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Farm accident compensation claims

Farm accident claims are common due to the hazardous nature of the farming environment. With health hazards such as machinery, animals and toxic chemicals, farm work poses more risks than other roles. If you’ve been injured in an accident on a farm that wasn’t your fault, start your no win, no fee claim with Express Solicitors today.

Last updated on May 16th, 2022.

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Key points for making an injury claim

The most important things to remember when making farm accident claims

  • You can claim if you were not at fault
  • Your claim will be paid out by liability insurance
  • You can claim on a no win, no fee basis
  • You generally have three years to make a claim
  • You can claim if you were a worker or visitor.

Farm accident compensation claims

Farm accident compensation claims are one of the more common workplace injury types, with 30% of all farmers experiencing some kind of accident or injury in the workplace per year. Farm injuries can range from mild to severe, from repetitive strain caused by manual labour to farm machinery injuries.

Accidents can happen to visitors, too. Whether you’re claiming for an accident at work or an accident in a public place, our farm injury solicitors can offer your expert guidance. Start your no win, no fee claim with Express today.

How do I start a farm accident claim?

To start your farm accident claim, give our expert accident at work solicitors a call. We’ll listen to your story and help you to gather evidence to support your claim, including:

  • Photographs
  • CCTV footage, where appropriate
  • Medical records
  • Witness statements
  • Accident reports
  • Police reports, where appropriate.

How long do I have to make a claim for a farm accident?

You generally have three years from the date of your accident to make a farm injury claim. There are some exceptions to this. If you were under 18, you can have a ‘litigation friend’ represent you up until your 18th birthday, or you can represent yourself from age 18 to 21.

If you were ‘mentally incapacitated’ after your injury, then there is no time limit to make a claim. Somebody can do this on your behalf, for example, if you suffered brain damage. If your injury was caused by faulty equipment but it was not discovered that the equipment was faulty until a product recall, then you would have three years from the date of the recall.

How much compensation could I claim for a farm accident?

There are no set compensation amounts for farm accident claims, as every claim is different. We’ll assess yours based on your physical injury, your financial losses such as time off work, and the long-term impacts on your life.

As a general guideline, the Judicial Board has recorded these amounts for historical cases:

  • Head injuries from minor to severe: £7,000 to £265,000
  • Injuries to internal organs: £1,000 to £138,000
  • Arm injuries: £1,000 to £39,000
  • Leg injuries: ££6,000 to £185,000.

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What will happen when I make a farm accident claim?

When you make your farm injury claim, we will help you to gather evidence to support it, including photographs, medical records and witness statements. Once we have the evidence we need, we will send a ‘letter of claim’ to your employer (or the farm owner if you were visiting) and prepare your farm injury compensation claim.

We’ll look at the severity of your injury, any financial losses you’ve suffered, and the long-term impacts on your life. While we’re waiting to hear back, we will begin evaluating the claim to reach a settlement figure based on those three things.

If the farm owner or your employer accepts fault, the claim will be paid out of their insurance. We’ll then take a percentage from this compensation as our fees. Our farm injury claims work on a no win, no fee basis, so you’ll only pay if we’re successful.

How do I know if I can make a farm accident compensation claim?

To make a farm accident at work claim, you need to be able to prove that you were injured, and that the person in charge of the farm was responsible. As employers, farm owners are bound by guidelines from the Health and Safety Executive to keep you safe – including offering training, providing functioning equipment, and assessing risks.

As farms are also open to visits from the public, then their owners must keep visitors safe. They should take regular risk assessments to keep hazards to a minimum.

If you can prove that the accident was not your fault, then you could make a farm accident compensation claim. This is where our expert solicitors can help.

For example, we could help to prove that you were not adequately trained, or that there were hazards on the premises. We’ll also use your medical records to prove that you were injured and may ask for a secondary medical from one of our trusted advisors to support your case.

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What injuries can you get from farming?

Farm injuries are far more likely than injuries in other roles such as office jobs, as there are so many inherent risks. From working with livestock to dangerous chemicals and machinery, some of the most common claims for farm injuries and accidents include:

Claiming compensation for Farmer’s Lung

Farmer’s Lung compensation claims can be successful if you can prove the farm you were working on was negligent. Specifically, if your employer failed to take precautions to reduce humidity, then you may notice symptoms of ‘Farmer’s Lung’. This condition causes chest pain and tightness, breathing difficulties, fatigue and fever. If left undiagnosed, it can lead to further complications and in some cases, result in death.

Claiming compensation for injuries caused by farming machinery

You can make a compensation claim for injuries caused by farming machinery for two reasons. If the machinery was faulty and caused you injury, you can claim against your employer for failing to inspect the safety of the machinery.

