One of the steps leading up to the cabin of the tractor at work is broken. I tripped on it hitting my head off the metal edge of the driver’s seat. I would like to make an injury claim for an accident on a farm tractor and want to know the process involved.
The process an injury claim for an accident on a farm tractor follows is the same as the majority of work-related injury claims. The circumstances surrounding the accident as well as the nature and extent of the injury are all factors that will affect your eligibility to claim.
You must first establish who is to blame for your injury, as the accident occurred at work this is most likely going to be your employer. He/she must provide adequate safety equipment and a safe working environment; this includes ensuring that the machinery you use in your job is well-maintained. You will need to demonstrate that your employer’s negligence resulted in the incident in order to successfully make an injury claim for an accident on a farm tractor.
To do this you will need substantial evidence. It is vital that you receive professional medical care for your back injury, a failure to do so could compromise the amount of compensation you are entitled to claim as the negligent party’s insurers may allege you exacerbated your injury by not seeking appropriate care.
It is advised that you make an entry of the incident in your employer’s ‘Accident Report Book’ and consult a personal injury solicitor. Generally, once you make a record of the incident your employer’s insurance company is notified as it is common for insurers to stipulate in its policy that it must be alerted when an incident is recorded in ‘Accident Report Book’.
If the insurers believe it is liable for your injury, it may make you an early offer of compensation. In return for money upfront, the offer is usually lower than what could be attained by further pursuing an injury claim for an accident on a farm tractor.
Therefore it is in your best interest to refer any offer of compensation for your injury claim for an accident on a farm tractor to a personal injury solicitor to ensure you are not undercompensated for your injuries.