The widow and personal representative of the estate of a man (X) who died in December 2017, aged 49, received £420,343 for the brain injury he suffered whilst using farm equipment at work although liability was disputed. He suffered cognitive impairment, left-sided hemiparesis, partial loss of sight, a change of personality and epilepsy and he died following a seizure.
On 8 April 2016 X, who carried out work for the defendants (D), was instructed by D to use a tractor and tow chain to retrieve a tractor stuck in mud. The tractor had become stuck when pulling a seed drill. X and a colleague used two tow chains to attach their tractor to the stuck tractor and the drill. When X began to tow the machines, one of the chains was not strong enough and so it snapped and whiplashed into X's cab where it struck him on the head.
As a result of the accident, X experienced cognitive impairment, left-sided hemiparesis, loss of sight in the right eye and a facial injury. His personality also changed.
X was unable to return to work and developed epilepsy. On 27 December 2017 he suffered a seizure and subsequently died, aged 49.
Following the accident, the Claimant, as the widow and personal representative of X's estate, instructed a specialist personal injury solicitor to pursue a claim for compensation. The Claimant alleged that D was negligent in failing to take reasonable care of X's health and safety in the course of his employment, in particular, in failing to provide both a safe system of work and adequate plant and equipment.
Liability was disputed although an out of Court settlement was eventually agreed in the sum of £420,343.
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