If your UTV or sit-on lawnmower tips over, you might try and brush it off. You might do so because you are embarrassed about crashing or because you fear the person you were working for at the time will be angry at you.
Taking this attitude makes it less likely that you will get the medical attention you need, which could have serious long-term consequences for your health and finances.
You will need a medical report to claim compensation
You can only claim for injuries when a doctor says you have those injuries and when you can show they resulted from the particular incident.
For example, you cannot claim for a broken ankle without an X-ray showing it is a break, rather than a sprain or strain.
If you walked away from the crash, cycled home and fell off your bike on the way home, showing the break occurred due to the lawnmower crash, rather than the bicycle fall, might be difficult and result in you being unable to get the compensation you need.
If you never mentioned the lawnmower crash to your employer or anyone else because you were too embarrassed, that will make it more difficult still.
Hence it is always best to do two things straight away if injured while riding a machine:
- Report it
- Get a medical check-up
Doing ensures you identify and date-stamp all your injuries
If you were working, you might be able to claim worker’s compensation. If you discover a fault with the machine led to your injuries, you may be able to pursue a product liability claim.
If you are injured in a UTV or lawnmower accident, consider legal help to ensure you understand all the necessary steps to increase the chance you get the total compensation you need.