Dangerous, out of control animals cause thousands of injuries every year. If you have been bitten, mauled, kicked or knocked over by an animal and sustained an injury, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
All animals are the responsibility of their owners, so whether you have been harmed by a dog, a horse, or cattle if that animal has injured you without provocation, then the owner is responsible for your injuries. In addition to the injury compensation, if the animal’s owner does not take their responsibility seriously, they could be ordered to pay animal attack compensation to the victim. Many responsible animal owners have insurance, although this is not a legal requirement. Victims may also be able to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
If you have been injured by an animal, you should inform the police in the first instance so that danger to others is minimised. Common claims for injuries caused by animals include:
- Stray animals running or wandering into traffic
- Horse riding falls and accidents
- Children injured by animals in a zoo or wildlife park
- Accidents in farms and stables, including injuries to employees
- claims for a dog bite
In all cases and an injury caused by angry or panicked animals can often be terrifying and traumatic for the person concerned. Contact Smith Jones Solicitors today on freephone 0800 195 9590 to find out more. It is completely free and without obligation to consult with us, discuss your claim and how we could help.
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FAQ About Animal Accidents
CLAIMING FOR AN ANIMAL ATTACK
The Animal Act 1971 was put in place to cover damage caused by animals. It is especially useful to cover injuries or damage sustained by dangerous species or if the circumstances meet particular conditions. For example, the Act would apply if there was negligence or the owner or keeper had provoked the animal to cause an attack.
The law establishing liability for animal attacks can be complicated and because of this not all conditions of the Act must be satisfied to secure a successful claim. Our experienced litigation team will review your case and advise you on the merits of your case. We will provide you with our opinion and likelihood of a successful claim based on the information you give us.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER AN ANIMAL ATTACK?
If you have been injured by an animal, you must first seek immediate medical attention. Animal attacks can be fatal and even if only mild injuries are sustained it is important to get them looked at because wounds should be cleaned and treated as soon as possible to prevent any sepsis or other potential complications. If possible, check to see if the animal has received all the usual vaccinations on schedule and then make sure that you seek medical attention as proof of your injuries and a record of any treatment that you may have received.
After obtaining medical attention, you should report the matter to the police.
Other things that you can gather are:
- Photographs of the injury and if possible of the animal involved;
- The name and contact details of the owner of the animal; and
- The contact details of as many witnesses as possible to the attack
WHY MAKE AN ANIMAL INJURY CLAIM?
If you are considering making a claim for an injury sustained by an animal you should speak to our team of experts. We specialise in animal injury claims. There are many reasons why you could and should seek a compensation award. Here are a few:
- Physical injuries
- Psychological trauma
- Absence from work
- Potential loss of earnings
- Medical treatment and associated costs
- Damage to your car, van, or other property
After an accident, you need time to recover without stress and worry about your finances. This is where we can help. We can focus on pursuing personal injury compensation while you focus on your recovery. Call us to find out more about the process of claiming for an animal injury claim.
HOW TO CLAIM 'NO WIN NO FEE' COMPENSATION
Our friendly experts can advise you on the process of starting your claim. Our lawyers have many years of experience, and we handle many claims just like yours every year.
The majority of our cases are funded on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis. This agreement is also known as a conditional fee agreement, which is often abbreviated to CFA. This means there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim and you will only be liable for our legal costs should you be successful in your claim.¹³
During our initial call we will ask you for details on your animal injury. These are a series of very simple questions to determine whether the animal’s owner is responsible for your injuries and whether they are liable for your compensation. If you have already received medical attention, we may ask you to supply us with copies of the medical documentation received when you were treated for your injuries after the animal attack.
How Much Compensation Will You Receive?
The amount of compensation you can claim varies from case to case and is dependent on the extent of your injuries and any additional losses as a result of the incident. Our animal injury claims specialists will make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for your claim.