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Farming and Agricultural Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation?

By Michael Patrick. Last Updated 21st June 2024. Welcome to our guide on farm accident claims and farm accident compensation. On this page, you will find information on making farming accident claims and agricultural accident claims. Throughout the duration of this guide, we shall be covering the accidents that cause them, and the process for claiming damages. The guide is aimed at providing people who have suffered an injury caused by an accident on a farm, with all the information they need to understand how their legal team will make the claim.

If you prefer, you can skip reading this guide entirely and contact our team to begin making a claim. To do this, simply call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today, and we will take it from there.

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A Guide To Farm Accident And Injuries

The farm is legally obligated to take proper care to avoid causing foreseeable harm to both employees and visitors. This is what is known as a ‘duty of care’. Should this duty be breached by the farm and you sustain injuries in a farming accident, you could be eligible for compensation.

Farming Accidents At Work

If you are an employee at the farm, your employer must take reasonably practicable steps to ensure your health, safety and welfare while you are carrying out your work duties. This is the duty of care as set under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). Should your employer fail to adhere to all relevant health and safety legislation and you sustain an injury, you could be eligible to make a farm accident claim.

For example, if there is a blockage in a harvester and you have not been appropriately trained in how to remove it, but you are expected to do so, you could suffer an arm amputation. Your employer must ensure that you are sufficiently trained for any work tasks you are expected to carry out.

Farming Accidents For Visitors

If you are a visitor at a farm, the business or individual in control of the farm, also known as the occupier, must ensure you are reasonably safe if you are using that space for its intended purpose. This is the duty of care set out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Should a breach in this duty occur and you sustain injuries in a farming accident, you could be eligible to make a farm accident compensation claim.

For example, if you trip on a trailing wire, you could break your arm. Occupiers should ensure that any spaces accessible to members of the public are clean and clear of clutter.

Direct any questions about farming accident claims to a member of our advisory team. They can check your eligibility to claim and if you meet the criteria, could help you get one started today.

What Injuries And Accidents Can Happen On A Farm?

There are many ways that a person, either a worker or a person visiting, can be injured on a farm leading to them needing a personal injury solicitor to make a farm accident claim on their behalf. In a further section, we will detail the most common accidents and injuries leading to farm or agricultural accident claims.

Farms can be dangerous working environments. Heavy equipment such as tractors and bailers are a danger in their own right. Even the farm buildings can be dangerous, for example, people frequently fall into silage silos and die. Furthermore, most farms use a wide range of chemicals that can be dangerous to humans. And then, of course, there are farm animals, which pose a whole different type of threat.

If you have suffered an injury following an accident on a farm, please call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of this page to begin your farm accident claim or to speak about farming accident claims with one of our helpful and friendly advisers.

Farm Injury And Death Statistics

Within this section of the guide, we wanted to take a moment to outline so critical statistics in relation to agriculture and farming accidents. However, please note that the information provided is not in direct relation to negligence.

As outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the agriculture and farming industry is one of the riskiest and has the worst injury rate per 100,000.  Figures provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that there were 21 people that died as a result of farming or agriculture-related activities.

It was outlined by the HSE that half of the accidents listed above-involved 55-year-olds or older, and the youngest person that was fatally wounded was 4-years old. If you have suffered a farm injury, and want to discuss farming accident claims, then Legal Expert is there for you. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out how we can help with making farm and agricultural accident claims.

How Can Farmers Prevent Accidents And Injuries?

Above, we explained many of the risks involved in farming, that could lead to a worker or member of the public to begin the farm accident claims process. We also explained how UK Health & Safety regulations are in place to mitigate many of these risks, reducing the number of accidents that might lead to agricultural accident claims. These guidelines cover safety issues such as:

  • Training – making sure that all farmworkers are trained properly to do the jobs they are asked to do. This also includes making sure that the drivers of farm vehicles such as tractors are not only trained but also qualified in driving the vehicle.
  • Risk assessments- ensuring that any risks to workers are identified and removed or reduced.
  • Maintenance – making sure that all farm machinery, equipment and vehicles are maintained properly, to ensure that the chance of accidents at work caused by equipment is as low as possible.
  • Storage – making sure that all chemicals which could be harmful to farmworkers are stored correctly and safely.
  • Animal care – making sure that the farm animals and livestock are cared for properly, and that they have a proper environment to live in, making them much safer to handle.

