Common causes of farm accident injuries
Whether you own a farm, are a visitor to a farm, or are a farm worker, there are many hazards you may encounter. These hazards can lead to serious injuries. Common types of farm accidents include:
- Machinery. A very common cause of farm accidents, hazardous machinery, and defective farm equipment can result in life-threatening injuries. Dangerous equipment can include; chainsaws, augers, quad bikes, and motorbikes. Any of these pieces of equipment, especially with unguarded hazardous parts, can cause crushing and cutting injuries
- Tractor accidents. Tractors without rollover protection and with power take-off (PTO) shafts can cause serious injuries. Tractors can roll causing crushing injuries while PTOs that are not attached to the tractor may catch on clothes, hair, or limbs and cause a serious farming injury
- High structures. A common cause of farm accidents can be working at heights. When working on a farm you may be on top of a silo, fixing a roof, or using orchard ladders, all of which can be incredibly dangerous should you slip and fall
- Noise pollution. Working with loud machinery on a farm without the right protective equipment can result in hearing loss. Anything from farm animals to weapons like shotguns and equipment such as chainsaws and motorbikes could impact your hearing
- Weather. Working outside on a farm can lead to a range of farm injuries including slips and falls during wet weather, serious sunburn during the warmer months, dehydration, and hypothermia
- Cutting and grinding metal. When doing farm jobs like fixing equipment and building fences, without the right protective equipment it can be easy to damage your eyes if small pieces of metal go astray or you are exposed to bright sparks when welding
- Chemical exposure. A common cause of farm accidents and farm injuries is the use of chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, acids, and other toxic substances. Whether exposed short-term without the right protective equipment or after experiencing long-term exposure to toxic chemicals you may develop problems breathing or break out in rashes, or burns
- Animals. Accidents involving animals, such as being thrown from a horse or kicked by livestock can result in injuries like traumatic brain injuries, broken limbs, and even death
What payments can you receive from a farming accident compensation claim?
Farm accident compensation claims can cover a variety of payments including:
- Workers’ compensation if you were working on the farm at the time of your farm accident
- Medical expenses to cover the cost of surgery, doctor visits, and rehabilitation
- Loss of income sustained due to your farm injuries and subsequent inability to continue work
- Travel expenses associated with receiving medical treatment
- Pain and suffering and any mental health care required due to trauma sustained after your farm accident
LHD lawyers are no win no fee lawyers, meaning if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay any fees. When you engage one of our farming accident lawyers, we will work hard to get you the maximum farm accident compensation you deserve.
Your claim for benefits after a farm accident needs to be made within six months of sustaining your injury. Our lawyers can give you an estimate of how long your claim will take to process, however this can vary depending on depending on what evidence you have of the farm accident, the extent of your injuries and whether or not someone’s negligence contributed to your injuries. Claims can take up to two years, so it’s important to consult with one of our expert farm compensation lawyers to get a more accurate estimate of how long your accident claim will take.
When injured at work, you should be able to claim expenses from Workcover and sometimes your employer’s third-party insurer. If you were injured on a farm due to your employers negligence however, you may make a common law personal injury claim. This claim will see you receive additional benefits to what workers compensation would provide you.
If you were injured working on a farm and will be making a workers compensation claim, you will have six months from the date you were injured to lodge this claim. You have three years to lodge a personal compensation claim, if your injuries were due to another person’s negligence.
Even if you are not an Australian citizen you are still entitled to compensation if you are injured while working in the country. Workers can be injured when doing farm work to extend their visas, like picking fruit. If this has happened to you, you are entitled to benefits for medical treatment, loss of income and travel expenses from WorkCover.