When is an Allotment Injury Someone Else's Fault?
Avoiding gardening injuries on your allotment will keep your green fingers intact, but what can you do if you’re injured in an accident that wasn't your fault in a public place on your allotment?
There has been an increase in the number of people spending the warmer seasons on their allotment in the UK. The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners have reported 300,000 people have a council allotment, with thousands more renting privately in the UK. For many it is to grow their own produce as a healthier alternative to supermarket veg, others keep livestock such as chickens, and some simply want to get their hands dirty and enjoy a gardening experience in the passable climate.
The potential risks of an accident and injury on an allotment are numerous, from trips and slips to the fights with nettles and bramble bushes, and then there’s blunt gardening equipment – ever seen someone hit in the face by a rake they've trodden on? Ouch.
Whereas the havoc of gardening comes with a risk of minor accidents caused by nature or your own making, what can be done if you were injured through no fault of your own in an accident in a public place or on an allotment that wasn't your fault?
There is no requirement for insurance when renting an allotment. But the site of your rented plot is one of many comprising a patchwork of other allotments with shared public spaces and entrances. Local council authorities are responsible for insuring the public areas of allotments. It is, therefore, the local council's responsibility to maintain the public grounds, as well as the access to and from your allotment.
If you suffer an injury in an accident on one of the paths or other public areas of your allotment, a compensation claim against the council is possible if you can provide evidence of the circumstances. This could include witnesses of the accident or other allotment renters witness to the conditions that caused your accident, for example, a loose paving stone on a public path that has caused you to trip and fall. Furthermore, photographic evidence of the accident site and your injuries may be used in pursuing your claim.
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