Farm workers help to maintain our beautiful Scottish landscape, and work hard in all weather conditions to produce the ingredients needed to support our export and hospitality industries. To complete these activities, farm workers must operate heavy machinery, and work closely with animals and livestock.
Operating heavy machinery and handling livestock can pose a danger to our farm workers, and thousands of agricultural employees are injured in the UK every single year. Between 2020 and 2021, 41 people died whilst working in agriculture.
If you work on a farm, it is important that you know and understand your rights if an accident were to occur.
Can I be sacked for making a farming accident claim?
The straightforward answer here is no, you won’t lose your job if you make a farming-related personal injury claim. Legally, an employee cannot be dismissed because they are claiming against their employer, in any type of work.
We understand that you might be worried about claiming against your employer, especially if you have a good relationship with them.
However, employers in the UK are required by law to have the right liability insurance to protect both their business and their employees, and this includes farm owners.
So, if you were to make a claim for a farming accident, they should have the correct insurance policy in place to cover your claim.
Can I claim if I am a self-employed farm worker?
Yes, you can still claim for a farming accident at work if you are a self-employed farm worker.
Whether you are working part-time or full-time, the farm you are contracted to work for must take the correct measures to ensure a safe working environment. Agricultural employers have a duty to provide proper health and safety training and procedures, especially when working with unpredictable livestock and heavy machinery.
How much compensation can I claim for a farming accident?
As with all personal injury compensation claims, the amount you could be due varies depending on the how your accident happened, and the severity of your injuries.
It is possible to claim for
- Physical and emotional suffering
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Travel costs and damaged property
Why should I choose Watermans as my farming accident solicitor?
At Watermans, we make the legal process look and feel easy, so that you can concentrate on moving forward with your life.
We take the hassle out of the claims process, and provide straightforward, easy-to-understand advice. Our dedicated personal injury team are committed to helping you every step of the way to achieve the maximum level of compensation for your injuries.
We understand that making a claim for a farming accident can be daunting, but we are here to help. Get in touch with us using the form below or visit our farming accidents page for more information.