As there are no solicitors in East Worlington most local residents tend to use the services of one of the leading injury claim solicitors that they can access online, like ourselves here at Accident Advice Helpline.
East Worlington is a small residential village in North Devon, and the only real industry in the area is that of farming and agriculture. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most dangerous industries of them all, which is why, from time to time, we action personal injury claims for compensation in respect of injuries that have taken place on farms in the local surroundings.
One particular injury that we’ve had occasion to help people to raise claims for in the past is not really an injury at all. It’s more of an occupational related disease and it’s known as farmer’s lung. As with any personal injury claim, the victim has to be able to prove that the blame for the accident, incident, or circumstances that give rise to any injury, are attributable to a third party. That’s why it’s usually farmhands, and not the farmers themselves that we receive claims from.
What is farmer’s lung?
Farmer’s lung is a respiratory disease that is caused by being exposed to hay in a closed environment, for regular, protracted periods of time. It’s not the hay itself that causes the disease; it’s the spores from the mould that hay often contains. Once you realise you have contracted farmer’s lung, it’s very important to avoid any further prolonged exposure to hay thereafter. Continued prolonged exposure can lead to debilitating illness, and even death.
The symptoms of farmer’s lung
The symptoms, some of which are listed below, are not usually experienced until approximately 4 to 6 hours after exposure. They include:Open Claim Calculator
- Fits of coughing and bringing up phlegm
- Bouts of fever or chills
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or tightness in the chest
If you believe you’ve contracted farmer’s lung, you should see your doctor at the earliest opportunity.
The farmer’s duty of care
The farm is a workplace like any other, and a farmer who employs farm-workers has a duty of care to ensure farmhands work in as safe an environment as possible. Given the potential for picking up farmer’s lung disease in enclosed environments like barns and hay lofts, a farmer should inform workers of the risks and issue appropriate PPE; in this instance – disposable dust masks, bearing the CE stamp, and marked with EN 149: 2001
With no solicitors in East Worlington most people rely on Accident Advice Helpline
Regardless of the fact that there are no solicitors in East Worlington, most people tend to rely on Accident Advice Helpline anyway. They appreciate things like the HOW MUCH calculator. we have on our website that tells anyone in just 30 seconds how much compensation they could be due.
To find out more about our ‘no win, no fee’ services, as recommended by Esther Rantzen, call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile phone.