Alternatively, if your employer has not trained you sufficiently and you suffered an injury, you could also claim. Generally, you have three years to make a claim, but if there was a product recall on the machinery, then this could be extended to within three years of this discovery.

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Claiming compensation for livestock injuries

You can make a farm injury claim for livestock injuries if you’ve been harmed by a farm animal, for example, cows, pigs or horses. Farm animals can be unpredictable and this could result in horse bites or kicks, or even crushing injuries from larger animals. Some livestock injury claims are also for road traffic accidents. We’ll talk you through the best way to make your claim when you get in touch.

Claiming compensation for grain silo or slurry pit injuries

Grain silos and slurry pits are extremely dangerous environments, and accidents could lead to breathing problems, loss of consciousness or even death. If you have lost a loved one due to a fatal accident on a farm, we can help you make a no win, no fee claim on their behalf.

Statistics about farming and agricultural accidents

According to the Health and Safety Executive, the agricultural industry has the highest fatal worker injury rate of any sector in Britain, with 20 times more accidents than other industries. More than half of workers killed in this sector are over 60 years old.

Almost one-third of all farm workers will experience some kind of injury in their line of work, ranging from repetitive strain disorder through to fatal accidents.
However minor your injury, our expert solicitors are here to help you settle your no win, no fee farm injury claim.

Frequently asked questions

What is the most common farm accident?

The most common farm accidents are overturned machinery, animal injuries, asphyxiation (suffocation), slips, trips and falls, and entanglements. Other less common examples are burns and toxic chemical exposure. We can help you claim no matter what your farm accident.

Can I claim compensation if I caused the accident?

You cannot generally make a claim if you caused the farm accident. An exception to this could be if you were partly at fault – for example, if you and another farm user were both involved in a road traffic accident. This would count as ‘partial blame’ and a judge would award you compensation based on how much the other party was at fault. For example, if you were both half at fault, then you would receive half the compensation settlement.

Can I make a claim if I am still working on the farm?

You can still make a claim if you are working on the farm. By law, your employer cannot dismiss you or treat you any differently if you have made a claim on their employer’s liability insurance.

Will I lose my job if I make a claim against the farm?

You will not lose your job if you make a claim against the farm. Your claim will be made against your employer’s liability insurance, which means it will not affect your employer directly. By law, your employer cannot dismiss you or treat you differently if you have made a farm accident claim.

Why choose Express Solicitors for your farm accident claim?

At Express, our personal injury solicitors have won thousands of pounds in farm accident claims just like yours. We go above and beyond to get you the largest settlement possible, often taking on the claims that other solicitors will not. We can help you to source evidence and take action against a public place or an employer.

We may also be able to help with early compensation payments and ongoing payments to help you get your life back on track. Start today with your no win, no fee farm accident claim.

Average compensation amounts for farm accidents

Part of body Severity of injury Amount of compensation Types of injuries
Head Minor £1,880.00 to £10,890.00 Covers brain damage with recovery within a few weeks. Higher compensation if symptoms include headaches.
Head Moderate £13,430.00 to £112,130.00 Symptoms ranging from poor concentration, lower and higher risk of epileptic attacks, minor personality changes, depression, more severe intellectual impairment, or injuries/symptoms leading to a vegetative state.
Head Serious £186,890.00 £240,590.00 Covers reduced life expectancy, serious physical symptoms, serious changes to personality or intellect, large dependence on others due to paralysis or otherwise.
Head Severe £240,590.00 to £344,640.00 Covers minimally conscious state (life expectancy less than 15 years), severe disability, brain damage with little/no response, vegetative states needing full-time nursing.
Eye Severe £56,080.00to £229,260.00 Complete blindness on one/both eyes or severe visual impairment on one/both eyes.
Face Minor £1,460.00 to £7,460.00 Light or no scarring on the face, but no fractures, loss/damage of one/two front teeth, simple fractures of the jaw or nose, but with a possibility of complete recovery.
Face Serious £15,320.00 to £26,010.00 More serious fractures such as a broken jaw or nose, breaking/damage/loss of several teeth.
Face Severe £26,010.00 to £38,850.00 Severe injuries resulting in facial disfigurement, several jaw fractures, chronic tooth pain, and scarring. May lead to eating restrictions or higher risk of joint arthritis. Covers negative effects on mental health.
Ear/ hearing Minor Up to £5,980.00 Possible Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), slight/occasional tinnitus.
Ear/ hearing Moderate £12,700.00 to £25,350.00 Partial hearing loss or mild to severe tinnitus.
Ear/ hearing Serious £25,350.00 to £38,850.00 Complete deafness in one ear. Severity varies based on additional symptoms (e.g. dizziness, tinnitus, etc.).
Ear/ hearing Severe £77,430.00 to £120,040.00 Complete deafness in both ears. Higher compensation for child injuries also resulting in a loss of speech.

