More than 51,000 people work on farms across Northern Ireland. But these cornerstones of our local economy can be dangerous places to work. Farm workers are less than 7% of Northern Ireland’s workforce, but 16% of all reported workplace injuries are in the agriculture and food sector. Since 2017, 40% of all workplace fatalities in Northern Ireland were on farms.
Heavy machinery, vehicles, animals, working at heights, repetitive work and exposure to chemicals all put farmers at risk. Employers have a legal obligation to keep farm workers safe at work. If you’ve been injured because your employer didn’t meet their duty of care to you, you’re entitled to make a farm accident claim.
Common Causes of Farm Accidents
There is no shortage of danger on farms. This results in a wide variety of farm accidents, which impact farmers and farm workers, as well as visitors, friends and family members. Common causes of farm accidents include:
Farm Machinery Accidents – Tractors, harvesters and other large agricultural machines can cause injuries when they roll over or hit someone. There’s also a risk of getting caught in machinery when it’s in use or being repaired.
Slurry Accidents – Slips and falls around slurry pits can result in accidents. Drowning and exposure to poisonous gases both create serious risks from slurry.
Weather Related Accidents – Working in adverse weather puts farm workers at risk of dehydration and heat stroke, frostbite, eye irritation and allergic alveolitis (also known as farmer’s lung).
Fall Accidents – Slips, trips and falls can be caused by wet, slippy or muddy ground, as well as trip hazards such as machinery, uneven floors and other obstacles. Working on roofs and at height also creates a risk of falls.
Livestock Accidents – Kicks, trampling and bites by animals including cattle, horses and sheep are the main cause of livestock accidents. Wounds caused by animals might also develop into severe infections.
Farm Accident Injury Claims
Farm accidents cause a wide range of injuries. These result in farm accident injury claims for things like:
Lacerations, Burns & Scars – Machinery, tools and other sharp equipment can cause damage to the skin, muscles, tendons and nerves.
Broken Bones – Fractures to ribs, limbs and other bones can be the result of falls, machinery or livestock accidents.
Crush Injuries – Crushes can be caused when a farm worker becomes trapped by farm machinery or livestock.
Farmer’s Lung – Inhaling dust or mould spores from hay and grains over a prolonged period can cause allergic alveolitis.
Skin Cancer – Daily and extended exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer.
Mesothelioma – The use of asbestos in roofs, gutters and pipes puts farm workers at risk of asbestos-related diseases.
Anyone who has suffered a farming accident due to somebody else’s negligence is eligible to make a farm accident claim.
Claiming for Yourself – If you were injured on a farm through no fault of your own, you’re entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else – If a loved one was injured on a farm through no fault of their own, you may be able to claim for them. You can claim on behalf of children aged 18 and adults who have suffered a brain injury or don’t have the mental capacity to make a claim.
Farm Accident Claim Process
We know that a farm accident can have a damaging and disruptive effect on your life. That’s why we make the process for claiming compensation simple and straightforward. Here’s what you can expect:
Step 1: Contact Reid Black Get in touch for free initial legal advice on your farm accident claim. We’ll guide you on the best way to progress your claim.
Step 2: Gathering Information and Evidence We’ll then help to gather all the evidence we need to support your claim. This might include medical records, Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland reports, and evidence from the scene of your farm accident.
Step 3: Medical Assessment Next, we’ll arrange for you to be examined by an independent medical professional. We want to know the full extent of your injuries and any long-term effects.
Step 4: Compensation Negotiations Once we have a clear picture of your injuries, we’ll open negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurer to secure the maximum compensation amount you’re entitled to.
Step 5: Compensation Payout We’ll continue to support you until we’ve made sure the compensation has reached your account promptly.
You usually have three years from the date of your accident to make a farm accident claim in Northern Ireland.
18 years old and over – You need to claim within three years of your accident or of being diagnosed with your illness.
