Injury in public

Animal injury compensation claims

Most animals have the capacity to bite or bolt when frightened or surprised. So if you have been injured by an animal, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Slater and Gordon is one of the UK's most experienced No Win No Fee injury claims firms.

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Slater and Gordon is one of Britain's leading compensation firms for injuries that were caused by aggressive or out of control animals. Talk to us now on freephone 0161 830 9632 or contact us online to speak to one of our legal experts.

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What sort of injuries are caused by animals?

As you might expect, most animal injuries in the UK are caused by dogs, either by attacking people, or by running into the road and causing a vehicle to swerve. Royal Mail says that more than 2,000 postal workers are bitten by dogs every year, and that is very much the thin end of the wedge. However, it isn't just dogs that cause injuries to humans. Livestock, horses, zoo animals and even cats also cause a large number of injuries every year. Some of the compensation claims we deal with typically involve:

To find out if your animal injury might entitle you to seek compensation, talk to an expert today.

I've been injured by an animal. Who do I claim against?

Every animal owner has a duty of care to keep it under control and prevent it from causing injury or damage. If they do not keep their animal under control and it causes injury, you can make a claim against the animal owner. In certain cases, especially if the animal concerned is a dangerous one, the Animal Act 1971 may come into play. This law applies particularly to dangerous species, particularly where there has been negligence or the owner has provoked the animal. In either case, whether you have been injured in your workplace or anywhere else, the owner is liable to pay compensation for injuries or damage caused by any animal they own or keep.

I've been injured by an animal at work. Should I still claim?

Many people are frightened to make a claim against their employer when they have been injured by an animal in the workplace, for fear that it will be held against them. However, it's worth bearing two facts in mind if you find yourself in this position:

  • Your employer has a Duty of Care to protect you, not to mention employer's liability insurance to pay for claims like this. They should also understand that animals are unpredictable and that some events, such as a horse kicking a groom, for example, are only to be expected
  • Employment laws strictly prohibit you from being dismissed as the result of claiming compensation for an injury

So if you have been injured by an animal in the workplace, you should talk to us about making an injury compensation claim against your employer's liability insurance.

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How much will my claim be worth?

There is no set rule for how much compensation you might receive for an injury caused by an animal. It very much depends on the extent of your injuries and how long it is expected that a full recovery will take. However, in addition to damages for pain and suffering, you may also be able to claim for any loss of earnings as well as for the cost of any medical treatment or rehabilitation that may be required.

How long do I have to make a claim?

The law generally sets a time limit of three years from the date of an injury in which to start a claim, though longer may be allowed if you are claiming on behalf of a child or someone with mental impairment.

How long does an animal injury claim take?

This usually depends on how serious your injuries are as well as whether the negligent party's insurers accept liability. However, we always aim to pursue justice for our clients as efficiently as possible, and will also seek to claim interim payments where your injury might cause you financial hardship, or where you need to begin rehabilitation as soon as possible.

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