The agricultural sector is widely regarded as one of the most dangerous environments to work in. According to the Health and Safety Executive, 41 people were killed in the UK in 2021 as a result of agricultural accidents or due to a farming injury.
The Long of it
Farming accident claims
The agricultural sector employs an essential workforce in Scotland, who tend to the crops used to make our famous whisky and care for the livestock who form the backbone of our export and hospitality industry. These employees also help to maintain the vast and beautiful Scottish landscape. To carry out these activities, workers often have to operate heavy machinery and tools.
The use of such machinery can prove dangerous, and thousands of farming employees are injured in the UK each year. In 2021, 41 fatalities were recorded in the UK as a result of farming and other agriculture-related accidents during the year.
The most common causes of farming accidents include
- animals and livestock
- farming machinery
- vehicles such as tractors
- working from a height, from the likes of grain silos
- heavy objects such as hay bales
Given how frequent accidents in agricultural workplaces are, proper health and safety training and procedures are vital. Employers in farming have a duty to provide proper training to work with large animals and to use complicated equipment.
The implications for a farm worker involved in an accident can vary drastically from minor strains to, in the worst cases, life-altering or even fatal injuries. If you or a loved one have been involved in a farming accident that wasn’t your fault, it may be time to contact a personal injury lawyer.
Making a claim
How do I make a farming accident claim?
Accidents sustained on a farm or involving farming equipment or livestock can result in serious injury. Sustaining injuries like these could lead to loss of earnings, or in more serious cases, the need for constant care and adaptations in the home. All of these are costly for you and your loved ones, both in monetary terms and emotionally.
Your agricultural employer has a duty of care to their workforce, which includes providing you with correct training and fully tested tools and machinery to ensure a safe working environment. Quite often this is not the case, and can result in serious accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a farm accident within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, you have the right to pursue a compensation claim against the responsible party.
Compensation is important to provide you and your loved ones with financial security as you recuperate. We understand that making a claim for compensation can seem a daunting task, but we are here to help. We offer straightforward legal advice, and take the hassle out of the process for you. Plus, we operate on a no win no fee basis, meaning that you won’t have to pay any solicitors fees if we don’t win your case. Speak to one of our solicitors today.
It should be that simple.
How much compensation?
How much compensation for a farming accident?
As with all personal injury claims, the amount of compensation you may be due is dependent on the complexity of the accident and severity of your injury.
Whatever your injury, you can ensure that Watermans will fight for the best possible outcome for you.
Why should I choose Watermans to pursue my claim?
Watermans make legal services look and feel easy so people can move forward in life.
Watermans are one of the leading personal injury firms in Scotland. We act only for people who have been injured in an accident, and never for the at-fault party, nor insurance companies who defend these cases.
Our expert team are committed to doing everything to make the claims process straightforward for our clients following an accident. We take the hassle from you and fight each case to secure the maximum level of compensation. We also provide access to a range of additional services, such as physiotherapy and psychological treatment to ensure you recover from your injuries as soon as possible and get your life back on track.
Our expertise in personal injury covers a wide range of areas including accidents at work, public liability claims, road traffic accidents, fatal and serious injury claims and cases relating to child and historical abuse.
We represent thousands of clients throughout Scotland each year, securing millions of pounds in compensation for our clients. We work on a no win a fee basis, which means that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t end up out of pocket.
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Everything we do at Watermans is about getting you the resolution you need and making that process straightforward. Start the process by sending us your details below or calling us on 0131 555 7055
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“Making a claim for compensation can be such a daunting process for people, so I try to make it as straightforward and easy to understand as I can for them.”
Susanne McGraw, Head of Personal Injury