Shepherding Accident: Should You File A Claim?
Posted On March 31, 2014
Believe it or not, farms can be one of the most dangerous places to work. It is often the place where faulty machineries are used, lack of training among workers is very common, and negligence is rampant. Even the so-called benign animals can cause accidents that may range anything from broken ribs to fractured joints and something much graver than that. It might need months and even years of dedicated treatment and may even have the potential to jeopardise your income.
Statistics say, although only 1.5 percent of the total UK working population work in farms, the place accounts for up to 20 percent of the total workplace fatalities. That is a number that needs serious attention. A shepherding accident, which is also very common, is just a very small part of farming accidents. Here is a classic example.
Suppose you work on a farm and you have to shepherd a flock of sheep to the pen. You might be a pro at doing his. Besides, they are just a bunch of benign animals, what can possibly go wrong? However, any such assumption is as far away from the truth as it can be. Animal behaviour is highly unpredictable. The seemingly harmless sheep can be the source of a major stampede. If things turn ugly, you may not even have enough time to save yourself and may even be dragged along with the animals.
The results of these kinds of accidents may be multi-layered. You may get severe bruises, fractures, and swollen joints. The treatment, apart from medications and therapies, might even need operation. However, not everyone who needs an operation is medically qualified to get one. For instance, if you have such conditions as osteomyelitis and the accident displaces your knee cap, an operation might prove to be too risky and might even have to be avoided.
A potential loss of income is one of the many side-effects of such shepherding accidents. Depending upon the severity of the accident you might not be able to go back to work for years. Under such circumstances, filing a claim becomes a necessary thing to do. It may help you in reclaiming the loss of earnings and you may even be able to make a claim for the future loss of earnings. Cost of treatment is also often covered by such claims.
A common misconception among many is that you are entitled to make such claims only if you are a full-time employee. That is not true. The health and safety laws also protect the rights of the casual and agency workers. In fact, a member from the general public is also entitled to file a farming accident claim if the person is injured by the livestock or by a farming process while visiting a farm.
Sadly, most of the farming accidents go unreported. However, if you have been a victim of a shepherding accident, there is no reason why you should avoid making a claim. To verify if your case qualifies for a claim contact an experienced law firm such as the Priority Legal.
Read more about UK farm accidents from HSE.