One of Accident Advice Helpline’s specialities is the no win no fee* claims in Vale of Glamorgan that we handle for workers in the agricultural industry; agriculture being one of the most hazardous industries to be employed in.
Occupational Related Illnesses Within the Agricultural Industry
Occupational related illnesses are one of the biggest causes of injury in the agricultural industry. Take for example, contact dermatitis. Across the whole of the industry, taking into account all of the various sectors, the rate per 100,000 workers for acquiring contact dermatitis is for 4 per 100,000. However, the rate for gardeners and grounds-men and women is 9 per 100,000.
Occupational Respiratory Illness is a Significant Factor
Another significant contributor towards work related injuries or illnesses within agriculture, is respiratory disease, and in particular the dust that is inhaled from grain, cereal, animal feed, and animal bedding. It is a significant cause of various breathing and/or lung problems.
The Prevalence of Farmer’s Lung
The most common form of respiratory illness within the agricultural community here in the UK is a condition known as Farmer’s Lung. This condition arises from breathing in dust and spores that emanate from mouldy hay, grain, and straw. The symptoms are rather like acute flu, but unlike flu, Farmer’s Lung often leads to serious lung infection which has severe long-term effects.
Compensation Awards for Farmer’s Lung
In overall terms, there has been an average of seven cases per annum whereby compensation has been awarded. This figure rose to 10 awards in 2012. The number of fatalities that were attributed to farmer’s lung, have averaged out at eight deaths per year over the last 10 years.
The Disparity in the Number of Compensation Awards Vs Cases Diagnosed
The average number of new cases of Farmer’s lung being diagnosed year has fluctuated over the last 10 years, anywhere between 20 and 50 per year; the average being 41 cases per annum. The reason that the compensation award rate is so low may be to do with the fact that a large number of farmers or farm-workers who acquire Farmer’s Lung may be self-employed.
Launching No Win No Fee* Claims in Vale of Glamorgan for Farmer’s Lung
If you have any concerns about making no win no fee* claims in Vale of Glamorgan for Farmer’s Lung, you should contact the customer service team at Accident Advice Helpline who can advise you accordingly as to whether or not you have a legitimate claim. If you do, you can visit the AAH website and make use of the ‘how much?’ calculator to establish the amount of compensation that you could be awarded. It will take only 30 seconds of your time.
To Find Out More
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