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Farm accident claims advice: When it feels wrong, we help our customers to make it right

Farms can be dangerous places. Working with heavy machinery, animals and with frequent exposure to dust and chemicals can cause injuries and illnesses, especially if the proper safety regulations haven't been followed.

Your employer or the company you're contracted by has a responsibility to ensure that you're kept as safe as possible while you're at work on the farm. If they've failed to uphold their duty of care and they've put you at risk, the consequences can be life-changing.

But it's not just farm workers who are at risk of injury; guests and visitors to farms are also at risk, as well as children.

If you or your loved one has been injured in an agricultural accident within the last three years and it wasn't your fault, then it's likely we can help you.

You can get in touch with our friendly, legally trained advisors by requesting a callback for free, helpful advice with no obligation to claim. All calls with us are confidential, and our advisors will be happy to let you know whether you can claim.

What are the reasons behind common farm accidents?

There are many different hazards on farms which can cause you to become injured. Below are some examples:

  • Dangerous machinery, such as tractors and forklift trucks.
  • Cattle and livestock.
  • Falls from height.
  • Falling objects, for example in stores or warehouses.
  • Chemicals and dangerous substances.
  • Grain silos and slurry pits, which can cause drowning or asphyxiation (suffocation).
  • Being exposed to high levels of noise without the proper hearing protection can also cause agricultural injuries, as can the vibration caused by farm tools.

If the cause of your accident isn't listed here, don't worry. If you've been injured in the last three years and it wasn't your fault, then there's a good chance we can help you. You can call us for free on to find out whether we think you have a claim.

Agricultural accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries which may vary hugely in severity. This can range from a strain or sprain due to a slip, trip or fall, to serious injuries with life-changing consequences.

Exposure to asbestos may lead to long-term illness such as asbestos poisoning, while contaminants and chemicals can lead to painful conditions like dermatitis.

We don't believe you deserve to suffer the impacts of any farm injuries, especially if it was caused due to someone else's negligent behaviour. That's why we're here to help you to get the compensation you deserve.

Farmer's lung

Farmer's lung is also known as allergic alveolitis, hypersensitivity alveolitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

It's caused by breathing in the dust from mouldy hay or crops; over time people can become allergic to this mould. Symptoms of farmer's lung can include shortness of breath, fever, coughing and chest pains.

Your employer should take measures to reduce the risk of farmer's lung. This includes providing proper ventilation, making sure the crops are dried properly before storage and providing you with a dust mask. If they've failed to do this, then you may be able to make a compensation claim.

Can I claim if I was injured by farm machinery?

Farm equipment accidents can be particularly hazardous and result in serious injuries. If you were injured as a result of faulty farm machinery or being made to use equipment without the proper training, you could make a compensation claim. 

Our team of legally trained advisors are well versed in personal injury law. To discuss the unique circumstances of your farm equipment accident, request a callback today.

Accidents at work can range from minor to totally life changing. Getting the care that you need is the first step to recovery. Even if your injury seems minor, there could be unseen internal damage that could cause complications. See your GP as soon as you can or go to A&E immediately if needed.

Will I lose my job if I make a claim?

No, you won't lose your job if you make a farm-related accident claim in the UK. The law says employers are not allowed to dismiss staff when they make a personal injury claim against the business. 

We know how hard it can be to claim against an employer you are loyal to. You might be worried about creating added expense for your boss or hitting the business with a claim it can't afford.

Don't worry. Employers in the UK are required to obtain the correct liability insurance for their business. If you make a claim against your employer, the insurance should be sufficient to cover your claim amount.

Many people believe that if you're self-employed then you can't make a claim for an agricultural accident at work, but this isn't true.

Farm workers are often self-employed and are contracted by bigger businesses. If the business you're working for has control over your working environment and has failed to take the appropriate measures to keep you safe, then they're still responsible for your accident and you may be able to make a compensation claim. The same goes if you're working part-time or even on a zero hours contract.

For more information, or to find out whether you have a claim, you can get in touch with our advisors for confidential and no-obligation advice on .

What can farm accident compensation pay for?

