Farm Injury Claims
If you or a loved one has suffered from a farm injury or agricultural accident, we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Our personal injury solicitors have 100 years’ experience of winning claims for those who have been injured in accidents at work, particularly through our work with trade unions. While we encourage everyone to join a trade union (because you get access to our specialist legal teams for free), we can still represent you even if you are not a union member.
Our team can help you make a claim for compensation on a no win, no fee basis, so you won’t pay if your farm accident claim is unsuccessful, but we take a percentage deduction if it is.
Can I make a farm injury compensation claim?
Employers have a duty of care to their employees. If you are a farm worker and your employer fails to protect you at work, then they could be liable if you are injured. The duty of care applies to anyone working, even those on a temporary basis or a zero-hours contract.
For example, if your employer has provided you with inadequate training, insufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) or defective machinery, and you have sustained an injury as a result, you could make a claim.
If you are not sure if you can claim for your farming injury, contact us to discuss the details of your case to get advice.
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Frequently asked questions about farm accident claims
The time limit for making most personal injury claims, including farming accident claims, is three years.
The three years begins either:
- When you sustain the injury – this is usually the case for farm accidents
- When you become aware of the injury – this is usually the case for industrial diseases like farmer’s lung.
There are some exceptions to the time limits. If the nature of your accident prevented you from being able to make a claim, for example if you sustained a brain injury, then you may have longer than the standard three years. If in doubt, do not delay.
If you are unsure if you can still make a farming injury or agricultural accident claim, get in contact to discuss your case.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the most common causes of non-fatal injuries in the agricultural industry are:
- Slips, trips and falls at work
- Being hit by moving or falling objects such as hay bales, which can cause head injuries or crush injuries
- Falls from height, such as falling from a ladder
- Farm machinery accidents
- Being injured by farm animals, including cattle.
Sadly, the agricultural industry has the highest rate of fatal accidents of any industry in the UK. The most common causes of fatalities in the farming industry are:
- Vehicle accidents, such as tractor accidents
- Being struck by a moving or falling object
- Falls from height
- Asphyxiation or drowning, usually in slurry pits or grain silos
- Farm machinery accidents
- Injury by an animal
- Being trapped by something collapsing or overturning
- Contact with electricity.
If you have lost a family member in a farming accident, our experienced and compassionate lawyers can help you make a fatal accident claim.
Why choose Thompsons Solicitors?
We have been using the law to improve workers’ rights and workplace safety for 100 years. Here are just some of the ways our workplace accidents specialists have made a difference since our foundation in 1921:
- We won the case which established the concept of employers’ liability
- We won the first industrial disease case
- We helped write the Health and Safety at Work Act
- We won the first asbestos case in the House of Lords
- We established the concept of equal pay for work of equal value.
We continue to use the law to improve workers’ rights and workplace safety standards today, only ever acting for injured workers and never for employers or insurance companies.
If you’ve been injured at work, call our experts for a chat on 0800 0 224 224.