Farm and Agricultural Accident Claims

Farming and agriculture has one of the highest rates of fatal and non-fatal injuries across all UK sectors. If you’ve suffered an accident in this industry, you could be able to make a claim.


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Common farming accidents

Farms are dangerous places. Vehicles, heavy machinery and unpredictable animals can all lead to major accidents at work, which can cause significant injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found that 20 people lost their lives in farming accidents in 2019/20. The agriculture industry also saw the highest rate of non-fatal injuries to workers in 2018/19, at 4,110 injuries per 100,000 workers. And with 472,000 people working in agriculture, that's a significant number of injuries.

Some of the most common accidents on farms include:

There are also further risks to farm workers that come in the form of confined spaces. These include fuel storage tanks, grain silos and slurry pits. These can result in drowning, asphyxiation or exposure to toxic gases.

As well as injuries, farm and agricultural workers are also at risk of work-related illnesses. The National Agricultural Safety Database (NASD) has highlighted that farm workers suffer from higher rates of respiratory diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, skin disorders, certain forms of cancer, chemical toxicity and heat-related illnesses.

Preventing farming accidents

To avoid accidents, employers should ensure that they follow all established health and safety guidance. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers assess the risk present in their workplaces.

The law also requires that all employers take every reasonably practicable step to avoid accidents at work. This means your employer should make sure that they are doing everything in their power to reduce the possibility of an accident.

They should also ensure all workers are fully trained. You and your colleagues should be able to confidently carry out the tasks required of you, knowing that you have been trained in the safest and most efficient way of doing so.

You can also help to prevent agricultural accidents by ensuring you are working as safely as possible. Don’t cut corners and if you see your colleagues working to an unsafe standard, address it with your employer.

Making a farm accident claim

We understand that making a claim against your employer can be a sensitive issue. You don’t want to damage your working relationship or endanger your employment. But there are some facts that might reassure you.

All employers are required to have certain insurance policies in place. This means that you won’t be claiming directly your employer, but rather against their insurer.

Employers are also prohibited from ending your employment because you have made a farm accident claim. If they do, they will then be liable for further legal action.

Why should I make a farming accident claim?

Farming is physical work. If you’ve been injured in the course of your duties, you might not be able to carry them out. This means that you might end up losing out on work and potentially earnings.

Making a compensation claim could help you deal with the impact your injury could have on your finances. It could help you pay for any medical treatment you need, particularly if you have to have ongoing treatment.

A claim could also help to draw your employer’s attention to the issue that caused your accident. If work was being carried out unsafely or someone’s negligence was to blame for your injury, your employer could then be alerted to it and address it. This could help stop it happening to anyone else.

How long do I have to claim?

In most cases of an accident at work, you’ll have three years to make a claim for compensation. There are certain exceptions to this rule, though, so get in touch to discuss your farm accident.

Although three years sounds like a long time, it’s advisable to start the claims process as soon as possible. This makes it easier to access your medical records, as well as any evidence of the accident. This could include your employer’s accident book, any CCTV or photographs.

You and any witnesses to your accident could also find it easier to remember the details of what happened. This could help your solicitor present the strongest case possible.

How much compensation will I receive?

Every accident and injury is different. That means that without discussing your case with you, it’s difficult to say exactly what you could be entitled to in compensation.

For a rough idea of what you might receive for your injury, visit our compensation calculator. Or just get in touch with us and our claims advisors will talk you through your injury. Your solicitor could then let you know how much compensation you could receive for a successful claim.

The compensation you’re awarded will cover the pain and suffering you’ve been through, as well as any financial losses you’ve experienced as a direct result of your injury.

This means you should ensure you keep any evidence of money you’ve spent on addressing your injury. This includes things like proof of travel to and from medical appointments, any medication or treatment like physiotherapy.

What should I do after a farming accident?

The most important thing to do after a farming accident is to get medical treatment. You might not realise how severe your injury is until you get checked over by a healthcare professional.

Once you’ve had the treatment you need and you’re on your way to recovery, you could then start thinking about making a claim for compensation.

Our accident claim service is there to get you the compensation you’re entitled to in order to help you get back into the position you were in before your injury. To find out how our specialist personal injury solicitors can help you, just get in touch with our friendly and understanding claims advisors.

To speak to us, just give us a call, request a call back or start your claim online. This isn’t something you should face alone.


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