Like any employer, landscape gardening companies have a duty of care to those who work for them. Whether it is ensuring that people have the right training and equipment to do the job they are tasked with or ensuring conditions are suitable to do a particular job, injuries in the industry are not uncommon.
If you work for a landscape gardening business and have been injured because of negligence on the part of your employer, you can potentially claim compensation through the courts.
Common Landscaping Accidents
Like any physical job involving things like heavy lifting and using machinery, landscaping, and gardening, in general, can be hazardous. Some of the injuries we see regularly include:
- Falls: One of the most common injuries we see is a fall from a height, whether from a tree, a ladder or a garden roof. Falls may sound simple, but they can have a huge impact, especially if there is a spinal injury that affects mobility.
- Faulty equipment: Landscape gardeners use a wide range of equipment that can be potentially dangerous from hand saws and sheers to commercial diggers. If you are not trained to use that equipment or it isn’t maintained to a high enough standard, your employer could be liable in a compensation claim if you have an injury when using it.
- Toxic substances: Landscapers also come into contact with a variety of toxic substances, whether that’s through particular species of plants or substances such as fertiliser or weed killer that are routinely used.
- Slips and trips: There is a range of slips and trips that regularly occur in landscaping businesses at all times of the year. At their most severe, these can cause significant injuries and even, in some cases, spinal and brain damage.
When to Contact a Personal Injury Solicitor
If you have been injured within the last three years while working for a landscaping firm, you may have the right to take legal action and claim compensation if the accident was due to negligence on the part of your employer.
This could include putting you in a dangerous situation or not providing enough training to handle certain types of equipment. It could include making you work in conditions that are not conducive to operating safely such as when it’s extremely wet or very icy.
A personal injury lawyer will be able to look at your case and make an initial assessment of whether a compensation claim will succeed. They can then offer what is called a no win no fee service which means you don’t have to find the upfront cost of litigation. Your legal fees are taken out of the final settlement and only if the claim is successful.
Personal injury compensation can help with problems such as lost income due to your accident, paying for rehabilitation and even for the psychological damage that has been caused.
You may, for instance, need to make adjustments to your home so you can live independently following your accident. You might also get compensation for lost income, especially if your injury means you can no longer work at the same level as before.
If you have recently been injured at work due to your employer’s negligence, it’s worth contacting a local personal injury solicitor to see if you can make a claim.