What is a farm accident?
A farm can be a dangerous place and are known for poor safety records. If the proper safety regulations are not correctly followed the farm workers can be easily exposed to risks that can cause injuries due to working with animals, machinery, dust and chemicals.
An employer/contracting company has a responsibility to you to ensure you are kept safe while at work. Failing to maintain their duty of care can mean they have put you at unnecessary risk, the consequences of which can be life-changing.
Farm workers are not the only ones who are at risk of sustaining an injury; farms also have guests and visitors including children who are also at risk.
If you have been involved in a farming/agricultural accident within the last three years, that wasn’t your fault; then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.
Why should I claim for a farm accident and how much will I get if I do?
No compensation is the same as another. Therefore, we cannot give you an actual figure on how much you would receive. However, when calculating your compensation any impacts and financial costs to you and your family will be taken into account.
Due to the above, this means your compensation will look to include expenses such as:
- Loss of earning due to time off work
- Travel costs
- Medical treatment
- Other expenses that have been caused due to your injury
Compensation can also consider losses related to hobbies/social activities alongside, the suffering and pain you have experienced.
Farm workers are entitled to agricultural sick pay when they take time off work. Meaning you will get paid, at least, the minimum agricultural wage when taking time off sick. This still may be less than the actual wage you earn but this will also be considered when processing your claim.
Each case will be considered on an individual basis, meaning there is no set amount that you will receive, however, if you want to gain an idea then try our free claims compensation calculator, although you cannot get an exact figure at this stage our calculator will give you an estimated figure.
What are the causes of farming accidents?
Due to a farm have various different hazards there are many different ways an accident can occur, examples being:
- Falls from a height
- Being hit by a falling object
- Dangerous cattle/livestock
- Dangerous machinery
- Grain silos and slurry pits, known to cause suffocation or drowning
- Chemicals/dangerous substances
As well as the above examples a common cause of injury on a farm is due to exposure to loud noises and a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). Also, vibration from arming tools can also cause injuries such as Vibration White Finger.
Don’t worry, if the cause of your accident isn’t listed here but you have been injured as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault in the last three years then you could still be entitled to claim. Call our team today on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form to find out how we can help you.
What types of farm accident injuries can I claim for?
As well as a wide range of injuries that you can sustain, there is also a wide range in severity that can be caused by farming/agricultural accidents.
For example, a slip, trip or fall can lead to a minor injury such as a strain or sprain while exposure to asbestos can lead to life-changing long-term illnesses such as asbestos poisoning.
Regardless of how minor or severe an injury, it isn’t something you deserved to suffer, especially due to someone else’s negligence.
I’ve been diagnosed with “Farmer’s Lung” can I make a claim?
Farmer’s lung, also known as allergic alveolitis, hypersensitivity alveolitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis, is caused by inhaling dust from mouldy crops and/or hay. An allergy builds up over time causing shortness of breath, fever, coughing and chest pains.
It is your employer’s duty to ensure measures are taken to reduce the risk of you contracting farmer’s lung, including taking steps such as providing a dust mask, ensuring crops are properly dried prior to storage and ensuring there is proper ventilation.
If your employer has failed to take the necessary steps to ensure your health and safety isn’t compromised while working for them, then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim. Contact our legal advice team today on 08000 250 250 or fill out our online form and we can give you the help and support you need. And if you’re ready to make a claim, we can get everything set up in one quick and easy phone call.
I want to make a claim, what do I do?
If you want to start your personal compensation claim today then contact our legal advice team, we will be able to guide you further on the process, answer any questions you may have, assess your claim. All of our calls are free and confidential with no-obligation. We can talk you step-by-step through the process of making a claim.
No pressure will ever be put on you to make a claim but if you do decide you want to proceed with our services we can get your claim set up today with one of our experienced specialist solicitors who has a proven success rate.
We can work on your claim on a No Win No Fee basis, so you don’t need to worry about any more financial stress while recovering.