Compensation for Animal Attacks


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By Crispin Bateman

on Thursday 28 February 2019


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I’ve been attacked by an animal – can I claim compensation?

Animal attacks can be incredibly frightening. It is in our DNA to fear a predator and many animals, from a neighbour’s dog to a great cat in a safari park, are fierce enough to cause significant harm should they choose to attack you.

Like any other injury, you should not be left to suffer if you have been injured or attacked by an animal. The Animals Act of 1971 sets out clearly the responsibility of animal owners and their liability if creatures in their care cause harm.

Additionally, the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991) provides specific regulations regarding dogs, and with a 2014 addendum describes how a victim can be entitled to compensation even if the dog just shows an intent to attack.

While some campaigners claim that these rulings cause an unnecessary number of animals to be put down and need revision, they are there to protect us from being wounded and to provide compensation should you suffer a violent animal attack.

Animal injury compensation claims can be delicate, especially if the owner of the animal is a friend or neighbour. At Accident Line Direct, we take great care to deal with every animal attack claim with sympathy and professionalism to keep difficulties to a minimum.

What types of animal attack are there?

Claims based on animal attacks are considerably more far-reaching than No Win No Fee dog bite claims. While the image of a dog attack is perhaps easy to conjure, many animal-related compensation awards are given for less-obvious situations including:

Cow attack compensation claims

Though typically seen as friendly, a cow is a large beast and when frightened or angry, can react quite badly. An injury caused by being stepped on, trampled or bitten by a cow is as much a viable compensation claim as any other animal. In a herd, cows are particularly dangerous when ruffled and care should be taken around them.

Cow attacks also cover bulls. Though farmers take great care to isolate bulls, it is important that proper signage and warnings are given around the area. If you have been injured by a bull where the warnings were poor, you may be entitled to a significant financial award.

If you have been harmed by an encounter with cattle, Accident Line Direct are here to help.

Horse related attacks and injuries

Horse riding is a popular sport, but if the stables haven’t properly provided the safety equipment and training needed to be around these huge creatures, then it is possible for an exciting day out to turn into a frightening and traumatic experience.

If you have been thrown from a horse, bitten or kicked by one then you may be entitled to compensation.

Encounters with safari park and zoo animals

Driving close to wild animals in the safe environment of a safari park is a thrilling experience, but it shouldn’t turn sour due to poor precautions on the part of the zoo or safari park owners. Wild animals, from monkeys to lions, can bite, scratch and easily wound an unsuspecting visitor.

If inadequate care has been given resulting in an injury from an animal mauling or biting, then begin a claim for compensation to receive adequate recompense for your suffering.

Petting zoo and farm animal trips

Like wild animal zoos, when inadequately secured, farm animals can pose a significant threat – from lowly chickens to flocks of running sheep. Being gently nipped might be part of the experience when hand-feeding a goat, but any animal that takes a significant bite should not be in a position of interacting with the public.

The owners of the petting zoo have a duty of care to make sure the environment is safe for all visitors and if you or someone you know has been injured from their negligence then you are entitled to compensation.

Domestic pets

Dogs, cats, rodents, lizards, snakes – the list of animals that are common pets is considerable and in many cases the creature may represent a significant threat to others. Unlike businesses like safari parks and farms, pet ownership is unregulated, and a few irresponsible owners may have animals that are known to be dangerous in their homes.

Whether the attack comes from a known threat, or a typically calm and friendly creature that is acting out of character, domestic pet attacks are not something anyone should have to suffer, and the owner is responsible for ensuring their pet is kept safely and without putting anyone else at risk.

From dog bite claims to compensation due to time off recovering from a snake bite, at Accident Line Direct we take your situation seriously and will do everything we can to get you the appropriate financial award.

Can you claim for an accident at work if you work with animals?

If your job entails working with animals then your employer has a duty of care to you to make sure that the environment, and the animals, are completely safe.

If you have had an accident at work that is due to negligence on the part of your employer, or from the actions of an animal that they own, then you are entitled to make a claim – just because you work there, doesn’t mean you have to suffer unreasonable wounds and injuries caused by animals.

Making a claim on behalf of another – children and animal attacks

Sadly, it’s often children who are injured through interactions with animals. At Accident Line Direct we have no win no fee personal injury lawyers who are experts in cases involving children and will act with empathy.

You must be a parent or legal guardian in order to make a claim on behalf of a minor. If you believe there is justification for a compensation claim, then contact us for advice and to initiate the process.

How long do I have to make a claim for an animal attack?

In the UK, there is a three-year limit on personal injury claims. It’s best to make a claim as soon as possible so that you don’t inadvertently miss the deadline. Contact us today and we can start the process immediately.

What should you do after an animal attack?

If you've been attacked by a dog or any other animal, it is good to get as much information as possible. Obviously, at the time of the incident, getting care is more important than taking pictures, but if you are able to get evidence including the details of the animal and its owner, it could be very beneficial to your case.

Make sure that you report the incident to the police – it is a crime and must be reported.

Call us at Accident Line Direct as soon as possible - the earlier you begin your claim for compensation, the more help we can give!

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