Woman Suffers Chest Injury In Cow Incident

Expert Issues Safety Warning As Summer Approaches

23.06.2011

An injury expert at Irwin Mitchell has revealed her concerns after reports emerged that a woman in Staffordshire was seriously injured by a cow.

The woman, thought to be in her 50s, is thought to have suffered a chest injury in the incident in Warslow on Wednesday afternoon (June 22nd), which occurred as she walked her dog on holiday with her husband.

After being treated at the scene, the victim was then flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

Public liability experts at Irwin Mitchell represent a number of clients who have been seriously injured by cows as a result of farmers failing to take necessary steps to protect walkers from harm.

Katrina Elsey, who specialises in such injury claims at the law firm, said: “Landowners have a duty to ensure cows are kept in fields where there is a known right of way, as a failure to adhere to this will mean that members of the public could be placed at risk.

“The danger of cows cannot be underestimated, as we have acted in cases where victims have suffered serious life-changing, and in some cases fatal, injuries.

“We would urge any farmers to ensure they keep cows away from public rights at way and also use necessary signage to highlight any risks to ramblers. Those out walking also have a responsibility to keep safe and follow designated routes.

“This issue is particularly concerning as we enter the summer months, as it is likely that more and more people will be embracing the great outdoors as the weather improves.”