Andover was originally a small market town in Hampshire – a centre for all the agricultural activity in the area and a meeting place for farmers. The town was used to sell stock, hire farm labourers and spend some of the agricultural profits in the local shops and may be even the inns and hotels.
These days a UK market town is very similar to other towns and has the usual collection of shops, restaurants and cafes.
The change in character of Andover has brought with it a change in the hazards facing the population and visitors to the town. Several hundred years ago there would have been no personal injury legal system to claim compensation when a person was injured in an accident that was not their own fault. There would have been no companies like Accident Advice Helpline who were set up solely to help injured people claim compensation by starting personal injury lawyer Andover cases.
Agricultural accident cases – the historical perspective
Hundreds of years ago many more people worked on the land in the UK and in the Andover area than do today. There were very few agricultural machines and ploughs and mowers were powered by horses or cattle. The pace of farming was slower and more labour intensive and there were fewer chemicals. The hazards, however, were plentiful. Primitive agricultural machinery was often unguarded and could seriously injure limbs. Working with horses and handling livestock without the benefit of modern equipment could also present some risks.
If an injury did take place – the medical treatment could be very limited. Cuts and grazes became infected in the germ-laden farming environment and there was no such thing as antibiotics to treat these infections. The treatment of broken limbs was also very limited and in some cases the limb was amputated altogether.
An accident was generally considered as just bad luck or even blamed on carelessness! There was no opportunity to approach a legal firm like Accident Advice Helpline and start an agricultural accident lawyer Andover case to try and get compensation. Sick leave simply did not exist and financial hardship was common.
Agricultural accident lawyer in Andover
Modern farming is a highly scientific and mechanised industry. There are far fewer people working in agriculture these days because powerful machines now do much of the manual work. The machines, however, can present major hazards as they have powerful moving parts that are capable of ripping, tearing or trapping parts of a human body. Safety precautions have been introduced to try to keep employees safe but where these safety precautions have not been introduced an agricultural accident lawyer Andover case can be started. The modern personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline will have all the skills to secure a high level of compensation for their injured client. Most modern agricultural employers have Employers Liability Insurance which pays compensation to injured employees.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 16th December 2013
Author: David Brown