I sustained knee ligament damage after falling on a farm and would like to make a farm injury claim. What steps should I take?
A successful farm injury claim will demonstrate that the injury sustained by the claimant was caused by the negligence of a third party who owed them a duty of care. The process for personal injury claim is usually quite standard although you should also speak with your personal injury lawyer to investigate if there is any unique about your farm injury claim that you should be aware of.
Health should always be your number one priority in this instance, evidence that you sought prompt medical care could have a significant bearing on your claim for compensation as a record of the injury in your medical history will be required if you are to successfully make a claim. Furthermore, it will mean the negligent party cannot allege your injury was not serious enough to require immediate medical care.
Assuming you have received prompt medical care you should discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident with a personal injury lawyer and following on from that it is recommended that you make a note of the incident in the farm owner’s ‘Accident Report Book’. It is important that you have your farm injury claim evaluated by a personal injury lawyer as frequently, insurance companies approach claimants with a direct offer of compensation after the injury has been noted in the employer’s ‘Accident Report Book’.
A direct or unsolicited offer of compensation should always be referred to a personal injury lawyer. A failure to do so on your behalf may leave you exposed to the risk of being under compensated for your injury. Insurers rarely have your best interests at heart when they approach you directly with a compensation offer and it is possible they will not have carried out a full assessment of your claim meaning you could be left in a precarious financial position in the future by accepting their offer upfront. Therefore it is best advised that you speak with a personal injury lawyer to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to for your farm injury claim.