Farmer’s Lung Claims

farmer working with hay

Farmer’s Lung is most commonly caused by allergic alveolitis, which is an allergic disease that can affect agricultural workers; it is often referred to as extrinsic allergic alveolitis, hypersensitivity alveolitis or hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Agricultural workers can suffer with this if they have worked with materials that emit spores and dust which have not dried properly. Exposure to these materials can cause an inflammation to the lungs and acute lung disease, which over time can develop into chronic lung disease.

Is Farmer’s Lung caused by employer negligence?

Farmers are at a greater risk of being diagnosed with Farmer’s Lung if their employer has failed to place preventative measures to reduce humidity. It is the obligation of employers to protect employees from potential injuries and industrial diseases such as Farmer’s Lung.

If you have been diagnosed with Farmer’s Lung and believe it is the fault of your employer’s negligence you could be entitled to claim Farmer’s lung compensation.

Causes and symptoms of Farmer’s Lung

Causes of Farmer’s Lung include:

  • Breathing in mouldy hay
  • Breathing in mouldy corn
  • Breathing in mouldy straw
  • Breathing in mouldy grain
  • Breathing in mouldy silage
  • Breathing in mouldy mushroom compost

The main causes are from two types of bacteria in spores, which are Micropolyspora faeni and Thermoactinomyces vulgaris. As well as certain types of mold such as Aspergillus.

When a crop is harvested in wet or damp conditions, bacteria can form when the crop is self-heating in storage. The hay can dry and become dusty which is then breathed in by agricultural workers and can cause the allergic reaction.
Being diagnosed with Farmer’s Lung can have a huge impact on a person and can cause strain on their lives.
Typical symptoms people with Farmer’s Lung experience are:

  • Shortness of breathe
  • Persistent and on-going cough
  • Chills

Claiming compensation for Farmer’s Lung

Our team of expert solicitors can help you claim compensation if you are an employee and have been diagnosed with Farmer’s Lung. Our team are supportive, understanding and offer high quality advice.

Contact Mellor Hargreaves solicitors on 0800 811 844 for more information and to see if you have a compensation claim.