Farm Accident Claims
According to the Health and Safety Executive, agriculture is the most dangerous industry in the UK. There are a wide variety of accidents that can occur on a farm or in an agricultural setting. Farm accident claims are a common type of workplace compensation claim.
If you have been involved in an accident on a farm that has occurred because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
The solicitors at Jefferies are on-hand to advise whether or not you have a potential claim. Call us today on 0800 342 3206 or get in touch online for a no-obligation conversation about your accident.
Typical farming accidents
- Incidents with by farm machinery
- Accidents that occur as a result of incorrect or lack of training on the use of farming equipment e.g. driving a tractor
- Exposure to harmful chemicals
- Slipping and falling accidents
- Accidents in a slurry pit or silo
- Manual handling accidents
- Incidents involving livestock
When proper health and safety procedures aren’t in place, farms can be extremely dangerous places to work.
As with all other kinds of workplace accidents, the owner of a farm or your employer has a duty of care to protect its employees. This means they must provide the correct and relevant training, a safe working environment and allow employees to take required breaks.
Claiming for an accident on a farm
Farm accident claims often involve someone who has suffered severe physical injuries. Unfortunately, serious injuries usually mean that the individual is unable to carry on working and cause a great deal of pain and suffering. It is highly like that there will financial and emotional losses associated with the injury.
Claimants are entitled to claim compensation for these losses as well as any expenses which they have incurred in relation to their injury. In almost all personal injury cases, you have a 3-year window in which to make a claim. Because of this, it’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
We recently helped a client claim a six-figure settlement after they suffered an injury on a farm working with livestock, take a look at the case here.
AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION IN farm accident claims
All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. The amount of compensation that is awarded is determined by looking at two distinct factors – general damages and special damages.
The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity.
Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details relating to your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded, which will then be put forward to the opposing side and the judge.
However, compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. Therefore, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your accident/injuries.TRY THE ONLINE ELIGIBILITY CHECKER
HOW DOES THE CLAIMS PROCESS WORK?
At Jefferies Solicitors, once we have carried out an initial consultation, we will take care of the paperwork required to get your case underway.
A letter will be sent to you following an initial consultation with your solicitor. It will highlight who will be your contact and estimate how long the process will take. The letter will also detail how you will be funding the case and an estimate of costs. If you need to provide any further information this will also be included.
A letter will then be sent to the defendant, providing details of the accident. The defendant has a fixed period in which they can reply and in their reply, they must state whether or not they are denying or accepting liability for your injuries. If they do accept liability, your solicitor will endeavour to settle the case out of court.
Making a farm accident personal injury claim
Have you suffered as a result of an agricultural or farming accident at work? Do you believe that the accident was a result of negligence? If the answer to both of these questions is ‘Yes’, get in touch with Jefferies today.
Start your compensation claim with Jefferies Solicitors today. You can either call us free on 0800 342 3206 or enquire online and one of our team will be in touch with you to discuss your potential personal injury claim in more detail, on an informal and confidential basis.
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