When calculating the amount of compensation owed to you, the solicitor we pair you with will take into account any impacts or financial costs to you and your family.

This means your compensation could cover the expenses of:

  • Time off work
  • Medical treatment
  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation
  • Care
  • And any other expenses caused by your injury.

Your compensation could also reimburse you for being unable to enjoy your usual hobbies or social activities, as well as the pain and suffering you've experienced.

If you're a farm worker and you've had to take time off work, then you're entitled to agricultural sick pay.

This means you should be paid at least the agricultural minimum wage when off work sick. Despite this, it's likely that this is less than your normal wage and this will be considered when making your claim.

What is the average farm accident claim pay-out?

Our solicitors consider each case on an individual basis, which means we can't tell you exactly how much you'll receive before starting your claim. But you can use our free compensation calculator to get a guideline figure of the amount you may be able to receive, based on cases similar to yours.

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How do I start a farm accident claim?

Starting a claim with us is simple. The first step is to get in touch with our legally trained advisors on , or if you'd prefer, you can fill in our simple online form below to request a callback.

Your call with us is free and confidential and we'll take you through the agricultural accident claims process step by step, so you know exactly what to expect. We'll talk with you about your experience and can let you know whether we think you can make a claim.

We'll never pressure you into making a claim - it's entirely your decision. If you do decide you'd like to go ahead, we'll connect you with one of our specialist solicitors and can usually transfer you to them on the same call if that suits you.

What will happen when I make a claim?

Should you decide to make your claim, your solicitor will negotiate with your employer's insurers on your behalf so that you can get the full amount of compensation you deserve for your agricultural accident

We aim to keep the process as straightforward and stress-free as possible, cutting out the legal jargon and finding the right solicitor for your case so you have one less thing to worry about. 

We are with you every step of the way to offer advice, support and help you understand the finer details of your case.

How long do I have to make a claim?

In most cases, you will have three years from the date of your agricultural accident to make a claim for compensation. Under certain circumstances, however, the three-year claim limit might be extended. 

If you were left physically or psychologically unable to make a claim, you may have longer. You would likely be given three years from the date of your recovery, which is the date a doctor certifies you as physically or mentally well enough to claim. 

If you would like to know more about the time limits for compensation claims or you are approaching the end of your three-year claim period, request a callback or call our friendly, knowledgeable team on today.

Frequently asked questions...

Proving liability in a claim is about establishing blame in four key areas. 

Duty: did the party you hold responsible for your injury owe you a legal duty of care?  

Breach: did they breach that duty by acting (or failing to act) in a particular way?  

Causation: did their actions (or absence of them) cause your injuries? 

Damages: were you injured by their actions or inactions? 

Quite simply, yes. If you’re thinking of making a claim on behalf of a friend or loved one, then it’s likely we can help you.

To find out more information please visit our claiming on behalf of someone else page.

No. National Accident Helpline is a brand that belongs to the personal injury legal practice National Accident Law. We’re regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the independent professional ethics body that licenses all solicitors in England and Wales. Our SRA number is 655606.

Claims management companies (CMCs) are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). CMCs do not have their own legal practices. 

We process personal injury claims as part of National Accident Law. We also work with a national network of specialist personal injury legal firms who we vet very carefully to provide you with the best possible customer experience.

With us, you’re in safe and highly-capable hands.

Can I make a no win no fee claim?

Yes. In fact, many farm accident compensation claims are made on a no win no fee agreement. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to claim as there are no initial financial costs for you to worry about. 

When you make a no win no fee claim, you will only pay your legal fees if your case is successful. This will usually be a pre-arranged percentage of your claim award with no hidden fees. 

Unfortunately, there are some circumstances under which you might not be able to make a no win no fee claim - but this is very rare in our experience. If that's the case, our farm accident legal experts will let you know as soon as possible so you can decide what to do next.

Here at National Accident Helpline, we have over years_since years' experience helping people who've been injured due to someone else's negligence. We have helped many satisfied customers over the years - earning an ‘Excellent' rating from consumer reviews on Trustpilot.

To see how we can help you with your personal farm injury claim, simply fill out the callback form below and one of our legally trained advisors will be in touch.

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