Compensation Claims For Farming And Agricultural Accidents

By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 22nd April 2021. Welcome to our guide on farming accident claims and agricultural accident claims for farming accident compensation. Have you been involved in agricultural accidents leading to a farming or agricultural injury? If so, you could be able to make farm accident compensation claims.

Whilst many of us have an idyllic view of the countryside or working on a farm, the reality of doing so can often be very different. In fact, the HSE considers farming and agriculture to be very dangerous. Previous reports published by the HSE have concluded agricultural workers are more likely to suffer workplace accidents such as farming injuries than workers in other types of industry.

Due to the physical and demanding nature of the work, workers are more likely to suffer a farmworker accident. Farmworkers are often put in roles where the risk of injury is much higher than employees in different industries. Due to the nature of their work, the machinery in use, and by working with livestock, farming and agricultural injuries are also often much more serious.

Common farming and agricultural injuries include falls from heights, blows and impact injuries, as well as those caused by livestock or heavy machinery.

In this guide, we look at how to make farming accident claims and agricultural accident claims, as well as how much you could be entitled to in our personal injury claims calculator. When you are ready to make your claim, call our team on 0800 073 8801.

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A Guide To Farming Or Agricultural Injury Claims

Agriculture, farms, and farm animals can be the source of hundreds of injuries and the resulting farming accident claims and agricultural accident claims across the country each year.

At Accident Claims UK, we can provide you with specialist agricultural and farm machinery accident claims solicitors, who can help you make what could be a complex claim. Farm labour injuries are among the few industries or job roles where the rate of accidents, injuries, and even deaths have remained largely flat for several decades. For some types of injury or illness, the frequency has even increased.

Fatal farm labour injuries and fatalities across farming and agriculture remain higher than comparable roles in manufacturing or the construction industries. Although around 1% of workers are employed in agriculture or farming, agricultural fatalities account for 1/5 of all deaths in the workplace. In the year 2014/ 2015 the number of agricultural fatalities was six times the rate of fatalities in construction.

Compared to the average across all sectors, the rate was 20 times higher with 33 fatal farmworker accidents. Farming injuries and fatalities can and do happen in a variety of ways. If you’ve been affected, then get in touch with us today for more information on farming accident claims, farm accident compensation claims and agricultural accident claims.

What Are Agricultural Or Farm Injuries?

 farming accident claims and agricultural accident claimsFarming or agricultural injuries can happen when a farmer, labourer or another worker (or someone visiting a farm) is placed in a situation which is dangerous. Even today, using highly modern equipment and processes, farming can still be thought of as one of the most dangerous industries to work in. Rates of farm accident or injury can be many times higher than comparable roles in other industries.

Farming and agricultural injuries is a very broad term which covers many different circumstances an injury or accident can happen to someone, whether a worker or a member of the general public.

Farming And Agricultural Injury Statistics

The statistics and figures below look at injuries in agriculture, fishing, and forestry across Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland) for the year 2019/ 20. They were collated by and are taken from the Health and Safety Executive. You can find further information here.

  • Statistics show that the most common types of farm injuries causing fatalities for 2015/16 – 2019/20 are those involving being struck by a moving vehicle.
  • Agriculture and farming have the highest rate of fatalities across the main industrial sectors monitored. The rate of fatal injury in farming and agriculture is 18 times as high as the all industry rate. 57% of these injuries persisted for over 7 days.
  • 43% of injuries in farming and agriculture in 2019/20 were specified injuries. 57% of these injuries persisted for over 7 days. 

What Are The Most Common Farm Accidents Or Injuries?

Farming and agricultural injuries from agricultural accidents are relatively common due to the dangerous and difficult nature of the work involved. Farming is a highly physical job, and this strain can often be the cause of injuries for farmworkers. Whilst there are numerous different ways in which someone could be injured on a farm, the types listed below are the most common forms of injury leading to a farm accident claim for farming accident compensation.

