INCREASE IN FARM WORKER INJURY CLAIMS IN QUEENSLAND
Updated: Sep 7, 2021
Increase in Farm Worker Injury Claims in Queensland
There’s a reason why a hard push for workplace and personal safety amongst Australian farms has come about in the past 10 years.
According to Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities published by Safe Work Australia, the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry saw the highest fatality rate at 18.4 per 100,00 workers. (Worksafe QLD, May 2021)
Further, a survey of Agriculture workers in 2009–2009 10 found 17,400 had incurred a work-related injury or illness in the previous 12 months. (Safe Work Australia, 2013).
Needless to say, the agriculture industry is one of the most physically demanding and high-risk fields of work and with that comes a consistently high number injuries occurring on Australian farms.
The cause of farmworker injuries
In short, the greater number of hazards, the greater risk of injury.
Farmworkers face many hazards on a day-to-day basis. These hazards include working with plant and equipment, vehicles, chemicals, noise, dust, sun exposure and working with animals - all of which are generally unavoidable.
Farm workers might be tough but these risks remain ever present.
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim can be brought by any person who’s suffered an injury (physical or psychological) at the fault of someone else… be it in a workplace, in a motor vehicle, in a public or private space or on a farm. The purpose of a claim is to compensate the injured person for the injury and loss suffered.
How to receive compensation for farm injuries, QLD
When accidents occur, it’s important to be aware of your rights to seek compensation.
There are many steps involved in the process and some strict time limits to be aware of.
While a claim can be brought by a person without a lawyer, the process can be daunting for many people, let alone those who have suffered a serious injury.
When considering whether to bring a compensation claim in Queensland, it’s always advisable to engage a reputable personal injury lawyer for the best chance of protecting your rights and safeguarding your future.
A personal injury lawyer will represent you and deal with the relevant insurance companies on your behalf so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Have you been injured (mentally or physically) in Queensland?
If you have any questions about making a personal injury claim discover more through the link below, today.