A farm machinery accident has left me without the use of my right arm. How much compensation will I be entitled to with Farm Machinery injury Claims?
The compensation rewarded for farm machinery injury claims, as with other claims can be difficult to estimate without specific details of the case in question. The compensation rewarded for every personal injury case is determined by various factors, which differ with each individual claim.
The first factor is that of general damages, which will be determined through the Judicial College Guidelines for General Damages in Personal Injury Cases. This will place a monetary value on your injury in accordance with its nature, location and severity. This figure will then be appropriately adjusted to take the victim’s age, gender and state of health prior to the accident into account.
Farm machinery injury claims will include special damages in order to provide compensation for expenses which have arisen as a direct result of your accident. This can include your medical costs, the price of alternative transport if you are unable to drive, alterations to your home if your injury is particularly serious and loss of income if you are unable to work. Loss of income can be particularly significant if your injuries are serious to the extent that you are unable to return to work.
Loss of amenity may be compensated as part of farm machinery injury claims in order to reflect any decline you have suffered in your livelihood since your accident and injury. This aspect of compensation greatly differs between one claim and another, as no two lifestyles are exactly alike. For instance, if you were an active sportsperson and you can no longer play golf or tennis you may be entitled to compensation for this. Likewise if there are certain household tasks you can no longer perform or if you are no longer able to support your children in extracurricular activities this may also be included in your payment. However if your recreational habit involved sitting in front of the TV all day you will be entitled to a lower amount of loss of amenity as this particular pastime is unlikely to be affected greatly.
Compensation for farm injury claims can also be rewarded for any emotional trauma you have suffered because of your accident. This can be due to the nature of the accident itself or the distress caused while recovering from your injuries. However a psychological injury must first be verified by a qualified psychologist before compensation is rewarded.
It is important to contact a personal injury lawyer at the earliest opportunity in order to get a precise figure on the compensation to which you may be entitled. This is particularly crucial if you receive an unsolicited offer of compensation from the insurance company of the negligent party. As claimants are often undercompensated with such offers, you are advised to contact a personal injury lawyer without delay to find out more about your farm machinery injury claim.