Agricultural injury compensation claim solicitors.
Agriculture includes the farming of wheat, grain, and food produce; the cultivation of plants, and the breeding of animals for dairy produce and livestock.
Synonymous with danger and personal injury, the extremely physical nature of the farming and agriculture industry, along with the long hours and dangerous machinery, often leads to employee personal injury and loss of life.
If you or a member of your family have sustained a personal injury whilst working in the farming or agricultural industry, within the last 3 years, and your accident was caused by the negligence of your employer, then we will accept your claim for personal injury on a No Win No Fee basis, with no financial risk to you.
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The most common injuries sustained to farm employees
Agricultural and farming equipment consists of combine harvesters, tractors, milking machines, forklift trucks, mowers, and balers, amongst other heavy, automated plant machinery.
Dangerous Farm Machinery and plant injuries - These type of injuries make up around half of all farming and agricultural injuries, with the most common injuries from farm machinery, being amputations from arms and legs entering machinery, with compound fractures, and crushes being a close second.
MG Legal's personal injury solicitors accept all work-related injury claims, on a No Win No Fee basis. From minor bumps, bruises and cuts, to broken bones, and injuries that can change the course of your life, if you have been injured at work in the last 3 years, and want to pursue a claim for personal injury, then our specialist team of personal injury solicitors would love to hear from you.
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What are the main causes of accidents and personal injury to agricultural workers?
Unfortunately, even in the 21st century, when health and safety should be paramount, and employees in the agricultural sector kept as safe as possible, and away from personal injury, the agricultural industry is a dangerous one, with tens of thousands of injuries sustained to farm workers on a monthly basis. The main causes of accidents are often as a result of the employer not carrying out proper training or maintenance.
The other reasons are set out below:
Failure of employers to carry out a risk assessment on the farm machinery;
No adequate warnings or signs on the machinery or agricultural tools;
Inadequate maintenance or inspection management;
Incorrect or lack of training on the use of farming equipment or agricultural tools e.g. driving a tractor, ploughing equipment, balers, ploughs, mowers, rotators, rollers, and seeders;
Faulty equipment - the farming equipment is defective, dangerous or poorly maintained;
The employer does not properly train workers to use the farm/ agricultural equipment. They may also be disregarding health and safety laws in the working environment;
The employer does not terminate the use of a broken or faulty piece of farming machinery or equipment;
Manufacturing Defects - such as loose or missing fasteners on new machinery. Often, this results in severe and sometimes fatal injuries;
Faulty electrical supply on machinery and electrical tools;
No safety devices, such as shields, guards and emergency stop button, on farm and agricultural equipment;
Design Defects - Even expensive farm machinery can have design defects. Often there are no proper safety guards fitted to farm machinery and shutoff switches, aren’t always in the easiest place to stop machinery, and save you and fellow employees from personal injury, loss of limbs, or even death;
Some examples of design defects are:
Exposed, rotating machine components - These can catch on clothing and limbs, pulling them into the machine.
Freewheeling points—after a farm worker turns off the equipment, farm equipment parts, such as rotary motor blades and baler flywheels, often continue to rotate, trapping or cutting off fingers, and hands to employees who are unaware and haven’t been trained how to use the machinery properly.
Hydraulic lifts and hoses—hydraulic lifts that raise and support heavy objects and assist in steering and braking equipment can fail and crush a worker. This equipment also can eject high-pressure blasts of oil that can burn eyes and skin. Leaky hydraulic hoses can emit toxic fluids that can burn.
How long do I have to make a claim for work related Personal Injury?
The Limitation Act 1980 states that, in most cases at least, an injured party has 3 years to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. Those under the age of 18, have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday to make a claim for work related personal injury, so if you were 17 at the time you were injured, then the 3 years does not start to countdown, until your 18th birthday.
If you have suffered a work related illness, you may have 3 years to make an illness or injury related claim from the date you became aware that your employer's negligent act or omission is the cause of your injury, or illness. This is called, 'the date of knowledge', and applies where employees become ill, or medical opinion confirms that the injuries they are suffering from, are more likely than not as a result of their working environment. If this is the case, then the 3 years starts as soon as your medical practitioner advises you of the link between your working environment, and your injury or illness.
If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts, and we will be more than happy to explain the personal injury claims process, and advise how we can help you on a No Win No Fee basis.
Why should I choose MG Legal for my construction site personal injury claim?
With a success rate in excess of 99%, our reputation is one we are very proud of, and MG Legal’s solicitors are the envy of many solicitors, nationwide. Our team do not simply clock off and go home at 5pm- we are often here long into the night, investigating claims, and winning personal injury compensation for our clients. From simple soft-tissue whiplash claims, to catastrophic injuries, choose MG Legal and you will be allocated one of our expert personal injury solicitors, and you will have our undivided attention. MG Legal’s personal injury team are all fully-qualified solicitors - we do not employ people who are not qualified, and passionate about successfully settling our clients’ personal injury compensation claims.