If you have been the victim of a farm accident, you may be entitled to compensation in circumstances where the farmer/employer has failed in his duty to you.
This duty also extends to negligent acts committed by fellow employees to fellow employees or third parties such as visitors, delivery persons etc.
Unfortunately, farm accidents are a common occurrence in Ireland and often result in serious injuries including loss of limbs, spinal injuries, crushed and broken bones and unfortunately fatalities can also occur.
The causes of such accidents are many and varied but often are the result of inadequate training by the employer/farmer. In addition, an accident often results from the use of faulty equipment such as tractors and diggers.
Other Common Farm Accident Types
Slips, trips and falls: For example where staff or family members have left something where they should not have or failed to do something they ought to have done for example, re-covering a septic tank, sewers, drains and slatted units.
Injuries caused by Animals: Where a farmer acts as an employer he is under a duty to provide a safe place of work for his employees, a safe system of work and safe employees with which to work. He is also required to provide safe equipment. It is not uncommon for farmer/employers to provide inadequate training or in some cases no training at all to employees and often accident can occur.
If you are injured on a farm you should do the following:
- Immediately seek medical advice. Please ensure to inform the medical doctor as to how precisely the accident happened and describe for him in detail the injuries sustained.
- You should inform your employer as to how the accident happened and fill out the Accident/Incident Report Book.
- Consult an experienced Personal Injuries Solicitor in order to see if compensation is available to you as soon as possible.