Farming accident claims
Do you require a solicitor to help you claim for a farming accident?If so then contact PSR Solicitors to see how we can help you.
If you have been injured on a farm it can be very difficult to cope immediately following your injury. The injury itself will be causing you pain and suffering but it can also place limitations on your lifestyle. In addition you may also be suffering from a loss of income which can add further strain on your situation. Our specialist farming accident claims solicitors can help you with everything, from claiming compensation for your personal injury and losses, such as loss of earnings and travel expenses, to arranging private medical treatment and rehabilitation to assist in your recovery and get your life back on track. Pursuing compensation for your farming accident is not something that you have to do on your own, you need specialist advice. Trust us to help you.
About Farming Injuries
Due to the nature of the work involved, farms can be extremely hazardous and employees frequently face a great number of risks including:
- Operating heavy machinery
- Working with potentially dangerous livestock
- Long-term health problems including back pain and repetitive strange injury
- Exposure to loud equipment
- Contact with chemicals
- Frequently breathing in dust and fumes
The most common types of farming accidents involve heavy machinery or livestock. Tractors and combine harvesters are large, heavy vehicles that need to be driven carefully. Likewise, bulls and horses are large animals and need to be handled with care.
The agricultural industry has a higher rate of fatality and serious injury amongst workers than any other. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), figures for 2018 show that 17,000 people were reported as suffering from a work-related illness, 13,000 non-fatal injuries were recorded and 29 fatalities also occurred.
Farming is a very physical environment and as such the risk of serious injury is high. Therefore the highest and most rigorous levels of health & safety should be in place.
Farm Workers are Legally Protected
Your employer is required, by law, to provide you with a safe working environment and to make sure that you are protected against injury, death or any risk to your health whilst you are at work.
Their responsibilities are made clear in the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA), which explicitly expresses that the health, safety and welfare of employees in any working environment are paramount.
The legislation is in place so that your employer is bound by law to provide:
- A safe working environment at all times
- Safe equipment and machinery
- Suitable protective clothing.
- Thorough and regular risk assessments in line with the regulations.
- Effective processes to limit or control any hazards.
- Adequate training and supervision especially with regard to handling dangerous equipment or substances.
- Adequate training for all staff on all aspects of their job including health and safety.
- A staff representative to take responsibility for health and safety within the workplace.
- Information about any potential risks in the workplace including chemical substances, equipment or activity.
- Safe and competent people working alongside you, who won’t endanger you or others.
- Provision and facilities for staff welfare.
Manual handling is a major cause of ill-health on farms so the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 is also in place to protect employees engaged in this sort of work. Manual handling is vital for agricultural and farming roles and is defined by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) as “any transporting or supporting of a load including the lifting, putting down, pushing, carrying or moving thereof by hand or bodily force.”
In order to help prevent accident or injury caused by handling heavy loads the Manuel Handling Operations Regulations require the following from employers:
- Avoid the need for any manual handling that carries the risk of injury wherever possible. This may be done by breaking down loads into more manageable sizes or re-designing tasks.
- Carry out a risk assessment where manual handling is unavoidable, taking into consideration the tasks, the weight and the size of the load as well as the working environment including the available space.
- Minimise risks by implementing systems and solutions.
If your employer fails to fulfil any of their responsibilities and you are injured whilst carrying out your job or suffer ill health because of it then you may be able to make a claim for compensation against them.
No Win No Fee Farming Accident Compensation Claims
If you have suffered an accident, injury or ill health due to your working environment then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
An Introductory chat with one of our Accident at Work solicitors will quickly establish who is liable and whether there is a strong chance of success for your claim. The majority of the time, we are then able to act for you on a No Win No Fee basis, which means, in the unlikely event of your claim proving unsuccessful, there would be absolutely no costs or fees to pay for work already undertaken by PSR.
With regards to the compensation settlement value of your claims, much depends on the severity of your injuries. Whether your symptoms are temporary or whether you have suffered from life-changing injuries, we are able to help you claim for everything that you are owed. Your compensation is there to recognise the trauma and harm that you have experienced and to help redress the balance, helping to place you in the position that you were in before the injury occurred.
It is designed to cover any costs that you may incur as a result of your accident or injury including:
- Private medical treatment
- Counselling to help you come to terms with what has happened
- Specialist equipment that may help you cope with your injury
- Adaptations to your home or car to enable you to live as independently as possible
- Loss of earnings
- Any other out of pocket expenses such as travel to and from hospital appointments
We understand that you may feel uncomfortable about making a farming accident claim against your employer, particularly as you may have concerns over job security. We often find that clients are concerned about losing their jobs as the result of making a personal injury claim but the law is there to protect you and we will advise and support you throughout. The fact is that your employer cannot dismiss you if you are injured due to their negligence in the workplace and they must have insurance in place to cover them. They won’t have to pay you compensation themselves.
Your compensation will be vital for your medical care, treatment and financial security so do not hesitate to contact us today so that we can help you take your first steps towards recovery and move on from what has happened.
As we are long established in the rural areas of Wales and Cheshire, our specialist solicitors have wide experience in all types of farming and agricultural accidents and work-related illnesses:
- Attacks by animals such as cows and horses
- Defective or faulty work equipment
- Manual handling accidents
- Accidents where a worker has become caught in farm machinery
- Slips and trips around the farm
- Accidents when workers have been injured by a farm vehicle
- Accidents caused by unsafe procedures and practices
Other law firms are increasingly using teams of unqualified fee earners to handle compensation claims, resulting in many pay-outs being seriously reduced or lost altogether. Personal injury can be a complex area requiring specialist legal advice and after all you have been through you deserve a bespoke service from a dedicated and highly skilled solicitor who will work diligently on your behalf to ensure the very best results.
We have a track-record for recovering more compensation than our competitors and have the experience and expertise necessary to progress your claim as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Not only will we seek to secure the full amount of compensation available to you but we will also help to arrange and co-ordinate your medical care, arrange financial support while your claim is settled and advise on Personal Injury Trusts to protect your money.
By instructing PSR Solicitors, you are guaranteed a firm that is accredited by the Law Society for delivering personal injury services and we are also extremely proud to have achieved the Lexcel Practice Management Standard for providing excellent legal services to all of our clients.
With more than half of our current clients having come to us through recommendations you can rest assured that PSR is the friendly, professional legal team you can rely on.
Contact us about your Farm Accident Claim today
If you are looking to claim compensation for an accident on a farm and you want free advice from a fully qualified solicitor then please contact us now. Using one of our specialist Farm Accident Solicitors ensures that you have a better chance of winning your claim and receiving all of the compensation and help that you are entitled to all on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you won't have any legal costs to pay if your claim is unsuccessful so No Win No Fee = No Risk To You.
Established in 2009, PSR is one of the leading practices for Accident at Work Solicitors in Wales and Cheshire and you can contact us safe in the knowledge that one of our expert solicitors will take care of everything for you on a No Win No Fee basis allowing you to carry on with your life whilst we proceed with your legal case.
The team at PSR solicitors is best placed to help you with your compensation claim so for confidential, professional legal advice don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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