Animal Related Injury Claims

Being attacked by an animal can be a terrifying experience causing physical and sometimes emotional damage.

The most common incidents of animal accidents are those of dog bites and farm animals straying on the road. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having been injured by an animal that you have not provoked, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Animals on the highway

Owners of livestock, such as horses or cattle, have a responsibility to ensure that the public are protected from them by ensuring that the animals are not able to get loose from their field or barn etc.

If the owner of the animals involved in the accident can be shown to have failed to manage their animals with regard to the safety of road users, a claim for personal injury damages can be brought against them.

Attacks by a dog

Despite being called “man’s best friend”, according to the NHS, the number of attacks by dogs between 2008 – 2012 has risen by 40% to just under 4000 incidents and are the most common cause type of claim for a personal injury by an animal.

For a claim to be successful, it would be necessary to prove that the owner, keeper or handler of the dog, knew or should have known that the animal was likely to bite unless properly restrained. If there is evidence that the dog had previously attacked someone or shown aggressive tendencies, there is a higher likelihood of a successful claim.

Under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, the following breeds are required to be muzzled and kept on a lead whilst in a public place. They must also be registered and insured, neutered, tattooed and have a microchip implant.

The breeds are:

Should any of these breeds injure a member of the public, it is not necessary to prove previous aggressive behaviour and a claim for compensation would be successful.

Report to the Police

You should always report an attack by a dog, or any other animal, to the Police. You may not be the first to have been attacked by it and it is important that the Police are made aware that there may be a potentially dangerous animal in the area. They are then able to take measures to protect the public by preventing the dog from attacking again.

Making a claim for compensation

If you have suffered an injury from an animal attack, you will need to get the following information:

Information needed following an attack

Funding you claim

We offer a full range of funding options including “No Win, No fee”, whereby you do not have to pay any upfront costs and there is nothing to pay should you lose the case.

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