If a tractor injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward
Tractor accidents, particularly in agricultural settings, can be serious. Compensation claims typically consider medical expenses, potential long-term disability, and loss of livelihood.
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a tractor accident, we can help. If your injuries were caused by your employer or a co-worker, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
You can make a work accident compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
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With around 9,000 agriculture workers injured every year, you are not alone
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) describes agriculture as one of most dangerous industries.
HSE records show that almost one agricultural worker a week was killed during the last ten years. The biggest causes of fatal and serious accidents in agriculture are moving and overturning vehicles. Tractor drivers are particularly at risk as tractors tend to be driven on steep and slippery inclines.
Agricultural workers who drive tractors must receive appropriate training on the safe use of their vehicle. The tractor itself must be in good working order, regularly checked and appropriately maintained.
If injury is sustained by an agricultural worker in a tractor accident, where the above precautions have not been taken, a personal injury compensation claim may be made.
If you decide to make a tractor accident injury claim, your work accident solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you deserve.
Am I entitled to make a tractor injury claim?
In general, you can claim compensation if you were hurt:
- in the last 3 years, and;
- another person or organisation was to blame, and;
- they owed you duty of care.
Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.
Is a claim still possible if I was partly responsible for my injury?
Understanding who is legally at fault for an accident often requires navigating through a maze of legal complexities.
Each year, Quittance carries out a survey of potential claimants. In our 2023 Work Injury Claimant Survey, 26.02% of injured workers felt they might be at least partly to blame for their injuries.
Even if you think you might be partly liable, you could still be eligible to make a claim. With workplace injuries, it's possible to claim compensation from your employer, regardless of whether your own actions or those of a colleague contributed to your injury.
How much compensation can I claim for a tractor accident injury?
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the seriousness of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.
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General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages is compensation for quantifiable financial losses you've incurred as a result of your tractor injury. Compensation can include loss of earnings, and any additional expenses directly related to your injury.
These damages will also cover any medical or treatment bills, such as emergency care, diagnostic imaging tests, surgical intervention and physiotherapy.
The psychological impact of work injuries
If you have suffered psychological harm as a result of an accident at work, you are not alone.
Our 2023 Work Injury Claimant Survey reveals the extent of psychological trauma, with 25.03% of claims involving a psychological injury, 62.38% of which related to a physical injury.
The psychological effects of a work injury can have a devastating impact on your physical recovery and return to work. Some injured workers may be reluctant to seek help for psychological harm, fearing stigma or a disregard of their trauma.
Factoring compensation for psychological harm will ensure you receive mental health support and other therapies that may not be readily available on the NHS in your area.
Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.
Tractor accidents on a farm
Tractor accidents on farms can cause serious injuries.
The legal Regulations covering the safety of farm workers using tractors are:
Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
These regulations place a duty of care on farm employers to ensure the safety of their workers. The Regulations include a stipulation that vehicles should be able to move around the working environment safely.
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
These regulations outline best practice on the provision of training in the use of work related equipment (including vehicles, such as tractors). The Regulations also stipulate that work related equipment must be properly maintained, and in good working order.
Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022
These regulations came into force on 6 April 2022. Employers have an obligation to provide free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all workers, including workers who are self-employed or on a zero-hours contract.
Under the previous 1992 regulations, employers were only required to provide PPE to employees with a formal employment contract.
If you are injured at work and your employer failed to provide you with suitable PPE, you may be entitled to claim compensation - even if you are self-employed.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
The HSE provides further advice to ensure tractors are safe to drive:
- Vehicles should be safety checked daily - particularly the braking systems
- Faults should be repaired immediately
- Seat-belts should be fitted in the vehicle cab - and tractor drivers should be using them
- Roll-over protective structures (ROPS) should be fitted to the vehicle if there is a risk of overturning
- Loads attached to the vehicle should be safety checked and appropriately counter-balanced (to reduce roll-over risk)
Tractor accidents can cause injury to the tractor driver and adjacent workers. Both tractor drivers and adjacent workers who are injured in tractor accidents may be able to make compensation claims.
If a farm employer is proven to have been negligent in their duty of care, the employer may be held liable to pay personal injury compensation.
Tractor accidents on the road
Tractors on public roads can be involved in collision accidents with cars and other vehicles. Because tractors are large and heavy vehicles, tractor accidents can result in severe personal injury.
Where injury has been sustained, a claim for personal injury compensation can be made by all parties involved in the accident.
Responsibility for the accident may be proven to lie with one party entirely, or be split between the parties.
In tractor accidents on public roads, claimants would make their claim against the insurer of the liable party (the defendant).
How did your injury happen?
The compensation claims process will depend on where and how your tractor accident injury occurred. Click the icons below for more information:
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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.