Unless you happen to work in the farming industry you probably haven’t heard of Farmer’s Lung before. However if you are involved in this industry you might be reading this article because you are suffering the symptoms of this condition. If so, read on to find out whether you could make any kind of claim to get Farmer’s Lung compensation.
The condition is an allergic one. It is caused when farmers or farm workers inhale the dust that is created when hay, straw, corn or any other crop goes mouldy. People in this industry know the term Farmer’s Lung but the official term is extrinsic allergic alveolitis. Several other terms are also used to describe the condition and the area of the body it affects, namely the lungs.
Is this a condition that develops over the long term?
Generally the answer is yes. To begin with you can be exposed to the dust and not experience a problem. However, over time you can become allergic to it and this causes the condition to develop. You won’t necessarily get it while you are around the dust and mouldy hay at the time, but a few hours after you have left the site you might start experiencing symptoms.
As a result of the allergic reaction it is best to consider the consequences of not doing anything about it. Ideally the dust and mould should be prevented in the first place. This can be done purely by making sure the crops are dry and not allowed to become damp so the mould can develop. The use of a mask also makes it much more difficult to breathe in any dust that may be present.
Do you think you could claim Farmer’s Lung compensation?
If you are working on a farm and you think your employer has exposed you to the conditions that can cause this illness to reveal itself, you may have a good chance to seek an amount of compensation as a result. If it is diagnosed early you may be able to get treatment and minimise the odds that the condition will get worse. However, if you do not receive a mask at work or the proper processes aren’t used, compensation could be very likely.
To find out more, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our number is 0800 689 0500 and our experts can reveal whether you could claim.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead