Agricultural work can be physically demanding and potentially hazardous, which is why it’s so important for farm owners to take all necessary steps to safeguard their employees. If you’ve been injured because your employer failed to do this, you could be eligible to make a farm worker accident compensation claim.
Farm accidents can have life-changing consequences. If you've found yourself injured in a farm accident that wasn't your fault, Switalskis is here to guide you through the entire claims process and get the compensation you deserve. Making a claim is about accountability and helping to make sure that similar accidents can be prevented in the future.
At Switalskis, our team of dedicated solicitors has the expertise and compassion to guide you through each step, offering compassionate support and tailored legal advice. Don't let an accident set you back - take the first step towards getting your life back.
At Switalskis, we understand that a farm accident can be a traumatic experience, affecting not just your physical health, but also your emotional wellbeing and financial stability. That's why we're committed to offering more than just legal advice. We offer a comprehensive service that aims to support you in every aspect of your recovery.
Here’s what you can expect from working with us:
Our team of specialised solicitors has extensive experience in handling farm worker accident compensation claims. We're well-versed in the intricacies of agricultural law, liability and negligence, and will always make sure that your case is built on a solid legal foundation.
If you're looking for a legal team that offers more than just representation, Switalskis is the firm for you. We're here to help you recover, in every sense of the word.
If you've been injured in a farm accident, you might be wondering when you can make a compensation claim. The key factors that determine your eligibility to claim are liability and negligence. Let's break these down:
If you believe that your injury was caused by someone else's negligence or failure to provide a safe working environment, you are likely to have grounds for a farm worker accident compensation claim. To discuss your specific circumstances, give Switalskis a call today.
Farming is one of the highest-risk industries in the UK. Data from the Health & Safety Executive shows that agriculture has the worst rate of fatal injuries among workers of all the main industry sectors, with an average injury rate around 21 times as high as the all-industry rate over the last five years.
The nature of the work often involves heavy machinery, livestock and potentially hazardous substances. Here are some of the most common causes of farm accidents that could lead to a compensation claim:
If you've been involved in a farm accident due to any of these reasons, you may be eligible for a farm worker accident compensation claim. Get in touch with us to find out whether you have grounds to make a claim.
Farm accidents can lead to a range of injuries, including some that are serious or life-changing. Here are some of the most common examples:
If you've suffered from any of these injuries due to a farm accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
You can still make a farm worker accident compensation claim even if you're self-employed. However, the process might be a bit different compared to those who are traditionally employed.
Even if you're self-employed, farm owners and operators still have a duty of care towards you. They must keep the working environment safe and make sure that all machinery and equipment are in good working condition.
However, when you're self-employed, establishing liability can be more complex. You'll need to prove that the accident took place due to someone else's negligence, such as the owner of the farm where you were working, or perhaps a supplier of faulty equipment.
Given the potential complexities involved, it's particularly important for self-employed farm workers to seek legal advice if they’ve been in an accident. Switalskis has extensive experience in handling farm worker accident compensation claims for self-employed workers. We can help you navigate the legal processes and work towards securing the compensation you deserve.
Losing a loved one in a farming accident is devastating, and we understand that no amount of compensation can ever truly make up for your loss. However, if your loved one died due to someone else's negligence, you may be eligible to make a claim on their behalf. This can help cover funeral costs, loss of income and other financial burdens that often accompany such a tragic event.
Typically, immediate family members like spouses, children or parents can make a claim. In some cases, other close relatives may also be eligible. The first step in making a claim is to establish that the accident was caused by someone else's negligence. This could be the farm owner, a co-worker or even a machinery manufacturer. Switalskis can help you gather the necessary evidence and build a strong case.
Navigating the legal system while grieving can be overwhelming. That's why Switalskis is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive legal support during this difficult time. We'll handle the legal complexities, so you can focus on healing and remembering your loved one.
Gathering the right evidence is vital for the success of your farm worker accident compensation claim. It's all about proving that someone else's negligence led to your accident and subsequent injuries. Here's what you'll generally need:
Collecting all this evidence can be a daunting task, especially when you're recovering from an accident. Switalskis can guide you through what you need, help you collect it, and organise it in a way that strengthens your case.
Navigating the legal process can be overwhelming, especially when you're dealing with the aftermath of an accident. At Switalskis, we’re dedicated to making this process as simple and stress-free as possible for you.
Here’s how it works:
Throughout the entire process, Switalskis will be by your side, offering expert legal advice and emotional support. We understand that each case is unique, and we'll tailor our approach to meet your specific needs.
Time is of the essence when it comes to making a farm worker accident compensation claim. The general rule is that you have three years from the date of the accident to initiate a claim. This might sound like a long time, but it's surprising how quickly it can pass, especially when you're dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of an accident.
There are some exceptions to this three-year rule. If the accident led to a mental incapacity, the time limit might be extended. In other cases, symptoms of an injury may not appear immediately. In such instances, the three-year time limit may start from the date of knowledge - the date you became aware that your condition was related to the farm accident.
If you’re claiming on behalf of a family member who died in a farming accident, the time limit begins three years from the date of the person’s death, or from when you became aware that the accident was the cause of death.
The sooner you start the claim process, the easier it will be to gather evidence, such as witness statements and medical records, which are critically important for a successful claim. If you're unsure whether you're still eligible to make a claim, speak to Switalskis as soon as possible. We’ll help you navigate these time-sensitive issues and get you the compensation you deserve.
When it comes to compensation, every case is unique, and the amount you could receive depends on a variety of factors:
Speak to our team at Switalskis, and we'll review all aspects of your case to make sure you get the maximum compensation to which you're entitled.
At Switalskis, we’re committed to making sure that nobody is put off from making a compensation claim because they’re concerned about the costs. That's why we offer a number of straightforward and accessible options for funding your claim:
We pride ourselves on being transparent about all potential costs from the get-go. Any fees you might be responsible for will be discussed and agreed upon in advance, so there are no surprises down the line.
We know that when you're dealing with the aftermath of an accident, time can feel like it's standing still. While we aim to resolve your claim efficiently, the duration of the claims process can vary depending on several factors:
At Switalskis, we're committed to keeping you updated at every stage of your claim. We'll give you realistic timeframes and keep you informed of any changes that might affect the duration of your claim.
Your current employment status at the farm doesn't prevent you from making a farm worker accident compensation claim. In fact, the Employment Rights Act 1996 protects employees from any form of retaliation or discrimination for making a personal injury claim against their employer, including unfair dismissal or any form of detrimental treatment.
While it's natural to worry about the implications of making a claim, open and honest communication with your employer can often ease concerns on both sides. Many employers appreciate the opportunity to improve workplace safety and prevent future accidents.
At Switalskis, we handle your case with the utmost confidentiality and discretion. We understand the sensitive nature of making a claim while still employed, and we'll guide you through the process to minimise any workplace tension.
We'll provide you with all the legal support you need, and take every step to make sure that your employment rights are upheld throughout the claims process.
In cases where both you and your employer are found to be at fault, the liability may be shared between you. This is known as ‘contributory negligence’, and means that while you may still receive compensation, the amount could be reduced to reflect your share of the responsibility for the accident.
If your case goes to court, the judge will consider the degree of negligence on both sides and adjust the compensation accordingly. For example, if you were found to be 25% responsible for your accident, your compensation might be reduced by that percentage.
Even if you were partly at fault, you still have the right to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other damages. As such, it’s important to be honest and upfront about the circumstances surrounding your accident when making a claim. Switalskis will be able to carefully assess the details of your case to determine the extent of your liability, and help you understand what contributory negligence means for your claim.
Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:
If you've suffered an accident while working on a farm due to negligence or unsafe conditions, you may be eligible for compensation. Switalskis has extensive experience in handling farm worker accident claims, and we'll take the time to fully understand the circumstances of your accident and its impact on your life.
To find out how much compensation you could be entitled to and to start your farm worker accident compensation claim, call Switalskis today on 0800 1380 458 . Alternatively, you can reach out to us through our website for more information.