Working on a farm on within other agricultural environments can often be dangerous occupations. Because of the high level of contact with animals and also with complicated and heavy machinery, accidents are unfortunately very common. The agricultural industry is an extremely varied place and the kind of injuries suffered by its workers reflects this variety.
Types of Agricultural Accident Claim
Typical injuries can often include; crushing injuries to hand, legs and feet, back and shoulder injuries caused by manual handling, animal bites and kicks as well as head injuries. The effect of an agricultural accident can have a fundamental lasting impact on the victim and their family members. No matter what the injury level, victims and their families may suffer financial loss or loss of earnings. Victims may also require on-going care for physical injuries in the form of surgery, rehabilitation and physiotherapy. In some cases victims may also require psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for distressing emotional and psychological symptoms. If you have been injured in an agricultural accident as a result of your employer’s breach of care you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.
Making an Agricultural Accident Claim
Some personal injury cases can be relatively straightforward enough for the victim to handle alone, however in the case of agricultural accidents there is often a lot of health and safety legislation, legal complications and insurance intricacies to navigate. Because of the highly technical nature of an agricultural accident claim, they often include the co-ordination of many types of experts.
- Consult your GP -If you wish to make a personal injury claim for an agricultural accident then the first step is to consult your GP. They will be able to thoroughly explore the various issues surrounding your injury and give you a comprehensive overview of the severity and longevity of your injury as well as any other minor or major medical issues that have arisen as a result. The consultation with your GP may give you the evidence you need to begin down the path of making a personal injury claim.
- Consult a specialist personal injury lawyer -In order to ensure that the deserved level of compensation is achieved it is important to gain the services of a specialist personal injury compensation solicitor that understand the complexities of this type of claim. They need to be able to identify the types of experts and specialists needed to support your claim and ensure that you are fully compensated for the injuries suffered and the effects they have had on you and your ability to return to work in the future. Your chosen legal representative will likely accept your case on a ‘no win no fee’ basis if they feel confident of success, so you won’t have to deal with the burden of substantial legal fees as you will only pay a success fee if they win the case for you. Your personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you on the right time to make a claim as well as how much you should be claiming for, they will accept all the responsibility and the risk involved in the case so you can concentrate on recovering from your injury.