Farmer's Lung Claims

Farmer's lung is a respiratory disease that can affect farmers and agricultural workers who breathe in dust from mouldy hay or any other mouldy crop. If you have developed farmer's lung due to the negligence of an employer or former employer, you may be able to make a claim. JMW's expert solicitors are here to guide you through the entire process.

Speak to our team today to find out more about your farmer's lung compensation claim. We are happy to offer you expert advice and will answer any questions you may have. Simply call us on 0800 054 6570 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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Farmer's Lung Explained

Farmer's lung is an allergic disease and the most commonly occurring form of allergic alveolitis. It is often referred to as extrinsic allergic alveolitis, hypersensitivity alveolitis or hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and it can affect agricultural workers who have worked with organic materials that have not been properly dried. These materials can give off spores and dust that can harm the lungs.

Repeated exposure can lead to inflammation of the lungs and acute lung disease that, over time, can develop into a long-lasting (chronic) lung disease.


Farmer's lung is primarily caused by breathing in mouldy hay, although it can also be caused by exposure to any mouldy crop, such as:

  • Corn
  • Straw
  • Grain
  • Silage
  • Mushroom compost

The primary causes are spores from two types of bacteria, which are called micropolyspora faeni and thermoactinomyces vulgaris. Aspergillus, which are certain types of moulds, are also known causes.

If a crop is harvested in wet conditions and it undergoes a period of self-heating while in storage, bacterias can form, and as the hay dries it can become dusty. This dust may then be breathed in by those in close contact with the crop, such as farmers and agricultural workers. Although the spores themselves are not infectious, they can cause an allergic reaction.


There are a number of symptoms of farmer's lung, which include:

  • Chills
  • Persistent coughing
  • Shortness of breath

If you suspect that you may be suffering from farmer's lung, contact a doctor immediately so that you can get the right treatment. 

Making a Claim

If you believe you have developed farmer's lung due to the negligent actions of your current or former employer, it is highly likely you will be in a position to seek industrial disease compensation. This negligence may have taken the form of poor supervision or insufficient training in the storage of hay, straw, corn, grain, silage or mushroom compost.

If you are unsure of whether you can make a compensation claim for farmer's lung, contact the experienced industrial disease solicitors at JMW as soon as possible, as we will be able to advise you further.

Why Choose JMW?

The highly experienced and professional solicitors at JMW will offer unrivalled support, providing the guidance you need from the beginning of your case right through to its conclusion. We believe communication is vital, and so we will keep you updated of any developments as we go, making sure you are always in the know.

We understand that you have been through a difficult time, which is why we will endeavour to make the experience as stress-free as possible for you, taking on all of the hard work so that you can concentrate on getting better.

Talk to Us

Getting in touch with our team could not be easier. Simply give us a call on 0800 054 6570 or, if you would rather we contacted you, complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back to discuss your farmer's lung claim.

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