  1. Accidents and injuries caused by farm machinery: across a farm, there will be a variety of different pieces of heavy machinery and equipment in usage, or repair. They can be used in ploughing and tilling fields, harvesting crops, or other uses. If they malfunction in any way, the consequences could be very serious, even causing amputation injuries.
  2. Accidents caused by farm vehicles: as well as heavy machinery, farms make use of a range of different vehicles, such as tractors. We can help those who need to make tractor accident claims. A lack of maintenance can be a leading factor in these injuries.
  3. Injuries caused by livestock: animals can kick, bite, or even trample farm workers if they are in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
  4. Slips, trips, and falls from heights: Whether it is working in very slippery and muddy conditions, or having to balance on high beams, there is a higher than average chance of suffering these types of accidents.
  5. Electrocution: given the range of different types of pieces of equipment in usage on a farm, even in adverse weather conditions, being electrocuted can be one of the most common and serious types of injury suffered.

The list above includes some of the most common types of farming and agricultural injuries, which lead to farm accident claims. However, there are numerous other causes of and circumstances in which workers on a farm could be injured. People can be injured whilst handling hazardous substances (such as pesticides and fertilizers). If you have been injured whilst working on or visiting a farm, you could be entitled to make farm accident compensation claims. Contact us today to find out more.

Health And Safety For Farm Workers

Whilst the industry accounts for just 1% of workers in the UK, it makes up 20% of all fatal accidents in the workplace. The rate is similarly high for non-fatal accidents when compared with other workplaces. With such a high rate of incidents, there is increasing pressure on the industry to be better at complying with health and safety regulations, guidelines, and legislation.

One of the biggest compulsions from such legislation is that farmers should make sure that their workers are kept safe from harm and have a safe environment to work in. If the farm or farmer you work for has (in some way) breached guidelines and caused you to suffer an injury, you have the right to make a farm accident claim.

Breaching these guidelines means your employer has been negligent in the eyes of the law. They may not have issued you with protective equipment such as the right shoes, gloves, or a hardhat, or not made you aware of specific hazards and how to mitigate them. If you were not properly trained in how to use a piece of equipment or machinery, the consequences could be very serious for you.

If you think that your employer has been negligent and that this negligence was the cause of, or contributed to your injuries, you could be entitled to make a farm accident compensation claim. Our team will be able to provide you with advice about farming accident claims and agricultural accident claims.

Can You Claim For A Farm Injury At Work?

If you were injured whilst working on a farm, you could claim compensation for your farm accident. All employees have the same legal protections, whether full or part-time.

All employers owe their staff and workers the same duty of care and are responsible for their safety. If your employer’s negligence was the cause of your accident, they might be held liable.

If you do suffer an agricultural accident at work, you should make sure the accident has been documented by you and your employer. Having a report in their log, as well as taking photos of your injuries, and having medical reports will all help to show your employers culpability when making a personal injury claim.

Can You Claim Compensation As A Foreign Farm Worker?

In the UK, a large part of the agricultural labour force consists of foreign workers filling short-term and seasonal roles. These people can often be at greater risk.

Foreign farmworkers, often employed on short term contracts, may face added risks. One of the most common risks that foreign employees may face is the difference in the working environment or practices. Things may be done in a very different way to what they are used to, and as such, injuries can often happen.

Foreign workers may also find out that they are less able to communicate with each other, their employer, and external services. As such, if agricultural accidents do happen to them, they may not be able to seek appropriate help or find out how to mitigate any risks.

Temporary foreign workers may also not have been given the right health and safety training. They may also not have been informed of their legal rights, such as making a claim for a farm injury.

Seasonal or temporary foreign workers could also have been hired without being given the correct training or vetted for language ability. Consequently, they may well be much more vulnerable to suggesting a farm or agricultural injury.

What must be highlighted is that whether or not someone is a foreign worker or a non-UK national, they have the same rights to be safe in the workplace. Their employer also owes them the same considerations. Otherwise, they could have to pay out farming accident compensation if something goes wrong.

To discover more about farming accident claims, please contact our personal injury advisers or continue reading. We have plenty of information regarding any farm accident compensation claims.

Can You Make A Farm Accident Claim For An Injury In A Public Place?

There are numerous different types of farm accidents that can happen on public or private property. According to legislation, such as the Occupiers Liability Act holds anyone occupying a property liable for people on said property. In the case of a farm accident claim, your employer has a duty of care to make sure anyone on their property can be there safely.

If you suffered an injury in a public place, such as a farm, the legal occupier could be the owner or operator of the farm. If the land is public, this may refer to a local council or other similar parties. Claims such as these can be more complex to conduct and making a successful claim will rely on having a highly competent personal injury lawyer conducting the case.

