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How To Claim Compensation For Farming Injuries29th Jul 2020

by Peter Graves on 29th Jul 2020

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Farming’s Poor Safety Record

Agriculture and forestry had the worst safety record of any industry in 2019. The number of injuries per 100,000 workers far outstripped those in construction, mining and the auto trade.

In 2019 more than 14,000 farm workers were injured – 32 fatally – following accidents in agriculture and forestry.

Most of those who died were either were hit by moving vehicles, injured by animals or fell from a height. Others were struck by moving or falling objects or trapped when something collapsed or overturned.

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Fatal Accidents On Farms

A 57-year-old self-employed contractor was run over and killed by a telehandler being reversed by a farmer. The worker had been helping to scrape pig muck out of the pens. The telehandler was manoeuvred inside the building, crushing the worker.

A 32-year-old farm worker died after getting crushed between the chassis of a sprayer and its rear wheel. He had been spraying a field and had left the tractor, engine running, to check a fault.

A 53-year-old self-employed farmer fell through a skylight while he was replacing broken roof panels on a barn. He died from head injuries.

A 27-year-old forestry worker died after he was struck by a falling branch. He was felling trees with a chainsaw and dislodged a branch from another tree. He died in hospital after sustaining serious head injuries.


Causes Of Non-Fatal Farming Injuries

Slips, trips and falls accounted for 21% of all injury accidents on farms in 2019. Even these simple accidents can result in broken bones and soft tissue injuries – with serious consequences: pain, long-term impairments and lost earnings due to time off work.

A fifth of all non-fatal farming injuries were caused by livestock and other animals: bites, kicks or trampling.

Other causes include falls from height (such as from barn lofts or grain silos); lifting and carrying heavy objects; being hit by falling objects; contact with machinery.

Farm machinery is large, powerful and potentially dangerous. Reckless shortcuts and lack of training can lead all too easily to accidents – especially if the machinery has not been properly maintained and is being operated in wet, muddy and challenging conditions.


How Much Could I Claim For My Injuries?

Compensation payouts vary greatly depending on:

  • the severity of your injuries and how long the effects last
  • what impact your injuries have on your long-term health and quality of life
  • loss of earnings and your ability to provide for your loved ones.

Our personal injury solicitors can value your claim for you. They will carry out a series of calculations based on legally recognised sources such as the Judicial College Guidelines and the Ogden Tables.

Typical examples of injuries payouts can include:

  • Brain injury
    - very severe brain injury – millions of pounds (for accidents which leave victims requiring round-the-clock care)
    - severe brain injury, £380,000 
    - less severe brain injury, £15,000-£40,000 
  • Loss of both legs (severe injuries resulting in double amputation), £264,000
  • Arm(s) lost in machinery
    - (amputated below elbow) £102,000
    - (amputated above elbow) £122,860
    - (both arms) £128,710.


Compensation For Fatal Injuries

Compensation for loss of life – due to a farm injury or any other accident – varies even more than damages for non-fatal injuries.

No amount of money can ever compensate you for the loss of a loved one. But it can at least help to secure the financial future of those left behind grieving.

Compensation is based on a number of factors including:

  • how old the person was when they died
  • how much they were earning at the time (and how much they would have earned, had they lived)
  • how many dependents they leave behind and their needs.

Farming is not renowned for its high wages. But damages could rise well into six figures for a young farmer earning a good wage if he/she died leaving behind a number of dependents.     


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Coles Miller handles all injury accident claims on a No Win No Fee basis – so there is no financial risk to you. Find out more here.


Get Expert Legal Advice 

Contact Coles Miller personal injury lawyer Peter Graves for more information about farming and forestry injury accident claims.