If you have been injured when working on or using farmland, you may be eligible for a farm accident claim for compensation.
A report by the Health and Safety Executive estimated that less than 2% of workers across all occupations sustained a work-related injury. By comparison, the proportion of agricultural workers injured through their job was over 4% – in other words – more than double what might be expected in other occupations.
If you have been injured on farmland, whether through work or leisure, Truth Legal are here to support you in gaining compensation for your injuries.
In order to make a successful claim, there are several elements we have to prove:
As mentioned above, farm owners owe a duty of care to workers and to visitors, so the first element is straightforward. It is the last two elements which are significant in many cases.
Examples of a farm owner failing in their duty of care could include:
Besides claiming for your injuries themselves, you can include many other expenses and losses which have resulted from your injuries.
With all additional losses, it is important to document them as much as is possible so that the loss, and the amount you are claiming for, can be proved.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could claim for:
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you have suffered other losses not mentioned above, then make sure you discuss these with us so we can advise you accordingly.
As with all claims, a time limit applies.
In general, you must begin your claim within 3 years of the date of the accident in question.
The time limit might be longer in certain situations. For example, if you are diagnosed with an occupational health condition, perhaps many years after it was caused, then the time limit would usually start running from the date of diagnosis.
A number of rules may change the time limits which apply to your case. If you are thinking of bringing a personal injury claim, or you are worried matters have been left for too long, contact us as soon as possible so that we can advise you on where you stand.
If the accident was not your fault, we are often able to conduct matters on the basis of a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement.
This means, in the vast majority of situations, that you will not have to pay our fees if we are unsuccessful in recovering compensation for you. On the other hand, if we are successful, our fees will be paid by a portion of your compensation award and also by the farm owner’s insurers.
If you have any concerns on how a personal injury claim is funded, we are more than willing to discuss matters with you in more depth. Please feel free to contact us.
We are personal injury specialists of the highest integrity, committed to recovering compensation for ordinary people who are entitled to it.
Whilst our head office is in Harrogate, Truth Legal also has virtual offices in York, Manchester and London. We are more than willing to sit down with you for a free, no-obligation consultation and to discuss any ways in which we can help you.
You could be entitled to compensation for the pain, suffering, and other losses, caused by farm owners who have been negligent in their duty of care.
Truth Legal, based in Harrogate but with a presence in York, London and Manchester, can help you recover the compensation you deserve. With our expertise, you can bring those responsible to account and work towards repairing the damage caused by this injustice.
Perhaps the statistics mentioned above are unsurprising when you consider the number of potential hazards that exist on a farm. Aside from the risks that come from any manual work, the nature of agriculture means that farms can be some of the most dangerous worksites in the country.
Amongst the many hazards are:
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