Ultimately, your employer has a duty of care to ensure your safety as far as is reasonably possible while you’re working. Failure of them to do so could be grounds for a claim.

Legal Expert is a team of agricultural and farm machinery accident claims solicitors, that can give you expert agriculture and farming accident claims advice. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to begin a claim.

What Are The Top 10 Farming Accidents?

There are many types of accidents that can lead to people making a farm accident claims. Yet some are the most common types of farm injuries. So below, you will find a list of the top 10 farming accidents that occur on a farm, or within agricultural facilities.

Non-Fatal Farming Accidents

  1. Slips, trips and falls, resulting in fractures and head injuries amongst others.
  2. Injuries caused by farm animals and livestock.
  3. Manual handling accidents.
  4. Falling from a height.
  5. Struck by a falling object.

Fatal Farming Accidents

  1. Struck by a moving vehicle.
  2. Falling from a height.
  3. Injuries caused by farm animals and livestock.
  4. Struck by a falling object.
  5. Accidents involving heavy equipment and machinery.

As well as the accidents listed above, another real risk of fatal injuries on farms is the inhalation of slurry gases. Slurry pits generate dangerous gases in an unpredictable way, so much care needs to be taken to avoid the dangers it poses.

As the graph below based on data from the Labour Force Survey and released by HSE, agricultural and farm workers are also at an increased risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders at a rate significantly higher than the rate across all industries.

Agricultural worker ill health statistics graph

Any of these accidents or illnesses could be grounds for farming accident claims or agricultural accident claims if negligence was the cause, but this isn’t an exhaustive list. No matter how your injury was caused, if the farming accident was the responsibly of the farm operator, then you will have a valid reason to make a claim. Call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of this page so that we can assist you with this.

Foreign Farm Worker Accident Claims

When it comes to making agricultural and farming accident claims for foreign workers, the law makes no distinction between a resident of the UK and a person who is visiting from overseas. If you are a foreign worker, even if you are only working in a farm in the UK for as a seasonal worker, you will be able to claim farm accident compensation if you have a farmworker accident.

Workers from overseas are protected by all of the Health & Safety regulations that apply to UK citizens. Therefore, every farm operator needs to ensure that foreign workers are trained in UK H&S protocol and are aware of their own duties in this regard.

If you are a foreign worker who has been injured while working at a farm in the UK, Legal Expert can help you claim. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to find out how we can assist those looking to make agricultural accident claims.

What Can Farm Accident Compensation Claims Include?

You may be wondering what kind of damages can be included in agricultural accident claims. When you make a compensation claim for common farm injuries and agricultural accidents, your eventual settlement will comprise of a number of different damages. However, these damages fit into two basic categories, general damages and special damages, thus:

  • General damages (for the physical aspects of your injury).
    • The pain and suffering of both the initial accident and the injury it caused.
    • Any psychological damage such as shock, trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder.
    • To compensate you for any long-term or permeant effects of your injury that will have an effect upon your quality of life.
  • Special damages (for all the non-physical aspects of your injury).
    • Medical fees if you have had to pay any out of your own pocket, and also the cost of over the counter medication or prescription charges.
    • Travel costs if you have had to pay out of your own pocket to visit the hospital, or to visit your legal team as part of your claim.
    • Loss of earnings due to having to miss time off work causing you to lose out on pay.
    • Loss of future earnings if the injury will leave you with a permanent disability that will affect your ability to work.
    • Ad-hoc losses such as missing a plane flight due to the accident, for which you did not receive a refund.

These are the typical types of damages that can be included in agricultural and farming accident claims. Call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of this page and we will be able to give you a much better idea of what you can be included in farm accident claims.

Farm And Farming Accident Injury Compensation Claims Calculator

It is very hard to give an accurate estimate of how much a person might receive for farm accident claims. This is because every claim is different. However, based on farm injury statistics and the historical amounts that have been paid to victims, the table below will give you a general idea of how much can be paid out for farming accident claims and agricultural accident claims.

These figures were taken from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a document with a list of guideline compensation payouts for different injuries. It can be used to help calculate farm injury compensation. Please note that the figure in the top row was not taken from this document but is instead included to show you how your settlement may include compensation for multiple injuries and special damages. This table is only intended as guidance.