Faulty Machinery Or Equipment Leading To Farm Accident Claims

The owner and/ or operator of any machinery and equipment used on a farm is responsible for its maintenance. One such criterion they must follow is to make certain all equipment in use has a visible ‘CE’ mark. This shows the item meets all relevant European Union standards and regulations. The farm owner should also be able to produce a ‘certificate of conformity’ certifying the equipment as safe.

The use of equipment which has not been certified as meeting these standards means the owner or operator is breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. This breach can be considered to be gross negligence on the part of your employer.

The manufacturer of the machinery is also legally required to make sure their products meet the required standards and are safe to use. If there was a fault in the manufacturing of the machinery or equipment, you could be able to claim compensation from the manufacturer.

To find out who to start a claim against, talk to us about farming accident claims and agricultural accident claims advice today.

Farming and agriculture accident statistics – illness and disease

As we’ve already established, working in the farming or agricultural industry leaves workers at risk of serious injury. This is because the jobs are highly physical and involve working with potentially dangerous machinery and, sometimes, animals.

But it’s not just one-off accidents that result in injuries that can have an effect on the quality of life of farm and agricultural workers. Occupational diseases also offer a real risk to those working in these industries and can have a real impact on your quality of life.

The biggest risk posed to those working in the farm and agriculture industries is musculoskeletal disorders. Around half of the 13,000 ill health cases that resulted from agricultural work in 2019/20 consisted of these kinds of disorders, which include things like arthritis, sciatica and hernias. 2.2% of workers in agriculture suffered from musculoskeletal disorders, which is far above the rate across all industries.

Respiratory diseases are another real risk to those working in farming and agriculture. A job in agriculture means working in close proximity to agricultural dust like grain and poultry dust. Inhaling these kinds of dust can trigger an allergic reaction in the respiratory system. If this happens, then further exposure can trigger symptoms even in small amounts. Because these triggers can include things like bacteria, mites and animal dander, this could cause you to experience symptoms outside of work which can affect your quality of life.

If you’re suffering from a long-term illness because of your work, then you may be eligible to make farm accident compensation claims. In these cases, the three-year limitation period for making a claim will be from when you found out that your illness was caused by your work, and not necessarily the date you were exposed to the hazard that made you ill.

So to learn more about farming accident claims, or if you’d like to proceed to make one, get in touch with our team today.

What Steps Should You Take To Make A Farming Or Agricultural Injury Claim?

If you are the victim of a farming or agricultural injury, there are several things you should do support your personal injury claim. The first thing you should do after an accident or injury, whether in the workplace or otherwise, is to get any medical care you need. As well as getting you any specific care you need, this step also creates official records of your injuries.

At the time of your agricultural accident, if possible, you or someone else should take photos of the scene of your accident, including the cause of the incident, your injuries, and the surrounding area. If your employer has breached health and safety standards, this could create a record of them. Photographic evidence, combined with medical records creates a body of evidence which can be used in your farm and farming accident injury compensation claim.

Next, talk to any witnesses to your accident and ask for their name(s), and other contact details. Having a witness can increase your chances of making a successful claim.

Finally, you should reach out to a specialist solicitor or claims management service, such as Accident Claims UK, who can assist you in making your claim for farming accident compensation.

What Can Farm Injury Claims Include?

As well as compensation for your actual injury, farm injury claims can include settlements for things such as any financial losses you have incurred through your injuries.

When making farm injury claims, the costs and financial losses you could claim for may include things such as the cost of medical expenses (treatment, medication, and even home care), transport costs (getting to medical meetings), or even the cost of making changes to your home or vehicle if you are left with a disability. Find out how much compensation you could be awarded here or by calling our team.

Farming And Agricultural Injury Claim Calculator

Calculating compensation for farming accident claims and agricultural accident claims needs to take into account the type of injury you have sustained, as well as how serious it is. The calculation will also need to account for how this will affect you in the future, such as your ability to continue working. In the personal injury compensation claims calculator below, we look at some common types of injury submitted in farm injury compensation claims.