Compensation amounts for back, neck, shoulders and upper body injuries

Part of body Severity of injury Amount of compensation Types of injuries
Neck Minor Up to £6,680.00 Soft tissue injuries or whiplash with recovery within 3 – 24 months. Compensation factors include severity of pain and amount of negative effects on everyday life.
Neck Moderate £7,410.00 to £47,760.00 Covers injuries that accelerated a pre-existing condition, disc lesions, cervical spondylosis, serious limitation of movement, permanent and/or recurring pain, all caused by fractures or dislocations.
Neck Severe £56,100.00 to £139,210.00 Serious fractures, severe soft tissue damage, chronic pain conditions, disc damage, partial paraplegia, or significant, permanent disability.
Back Minor £2,090.00 to £10,670.00 Includes lighter strains, sprains, disc prolapses, and soft tissue injuries. Recovery between 3 months and 5 years.
Back Moderate £11,730.00 to £26,050.00 Includes: spinal fusion, compressed or fractured lumbar spine (possibly resulting in higher risk of osteoarthritis and constant pain), prolapsed discs and other injuries that may require surgery and a continued acceleration/worsening of a pre-existing back condition.
Back Severe £36,390.00 to £151,070.00 Typically requires surgery. Injuries include: damaged spinal cord and partial paralysis, psychological issues, loss of bladder and/or bowel function, disc lesions, impaired movement, arthritis, etc.
Shoulder Minor Up to £6,730.00 Soft tissue injury resulting in pain. Full recovery between 3 – 24 months.
Shoulder Serious £10,890.00 to £16,380.00 Fractured humerus, clavicle or rotator cuff needing surgery.
Shoulder Severe £16,380.00 to £40,970.00 Significant disability caused by severe damage to the neck or brachial plexus.
Pelvis & hips Minor £3,370.00 to £10,750.00 Complete recovery after minor soft tissue injuries. Little or no disability within 2 years.
Pelvis & hips Moderate £10,750.00 to £33,430.00 No serious disability, but covers injuries requiring hip operations, replacement of hips (or the need for either in the future).
Pelvis & hips Severe £33,430.00 to £111,690.00 Severe hip/pelvis fractures resulting in bowel damage or spinal fusion, childbirth complications, hip replacement, and/or leading to higher likelihood of future surgery.
Scarring (not facial) Minor £2,020.00 to £7,380.00 One noticeable scare or several superficial, unsightly scars on the legs, arms, or hands.
Scarring (not facial Moderate Up to £7,380.00 Full recovery within 2 years, up to a partial recovery with symptoms that are not largely debilitating.
Scarring (not facial Severe £6,680.00 to £19,390.00 Several noticeable laceration scars or a single disfiguring scar.

Compensation amounts for arm, hand, and finger injuries

Part of body Severity of injury Amount of compensation Types of injuries
Arm Mild £5,630.00 to £16,380.00 Fractured forearm.
Arm Moderate £16,380.00 to £33,430.00 Serious arm injury leading to long-lasting symptoms.
Arm Serious £33,430.00 to £111,690.00 Serious injury resulting in an inability to use the arm(s) to some extent. Does not result in amputation.
Arm Severe £82,040.00 to £255,930.00 Results may include the amputation of one/both arms. Compensation amount will depends on amputated area, whether phantom pain is experienced, and on other effects on the quality of life.
Elbow Moderate Up to £10,750.00 Includes: tennis elbow, deep cuts, simple fractures, no permanent damage.
Elbow Serious £13,360.00 to £27,320.00 Results in restricted movement but does not require surgery or cause disability.
Elbow Severe £33,430.00 to £46,780.00 Injury causes severe disability or requires surgery.
Wrist Moderate Up to £8,740.00 Uncomplicated Colles fracture or minor undisplaced fractures with recovery between 1 – 2 years. May include use of plasters.
Wrist Serious £10,750.00 to £20,900.00 Soft tissue damage or broken wrist causing some permanent disability.
Wrist Severe £20,900.00to £51,070.00. Significant permanent disability or complete loss of wrist function.
Hand Minor Up to £4,050.00 Covers lacerations and crush injuries, and soft tissue injuries (recovery within 6 months).
Hand Moderate £4,780.00 to £11,330.00 Covers penetrating wounds and crush injuries resulting in permanent but non-intrusive symptoms, or soft tissue damage and deeper cuts resulting in impairment of the hand (may require surgery).
Hand Severe £24,740.00 to £171,920.00 Covers amputation and rejoining of several fingers, resulting in a clawed, impaired, or unsightly hand, amputation of one/both hands (alternatively, amputation of several fingers rendering the hand almost useless).
Finger Minor Up to £4,055.00 Includes: full-healed fractured finger bones (healed within 1 year) with/without minor scarring.
Finger Moderate £3,370.00 to £5,000.00 Includes: complete (or almost complete) recovery after broken finger, amputation or loss of a part of the little finger.
Finger Severe £10,380.00 to £31,350.00 Includes: complete amputation of one/more fingers, fractures of the index finger. Compensation depends on level of disability and suffering.
Thumb Minor Up to £4,055.00 Short-term, severe pain gone within 3 months.
Thumb Moderate £3,370.00 to £10,750.00 Covers fractures with recovery within 6 months, damage to nerves or tendons resulting in partial loss of sensation, and cosmetic thumb deformities.
Thumb Severe £10,750.00 to £46,780.00 Partial/complete amputation of the thumb, surgical wire insertions, nerve damage, fractures, inability to grip.