InjurySeverityCompensation Guideline
Multiple Severe Injuries and Special DamagesVery SevereUp to £1,000,000+
Brain DamageVery Severe£344,150 to £493,000
ParalysisParaplegia£267,340 to £346,890
Arm AmputationsLoss of One Arm (i)Not less than £167,380
Hand InjuriesTotal or Effective Loss of One Hand£117,360 to £133,810
Foot InjuriesSevere£51,220 to £85,460
Hand InjuriesLess Serious£17,640 to £35,390
Back InjuriesModerate (i)£33,880 to £47,320
Severe Leg InjuriesModerate (iv)£33,880 to £47,840
Toe InjuriesSevere£16,770 to £25,710

If you call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of this page, we will be able to go over your particular case and calculate how much compensation we believe that you could be awarded.

No Win No Fee Agriculture And Farming Accident Claims

Legal Expert offers our No Win No Fee claims service to every UK resident, no matter where they are located. We believe that this is the simplest, most effective way for a person that has suffered an injury in a farm accident to make a personal injury claim.

Under our No Win No Fee agreement, the only time we will ever expect you to actually pay any of our legal fees, is when you receive an actual damages settlement and not before. You don’t need to pay anything at all to begin your claim, and even if it takes months to resolve, we won’t ask you to pay any ongoing costs. And in the very rare eventuality that we actually fail to claim any compensation for you, then you don’t pay us anything.

This makes the Legal Expert personal injury claims service an entirely risk-free way, from a financial perspective, to get the compensation you deserve.

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Farm Injury And Accident Claims With Legal Expert

Legal Expert is an expert team of personal injury solicitors that is experienced in making farming accident claims, such as tractor accident claims on behalf of our clients. We have a proven track record of winning significant settlements across a broad range of complex claims cases. We can do exactly the same for you.

We will always keep you fully updated on exactly how your claim is progressing, and what we are doing on your behalf. We will also be available to answer any questions you have about your claim. We won’t try to blind you with legal talk, we will explain clearly in easy to understand English. We’re authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

As out fee is driven by the level of damages you are awarded, it is in your best interest and ours that we aim to get you the most compensation possible. However, in the same breath, we will never do anything to risk your claim.

Call Legal Expert on the number at the bottom of this page to begin your claim today and join the thousands of other people in the UK who we have helped to get the compensation they are eligible for. You can also get in touch if you have any further questions about the agricultural accident claims process, and we will be happy to help.

Talk To Legal Expert Today

Have you suffered an injury due to a farm accident that was caused by a third party? If you are someone that is questioning whether farming accident claims and agricultural accident claims could be a suitable course of action then why not contact our team? Call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804 today.

We will spend a little time asking you some questions so that we can get a better idea of your claim. Once we have done this, we will offer you some free no-obligation legal advice on what we think you should do next.

Helpful Links

At the link below, you will find statistics covering fatal accidents in the farming industry in the UK published by the Health & Safety Executive:

HSE statistics on farming accident fatalities

At the link below, you can find full details of the farming safety guidelines published by the UK Health & Safety Executive at the link below:

HSE Regulations for the Farming Industry

At the link below, you will find a guide to how much compensation you might be able to claim for a farming injury:

At the link below, you will find NHS published information about brucellosis:

NHS info on brucellosis

At the link below, you will find a full guide to making a farming accident compensation claim for a personal injury:

A guide to making a farming injury claim

At the link below, you will find a full guide to making a compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis for a personal injury:

A guide to making No Win No Fee claims

Farming accident claims and Agricultural accident claims FAQ

How many farm accidents happen a year?

Figures provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that there were 21 people that died as a result of farming or agriculture-related activities. Almost half of the accidents listed involved 55-year-olds or older, and the youngest person that was fatally wounded was 4-years old.

What are some of the causes of most accidents on a farm?

There are various factors that could cause a farming accident, such as:

  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Heat stress
  • Animal-related injuries.
  • Crush injuries
  • Machine-related accidents.

How long should I wait before making a claim?

In order to make a claim, you must begin your case within 3-years from the date of the accident. However, if you fail to make your case in the 3-year timeframe, then the validity of your claim could be compromised.

Please note that there are exceptions to the limitation period.

Could I claim on behalf of a loved one that has been injured?

Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, you could have grounds to make a claim on behalf of an injured loved one. For instance, if a loved one is involved in an agriculture or farming accident and is rendered mentality unable to pursue their own case, then you as a loved one could pursue the case under the Act.

Thankfully, here at Legal Expert, our team are well versed in cases of this nature, so please reach out and speak to one of our advisers.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on farming accident claims and agricultural accident claims.

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