Under 18 years old – You need to claim before your 21st birthday.
These time limits are extended if you or the person you’re claiming for don’t have the mental capacity to make a claim, or if the negligence that caused your accident only becomes known later. In all cases, it’s best to get in touch with us as soon as possible after a farm accident.
Farm Injury Compensation
Every farm injury claim is different so the amount of compensation you receive will depend on the circumstances of your accident and a range of factors. These factors will be considered in the general damages and special damages you are awarded.
General Damages – Compensation for the pain and suffering you endured in the farm accident and since, as well as the impact on your quality of life. For example, you might not be able to work, drive or take part in your favourite hobbies in the way you did before the accident.
Special Damages – Compensation for the financial impact of your farm accident. This includes loss of earnings, medical and rehabilitation costs, adaptations to your home, and care provisions.
Why Choose Reid Black?
For decades, we’ve been helping farm workers and farmers in Northern Ireland to secure the compensation they deserve after suffering accidents on farms. Our experienced solicitors will be with you every step of the way to take the lead with your farm accident claim and help you to get on with your life.
Our Specialist Farm Accident Claim Solicitors
Our Specialist Farm Accident Claim Solicitors
Peter Lynch 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Peter Lynch of Reid Black Solicitors is one of Northern Ireland’s Leading Road Traffic Accident Experts.
He will act for you solely and does not accept referrals from insurers or Accident Management companies thus ensuring we have your interests first.
Have an initial no-cost chat about any Road Traffic Accident to see if you have a case.
He acts in Car Accidents, Cycling & Motorbike Accidents and Pedestrian Accident Claims.
Peter will be able to Fast track your claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
Libby Smyth 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Libby Smyth is one Northern Ireland’s leading Road Traffic Accident and Personal Injury Solicitors.
She will handle your Road Traffic Accident Claim effectively and efficiently, keeping your best interests as her prime concern.
Specialist in all types of personal injury claims, with a focus on Road Traffic Injury Claims.
Libby can expedite your injury claim to ensure you get your compensation as fast as possible.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a Road Traffic Accident, contact Libby today for free initial chat to see if you’re eligible for a claim.
Eilis McQuillan 14 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Elis McQuillan has extensive experience dealing with Road Traffic Accident Claims in Northern Ireland.
She will prioritise your interest’s first and act solely on your behalf.
Specialist in all types of Road Traffic Accident Claims and Litigation, including Car Accidents, Cycling Accidents and Motorbike Accidents.
Ellis can Fast Track your Road Traffic Accident Claim, so you get your compensation as soon as possible.
Contact Ellis today for a free initial consultation to determine if you’re entitled to a Road Traffic Accident Claim.
No, the farm owner will have an insurance policy in place for accidents on their farm. You will be claiming compensation from the insurer, not the farm owner, so you shouldn’t have any concerns about the farm’s finances.
If someone else was to blame for your farm accident injury, you can claim even if you were partly responsible. Your compensation payout will probably be adjusted to reflect the extent to which the accident was your fault.
The more evidence you have, the stronger your claim will be. You might be able to claim based on your medical records alone. Please get in touch for a free, no-obligation consultation and we can advise on how to gather evidence to support your claim.
If you’re a self-employed farmer working on a contractor basis, the farm owner still has a duty of care to you and a responsibility to provide well-maintained machinery and a safe working environment. Please get in touch to discuss your claim.
Yes, if your loved one died in a farm accident that was someone else’s fault you can seek justice on their behalf by making a farm accident claim. We’ll support you at this tremendously difficult time by handling every aspect of the claim for you.
No, don’t accept a compensation offer without contacting us first. We will be able to advise on the amount of compensation to which you’re entitled, which will almost certainly be higher if it comes from the insurer.
Take your first step towards farm accident compensation
Get in touch today to discuss your farm accident claim. We’ll offer free initial legal advice to help you plan the best route towards the compensation that’s rightfully yours.
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