make life very difficult to adjust to. Yet even the smallest injury could receive compensation if it was caused through negligence, so it makes sense to speak to someone who can help you understand whether negligence caused your injury (or injuries) to occur.
Contact us now to see if you could receive compensation
The only way to determine how much you might potentially receive for farming accident claims is to contact a personal injury lawyer for further no-obligation advice. You must know who is liable for a farming accident if you are thinking of making a claim. This may seem like a challenge, but it is a challenge the team at Accident Advice Helpline are ready and able to help you meet.
If you want to learn more about how to claim for a farming accident, you only need to ring our team at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 on your mobile phone. This is the best way to find out about the cost of claiming for a farming accident (hint: we operate on a no-win, no-fee* basis). Your injuries may thankfully have been minor, or they could have been far more serious. Whatever happened, and however badly you were hurt, one of our personal injury lawyers can look at your case to find out if you have an opportunity to receive compensation very soon. Now is the best time to make sure you have access to the expert legal advice you need.
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