If you have been injured due to a farming accident, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
The farming and agriculture industry is one of the most dangerous in the UK when it comes to accidents at work. Due to the machinery and dangerous tasks that need to be undertaken on farms and in agricultural settings, accidents often result in serious, life-changing injuries. These injuries can have a huge impact on your life, often resulting in you being off work for a long period of time.
Claiming compensation after a farm accident is not just about being compensated for the pain and suffering you have experienced because of your injuries but also to help alleviate financial stresses you might be experiencing as a result of being unable to work, as well as to pay for specialist treatment and rehabilitation to make sure you achieve your best outcome.
Making a claim can also highlight any dangers in a workplace and prevent other workers from being injured in the same way.
Due to the seasonality of the industry, many farms use temporary staff, which can lead to a lower level of training and a lapse in health and safety. Many types of farm accidents can cause injury to workers in the agriculture industry, which include, but are not limited to:
It is not only employees who may sustain injury and are entitled to make a claim. Visitors to a farm who sustain injuries or those who live or travel along the perimeter of a farm may also be able to make a claim if they are injured in an accident that was not their fault.
Serious injury claims are valued on lots of different things. This includes the amount for the injury itself and the pain and suffering you have experienced, any loss of earnings and to pay for specialist treatment, care and rehabilitation, and funding aids, adaptation and modifications to help with your recovery, mobility and independence.
Our specialist farm accident solicitors have vast experience in helping people to claim compensation after serious life-changing injuries, including:
There are lots of different things that a farm accident compensation claim can fund, above and beyond compensating you for the injury itself. Here are just some of the things that you can claim for after a farm accident:
Speak to one of our expert serious injury solicitors to see how we can help you and your family - No win no fee.
If you are self-employed and you become injured in a farming accident, you may still be able to claim compensation. If you are contracted by one particular company on a long-term basis, they may be responsible for keeping you safe whilst at work.
If another company manages the farm where you have been contracted to work, and that company fails to implement the correct safety procedures and training, you may be able to claim compensation. Whether you can claim will be on a case-by-case basis, so it’s best to speak to a specialist solicitor who will be able to advise you.
Your employer should do all they can to keep you safe at work, and this includes ensuring any farming equipment or machinery you are using for your job is safe too. This includes ensuring that any farm machinery and equipment is maintained correctly and is in good condition, including regularly inspecting all machinery to ensure it’s in good working order and quickly repairing any machinery that isn’t working correctly. They should also provide you with proper training for the machinery being used and provide any safety equipment and guards.
If you’ve been injured in an accident whilst working on a farm, you have three years from the date of the accident to bring a claim. There are some circumstances where this can be extended (such as if someone is under 18 years old, or they lose capacity to make decisions themselves), but you should always speak to an expert as soon as possible after an accident.
No, your employer cannot sack you for making a claim for compensation. By law, any farmers must have insurance that will cover them should one of their workers become injured and make a claim. It is this insurance policy that will pay out any compensation, rather than your employer themselves.
Yes, all our claims are taken on a no win no fee, meaning you don’t need to worry about the financial costs of claiming compensation. Speak to one of our specialist solicitors who will be able to explain how no win no fee claims work and answer any questions you may have.
You can speak to our expert solicitors about your accident, and they will be able to provide you with free, confidential advice about whether you might be able to make a claim. This advice is provided with no obligation, so you do not have to proceed with a claim if you change your mind.
There are many hazardous conditions on a farm that could lead to serious injury, as well as accidents caused by poorly trained co-workers. Farmers have a duty of care to protect their employees. It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure you have the necessary safety apparatus for the job at hand and that you have been trained to handle machinery and equipment.
As an employer, farmers must have insurance to cover the cost of any potential compensation claims and legal fees which may arise from an employee bringing a claim for personal injury. Therefore, you will be claiming against the insurer when making a claim. Usually, the insurance company will deal with the claim on behalf of your employer, so your employer will not be conducting the claim themselves. If you are successful, your compensation will be paid by the insurance company and not your employer.
As well as the expertise you would expect when recovering compensation after a serious injury, we also provide all round support for you and your family and help you to achieve your best outcomes.
We have an excellent track record of taking over and settling claims that other solicitors have rejected or turned down, or where clients have been unhappy with the way their claim is continuing. We can guide you through the process of your claim, ensuring you are kept updated and fully informed throughout. As an independent firm of solicitors with over 30 years’ experience, you can be assured that we only act in your best interests.
We pull together with you and your family to support you with expert legal advice, financial assistance including benefits advice and emergency funds, physical help with early intervention for treatment, rehabilitation and therapies, as well as emotional and physical support for the whole family.
The nature of serious and catastrophic injuries is such that in order to help, specialist expertise is essential. With over 30 years’ experience, we have successfully settled many cases that include:
Our specialist Court of Protection solicitors can help you to apply to the Court of Protection for deputyship, as well as act as a professional deputy, easing the stress and strain of managing a family member’s affairs should they lose capacity through injury or illness.
Our specialist solicitors can also advise you on setting up a Personal Injury Trust to protect any means-tested benefits you may be eligible to. Creating a Personal Injury Trust can be necessary in some cases because any compensation you receive which is not held in a Trust will be added to any other capital you have and may affect your eligibility to means-tested benefits.
Our award-winning Client First Service is designed to meet your individual needs, whatever they may be, whenever they may arise. We will come and visit you and your family in a convenient location for you and where it’s safe to do so, to get to know you and understand your needs and the support we can provide.
Find out how we have worked together to support our clients and their families throughout their recovery: