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Claims for Injuries Caused by Animals
If you have suffered an injury after coming into contact with an animal, be it a dog bite, a fall from a horse, an encounter with a cow or other farm animal, an attack at a safari park or any other incident involving an animal, you could be entitled to claim compensation. At JMW, we are highly experienced in dealing with cases of this nature and our personal injury team can provide the support you need to get the outcome you are after.
To speak to a member of the team about your animal injury claim, simply call us on 0800 054 6570 or, alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Our team is here to help and we will guide you throughout the process, from beginning to end.
About Animal Attack Claims
Animal attacks are not uncommon and can take various forms. While most people will likely associate an animal attack with an unsupervised dog biting someone, unsuspecting individuals may be prone to attacks from many different animals, in a variety of locations, such as petting zoos, farms, pet shops and animal sanctuaries.
Injuries can range in severity, but more serious incidents can have very damaging long-term consequences. If you or someone you know have been hurt by an animal that was running free or visible warning notice of the animal was not provided, or if the animal wasn't being controlled or access to them not supervised, you can make a claim.
An animal may be more prone to attack if it is anxious or frightened, and this can happen anywhere - an attack from someone else's pet in a domestic setting, to an attack on farmland or surrounding public highways and property. An attack from an animal may even happen during an activity on holiday, such as swimming with sharks.
Types of Attack
There are many potential situations in which individuals may be injured when dealing with animals, often in a very specific set of circumstances. The most frequent sorts of accidents we have encountered are:
- Dog-related accidents - These have included dog bites and maulings, which are often caused by over aggressive or untrained dogs, or dogs involved in specialised work
- Horse-related accidents - These have included riders falling off horses and bystanders being injured by spooked horses
- Incidents involving cows, bulls and cattle - These have included members of the public being attacked by an unsupervised herd of cattle
- Accidents involving other farm animals - These have included sheep stampeding
- Accidents involving exotic animals - These have included animals attacking in 'encounter' areas at safari and wildlife parks
However, claims can also be made in relation to many other forms of animal attacks, including:
- Exotic small pet bites and stings, such as parrots and spiders
- Snake bites and constriction
- Wild animal attacks, such as bites and maulings
- Camel bites
- Bull gore injuries
JMW has particular expertise when it comes to dealing with attacks from cows and cattle. Sadly, these large farm animals can be dangerous and cause serious injury if unsupervised in scenarios where they could come into contact with members of the public, such as being moved from field to field. In the worst instances, attacks can cause fatal injury.
Our team also has a number of years experience when it comes to handling dog bite injuries, whether this is from someone else's pet or a working dog, such as a police dog. We understand the circumstances that may surround such incidents and are equipped to deal with them on your behalf, so that you can be assured of an appropriate amount of compensation.
Working with Animals
There are many industries in which working with animals is a standard part of the job. Farmers and zoo workers, for example, work with untrained animals on a daily basis. Many other workers handle animals trained for work, such as police dogs and horses. Accidents can still happen, and should you be injured in these circumstances, you are entitled to make a claim, provided your injury arose as the result of another's negligence. This includes situations such as a lack of appropriate training, supervision or support when you are handling the animal(s) you're working with.
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.
Why Choose JMW?
At JMW, we appreciate that there is a likelihood that the person responsible for the animal that has committed the attack may be known to the injured party, particularly if the incident involves a domestic animal, such as a dog. These matters need to be treated sensitively, with the welfare of the injured party made a matter of priority.
When you make a claim with us, you can be assured that your claim will be safe with skilled professionals, and dealt with the utmost respect and care.
We are professional and proactive in our approach and will always put your best interests first in order to help you get the outcome you deserve. We can provide you with the information you need to decide whether or not you'd like to make a claim. Our solicitors pride themselves on our high levels of client care and providing our clients with straightforward, easy to follow advice.