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Farming Injuries and Serious Bodily Harm

Those who work in farming or in agriculture will be all too familiar with the risks involved, not only are there the dangers of working with living animals, but the tools and machinery used can also pose a potential hazard for employees.

Through big machinery and different animals, farm accidents can be a common occurrence, like construction site workers, workers are also exposed to high risks of injuries and farming accidents.

If you, a family member or friend have suffered injuries whilst on a farm, through no fault of your own, you may be able to make farm accident claims. To find out more you can call us for free on 0800 or fill out our online claim form.

Farm Injury Quadriplegic

Certain farm injuries can sometimes lead to victims experiencing threatening lifelong injuries which can not only affect their health but their livelihood.

Paralysis can mean the loss of use of one or both sides of the body, two or all four of the limbs, the degree of paralysis varies depending on the level of injury to the spinal cord. Quadriplegic refers to the paralysis of all four limbs. An individual’s movement may be affected in their fingers, arms, legs or toes, and it can be permanent or temporary. In some cases, damage to the lower spine could result in paraplegia and the damage to the vertebra can mean loss of movement from the neck down.

Generally, injuries such as paralysis tend to be caused by a serious accident. This can be anything from a road vehicle accident or in a work environment such as falling from a height to being crushed by heavy machinery on a farm. In cases, such as these, proving negligence can be fairly straightforward. For instance, if the employer did not have the correct safety procedures put in place and was therefore responsible for the accident through negligence.

If you have been a victim of serious bodily harm within the farming environment and the injuries sustained were caused by someone else’s negligence, then you can make a claim for compensation, a specialist personal injury solicitor will be able to guide you through the process. With over 20 years of experience dealing with complex and often legally challenging personal injury cases, our team of highly skilled personal injury solicitors specialise in serious injuries such as serious bodily harm and paralysis.

Limbs caught in machinery

To avoid farming accidents involving agricultural machinery, farming vehicles or other equipment, it is vital that they are well maintained. Employees should be aware of the rules and regulations, and as well as how to use the equipment safely for the protection of themselves and any third parties present. Employers have the responsibility to ensure this is carried out, with adequate training and equipment being provided as well as the necessary checks and procedures being put in place.

Many farm machines have dangerous parts such as drive shafts, belts, elevators, augers, conveyors and other moving components which cut, slice or process resources. If an individual’s limbs were to get caught, then serious injuries would arise, therefore it is essential that they are properly guarded.

Losing an arm, a leg, a sensory or significant organ can create both physical and emotional suffering which can be difficult to overcome. Dismemberment is the action of cutting off a person or animals limbs.

Dismemberment and mutilation injuries change a person's life, if you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by another person's negligence, you should get experienced legal help and seek to guard your civil rights as you can receive compensation and guidance for your injuries and accident.

Fatal accidents

The hazard and fatality rate in agriculture and farming is higher than any other economic sector. According to the HSA, a high percentage of all fatal workplace accidents occur in agriculture, despite a small proportion of the workforce being employed in farming. Recent statistics have shown that the main causes of a fatal injury within the agricultural sector were either:

  • Contact with machinery
  • Fall from a height
  • Transport-related
  • Injured by an animal
  • Drownings or asphyxiations