Nature of injuryNotes on the injuryAwards in region of
Leg Injuries - Less SeriousNot serious or long lasting, but may be painful. £16,860 to £26,050
Leg Injuries - ModerateMight included a dislocated knee, or other joint or more serious fracture. £26,050 to £36,790
Leg Injuries - SeriousSimilar to but more serious than above. Will have a greater effect on you and longer recovery time.£36,790 to £51,460
Leg Injuries - Very SeriousLess serious or severe than the category below.£51,460 to £85,600
Leg Injuries - SevereMost serious level of injury or disability. Ongoing pain and suffering.£90,320 to £127,530
Leg Amputation - Below KneeLeg Amputation - Below Knee£91,950 to £124,800
Leg Amputation - Above KneeLeg Amputation - Above Knee£98,380 to £129,010
Both Legs AmputatedBoth Legs Amputated£225,960 to £264,650
Neck Injuries - MinorMore minor injuries which you can recover from within 1 to 2 years Up to £2,300 to £7,410
Neck Injuries - ModerateMore serious and painful than the category above.£7,410 to £36,120
Neck Injuries - SevereInjury may leave you with permanent pain or discomfort or a level of reduced functionality.£39,870 to £139,210
Back Injuries - MinorMinor damage which will recovery fully and quickly.Up to £2,300 to £11,730
Back Injuries - ModerateInjury to the musculature or the connective tissues.£11,730 - £36,390
Back Injuries - SevereInjuries such as a serious fracture or broken back.£36,390 to £151,070

As you can see in the table above, how much compensation agricultural and farm machinery accident claims solicitors can secure for you depends on how severe the injury was. You can find out more about how farm accident compensation claims are calculated by calling our team today.

Farming And Agricultural Injury No Win No Fee Claims

Recovering compensation you are owed, whether for a farming or agricultural injury, or any other type of injury can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Finding the right solicitor, and worrying about how to make a claim for farming accident compensation, can hamper or impede your recovery.

Let Accident Claims UK step in and help. We can provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor who will be able to work with you without asking for anything in terms of fees before you receive your settlement. This means that as a claimant, you will never take on any financial risk when making a claim.

How Accident Claims UK Can Help You To Claim For A Farm Injury

Going to court or making a claim can seem like a stressful process if you are not used to legal terminology, or the claims process. In fact, many people can be put off making a claim as they are intimidated by the idea of doing such. At Accident Claims UK, we aim to dispel the myths and bring the claims process after agricultural accidents into the light.

We start by giving you a free consultation over the phone to learn more about what happened to you, and if we can help you make a claim for farming or agricultural injuries.

If we are able to help you, we will offer a personalised service and could even be able to provide you with a solicitor who offers no win, no fee services. What we can promise is that any personal injury solicitor we provide will be fully qualified to provide all the help you need.

Contact Accident Claims UK And Start Your Claim Today

You’ve reached the end of our guide to farming accident claims. When you are ready to begin your farming or agricultural injury claim you can contact our specialist team to do so. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call and get your farm accident compensation claims started, so call us on 0800 073 8801.

You can also contact us via the chat feature on this page, or simply click above to request a call back from one of our agents.

However you choose to contact Accident Claims UK, you can do so today to start your journey to getting the farming or agricultural injury compensation you are entitled to.

Useful Links And Further Information

In this final section of our guide to farming accident claims, we’ve included some more links you may find useful.

Accident at work claims guide

Claiming after a back injury at work

Claiming after an accident involving dangerous machinery at work

A guide to manual handling in agriculture 

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 explained 

How do I know if I’ve broken a bone? An NHS guide 

Farm Accident Compensation Claims FAQs

What is the most common farm-related accident?

Tractor accidents are the most frequent serious accidents on a farm.

What are other common farm accidents and fatalities?

These include machinery overturning, falls, animals suffering injuries, falling objects, entanglements and asphyxiation.

How long can I make a claim after an accident?

Your maximum time in which you can claim compensation is three years after the accident.

How do I get money from an accident claim?

You should gather sufficient evidence, collect witness testimonials, receive medical treatment and record your injuries.

Why is agriculture so dangerous?

This is due to the physical demand, the frequent fatigue and the poor health maintenance (e.g. a lack of risk assessments).

Should I call my insurance company after a minor accident?

You should get in touch with your insurers after any accident no matter how serious it is.

Can I claim for personal injury if the accident was my fault?

You could still make a claim if someone else was also responsible, but not if you have sole liability.

What are the examples of farm tools?

Typical farm tools include a motocultor, shovel, wheelbarrow, sprinkler and fertilizer.

Thank you for reading our guide on farming accident claims, farm accident compensation claims and agricultural accident claims. We hope you have learned a lot about how to claim for farming accident compensation after any agricultural accidents.