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Animal Injury Claims & Animal Attack Claims

 

The Animal Injury Claims Solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler have successfully claimed financial compensation for victims of animal attacks, acting for both employees suffering animal injuries in the workplace and the general public injured by pets, horses or livestock. 

Thousands of people are wounded every year by vicious and dangerous animals.

If you have been injured by an animal through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

Whilst bites from domestic pets are the most frequent cause of Animal Injury Claims in the UK, other claims involve road traffic accidents caused by animals on the road and attacks by livestock.

Animal Injury Claims cover a broad range of circumstances whereby an individual has been injured directly by an animal or indirectly as a result of an animal’s actions.

Who is responsible when an animal attacks someone?

Regardless of whether it’s a horse or a dog, the animals’ owners are responsible.

Introduced in 1971, the Animals Act legally requires owners and handlers to ensure that the animal in their care does not hurt or injure anybody. The person in charge at the time of the accident will be held liable and the Act imposes severe penalties on the owners of animals that cause any damage or injury to others.

Failure to take their responsibility seriously could result in owners being ordered to pay compensation to the victim. Although not a legal requirement, most responsible owners should have a public liability insurance policy in place to cover themselves if their animal attacks someone without provocation.

In situations where individuals or businesses work with animals, and the public use their facilities or services, the obligation to risk assess and manage the animals to ensure a safe environment is even greater.

Animal Injury Compensation Claims

If you have been injured by an animal attack through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

As specialists in Personal Injury Law, we have acted for employees suffering wounds from animals in the workplace and the general public injured by pets, horses or livestock; securing substantial settlement fees.

Most claims for animal attack compensation are settled out-of-court by the insurer for the party liable for your injuries.

You may have had to take time off work because of your injuries, leading to a loss of earnings. You may be entitled to compensation due to having to undergo medical treatment and the cost of this. Damage might have been caused to your property, for which you could also make a claim. Whatever the reason, you should speak to a Personal Injury Claims Solicitor who can advise you on your circumstances at the earliest opportunity.

If you’ve been attacked by an animal, it’s essential that you notify the police to ensure that the animal is unable to attack another person. The police may order a dangerous animal to be destroyed to prevent further attacks from occurring.

Through speaking to a member of our team we can advise you on whether or not you may be entitled to make a claim following your accident, and we can arrange any further help or support you may need.

As every case is different, we’ll tailor our advice towards your individual circumstances in order to meet your specific needs and objectives.

No Win No Fee Animal Injury Claims

We offer various forms of funding such as conditional agreements. If your case is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay a penny. However, if your case is successful, we guarantee you the maximum amount of compensation with minimal legal costs. As the victim, we’re here to help you and will always endeavour to do everything within our power to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact our Animal Injury Claims Solicitors today.

What You Should Do After an Animal Attack

In the event of an animal attack you should seek immediate medical attention. The best course of action is to get the wounds cleaned out as quickly as possible to prevent any infection and future complications. You’ll also be issued with a medical report. As irrefutable proof that you were injured by an animal, this will significantly strengthen your claim for compensation.

After taking these steps, you need to file a report at the nearest police station. The police will then decide if anyone else is at risk of being attacked by the same animal and take the necessary steps to prevent this from happening. You should also take photographs of your injury and if possible, of the animal involved and ask for the contact details of as many people who were at the scene at that time who witnessed the attack.

Working with Animals

There are many industries in which working with animals is a standard part of the job. But just because you know the risks, doesn’t mean you are not entitled to compensation if  an accident occurs.

Employers have a duty to assess the risks of working with, and handling or moving, livestock. If this is not done adequately and a farm worker, stockman or wildlife worker is injured, a claim can be made for compensation. This also includes situations such as a lack of appropriate training, protective clothing, supervision or support when you are handling the animal(s) you're working with.

Whether you are working with untrained animals on a farm or zoo, or working with animals trained for work, such as police dogs and horses, if an accident happens as the result of another person's negligence, you are entitled to be compensated for any injuries or losses you sustained.

If you are injured during the course of your work, making a claim for compensation can ensure you are able to meet additional expenses, such as any time off work needed as a result of your injury, or any medical treatment that may be required.

Injuries from Livestock

Livestock considered accustomed to humans, such as pigs, sheep and cows, can all attack and cause serious or even fatal injuries – especially if animals sense danger and are afraid, are hungry or have young.

All animals can be unpredictable, and this unpredictability makes them potentially dangerous.

According to a report by the HSE, 23% of all farm-related deaths were caused by incidents involving animals including cattle.

While the majority of livestock are thought to be domesticated creatures, they can still be extremely volatile when they feel anxious or frightened. For example, bulls and cows are capable of charging at innocent bystanders and causing serious injuries.

Animal owners have a duty of care to make sure they are correctly controlled and supervised when public access is available. Compensation can be claimed for injuries sustained on farmland and footpaths through parks where wild animals graze. Dangers should be clearly signposted with information about the risks of being in close contact with farm animals, livestock or wild animals like deer – especially at specific times of the year when animals may be aggressive to protect their young.

Members of the public injured by livestock can also claim if animals stray onto roads or train tracks causing road traffic accidents or train accidents.

Injuries caused by dangerous livestock which can be claimed for include:

 

Let Us Review Your Animal Injury Claim

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Contact Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

As specialists in personal injury law, we have acted for employees suffering wounds from animals in the workplace and the general public injured by pets, horses or livestock; securing substantial settlement fees.

If you or a loved one have suffered injury as a result of an accident involving or caused by an animal, or if you have been attacked or bitten by an animal, then we understand that such incidents can take some time to recover from emotionally, not to mention the recovery period depending on the severity of your physical injuries.

You are rightly entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering and any financial losses incurred as a direct result of the accident or injury.

Talk to one of our specialist Animal Injury Lawyers at the earliest convenience.

You can drop into our offices during working hours. No appointment is needed, just call in.

Whilst we cannot guarantee you will be able to see a lawyer immediately, you will be able to speak confidentially with a member of our team who will record some key information so that one of our experts can discuss your matter further with you. Most of our offices have disabled access and convenient parking. We can also arrange a home or hospital visit where clients may feel more comfortable and we will deal with your situation sensitively and compassionately.

We can assist you through the entire process of making a claim and in helping with your recovery. We are recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as one of the country's leading personal injury & serious injury claims solicitors’ teams. Whatever injury has befallen you, we are ready and able to help.

You can count on Lanyon Bowdler to fight to secure you the maximum compensation you deserve and to ensure your physical and emotional well-being are completely prioritised and catered for.

Please contact a member of the team or complete our online enquiry form toward the top of this page on the right-hand side.

Lanyon Bowdler has offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, Telford, and Conwy. We regularly act for clients regarding Personal Injury Claims across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands. As a leading national law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

To arrange an initial consultation, get in touch today.

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