On the Sunday just gone, I was coming down a small country lane which has large detached cottages on the left hand side and a number of farms on the right. The farmer there uses the country lane to move cattle from one farm to another. It had been raining early in the day but it was dry with albeit a bit of damp on the ground. As you would expect I was taking it easy round the lane. However, on coming to a winding right hand corner that runs by the farm - my bike completely lost control due to slipping on the cow shoot that the cattle had deposited in transit sending me tumbling. I have had minor injuries - right leg is one big graze and my elbow has been badly bruised with a relatively deep gouge. Both injuries have become infected and I have been to A&E for treatment and I am set to go back. I have been informed that the farmer has a duty of care to keep the road clear for others and therefore may be liable. I have only given my bike a quick once over and asides from scratches on the chainstays, it appears fine. However, a friend has told me that in order to properly assess any carbon damage you would need an x-ray....(?) Should I bother claiming her? I appreciate the law instructs that a farmer has a duty of care but I am completely unsure about whether to do it. I have had to mess about with shifts at work to make my way to and from A&E as well. Have other people had any similar situations or can advise at all that would be much appreciated.