Compensation amounts for leg and foot injuries

Part of body Severity of injury Amount of compensation Types of injuries
Leg Minor £7,780.00 to £12,010.00 Minor injuries with recovery within a few months (e.g. soft-tissue injuries, bruising, cuts, and contusions). Slightly more severe injuries such as simple fractures of the femur, tibia, or fibula.
Leg Moderate £15,320.00 to £46,780.00 Minor fractures with partial recovery, serious soft tissue injury, injuries to one leg (e.g. broken bones, crushing injuries), ligament injuries, compound fractures leading to near certainty of arthritis or instability.
Leg Severe £46,780.00 to £240,590.00 Severe injuries resulting in extensive degloving, bone grafting, permanently reduced mobility, or amputation of one/both legs (above/below the knee).
Knee Minor Up to £11,730.00 Includes soft tissue injuries (recovery within a few months), a twisted knee, lacerations, or bruising resulting in discomfort or pain.
Knee Moderate £22,340.00 to £37,070.00 Includes: seriously damaged kneecaps, ligaments, or muscles, dislocation, a torn meniscus, acceleration injuries (over several years), resulting in ongoing discomfort or pain.
Knee Severe £44,470.00 to £82,080.00 Covers constant pain, severe disability, or muscle wastage. Higher compensation if need for surgery or injury effects quality of life.
Ankle Minor Up to £11,730.00 Smaller fractures, but bone has not been displaced. May include sprains, injured ligaments (likely leads to scarring). Smaller injuries can allow for full recovery within a year, without any scarring.
Ankle Moderate £11,730.00 to £42,710.00 Includes ligament tears, fractures, leading to smaller disabilities while standing/moving. Increased risk of osteoarthritis. Operation/cast needed. May lead to inability to work or call for special footwear.
Ankle Severe £42,710.00 to £59,480.00 Severe injury resulting in deformities, disabilities, or even amputation of the body part down the line.
Achilles Minor £6,200.00 to £10,750.00 Minor instability due to tendon damage around the ankle. Some more severe cases might involve scarring.
Achilles Moderate £10,750.00 to £17,970.00 More serious injury and partially ruptured tendon. More severe cases tend to involve disability and/or permanent scarring.
Achilles Severe £21,320.00to £32,780.00 Restricted movement of the ankle due to severed muscle tissue. Small likelihood of further improvement of limp and residual scarring.
Foot Minor Up to £11,730.00 Includes: minor fractures, lacerations or contusions (with complete recovery within 2 years), ruptured ligaments or other puncture wounds that result in chronic pain or a permanent limp.
Foot Moderate £11,730.00 to £59,730.00 Includes: metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity and ongoing symptoms, fractured heels (both), restricted mobility, degloving and heel fusion.
Foot Severe £71,640.00 to £171,920.00 Injury needing amputation of one/both feet or traumatic amputation of the forefoot (to prevent need for complete amputation).
Toe Minor Up to £8,190.00 One or more broken toes with a varying recovery period. Compensation depends on presence of long-term symptoms and speed of recovery.
Toe Moderate £8,190.00 to £11,730.00 Multiple fractures, crush injuries to two/more toes, permanent disability. May have involved unsuccessful past operations.
Toe Severe £11,730.00 to £47,830.00 Severe crush injuries leading to less/surgical amputation of one or two toes (not including the big toe), amputation of all toes or the big toe.

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