Our animal injury lawyers help people who have been seriously injured in an attack or accident. Most commonly these incidents involve cows, dogs, or horses. We may be able to make a claim from the owner/keeper of the animal, your employer, an instructor, or even a government compensation scheme.
- Who can make a claim?
- What’s the time limit for making an animal injury claim?
- Can you make a no win no fee claim?
- How much compensation can you expect?
- Why choose us?
For a free initial consultation about your animal injury claim, call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.
We’ve handled animal compensation claims in situations including:
- Crush/trample injuries
- Horse kick and bite injuries
- Being thrown from a horse
- Animals in the road
- Road traffic accidents involving horses
- Dog bites/attacks
- Incidents involving animals while on holiday or working abroad
- Injuries caused by non-domesticated animals (for example at zoos, on safari or while diving)
- Illnesses contracted from animals
- Fatal incidents.
If you own the animal that injured you, it’s generally the case that you can’t claim. However, if there was a third party involved it may be possible. An example could be a speeding motorist spooking your horse, causing you to be thrown off. In that situation you may be able to claim if the driver didn’t follow the Highway Code and caused your injuries as a result.
The normal time limit for making an animal injury claim is three years from the date the incident happened.
However, there are a few exceptions to this rule, including:
- Mental capacity
If a loved one lacks the capacity to make a claim themselves, there’s no time limit.
A claim can be made at any point until the child turns 18. Once the child is 18 they can make a claim themselves at any point before they turn 21.
- Accidents that happened abroad
Time limits in foreign countries are different to the UK, and can often be shorter.
It’s best to start a claim as soon as you can. Making your claim sooner will mean that it’s easier to collect evidence and witness statements in support of your claim.
Most of the animal injury claims we handle are on a no win no fee basis. This means that there’s nothing to pay upfront and nothing to pay if your case is unsuccessful.
If your case is successful, your opponent will pay most of your legal fees.
No two people are the same. And similar injuries can impact different people in different ways. So the compensation you could expect will depend on your injuries, and their effect on your life.
That’s why it’s important to use solicitors that are familiar with the type of injury you have. They can accurately value your claim to get you the maximum amount of compensation. Our animal injury solicitors have years of experience in this area, working with people who have been seriously injured.
When valuing your claim we would take into account your:
- Injuries and how severe they are (both physical and psychological – a lot of people are especially traumatised following incidents involving animals)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- Care, rehabilitation and support needs
- Housing needs.
We have a specialist team of serious injury lawyers, who have years of experience with claims involving animals in the UK and around the world. Our team understand what you’re going through, and what needs to be done to get you the compensation and support you deserve.
We’re one of only a few firms to offer a “support and rehabilitation” team. This team works alongside your lawyer to make your life easier. They can help you access state benefits, as well as specialist support and rehabilitation services.
When you make a claim with us, you are our priority. We’ll try to get an early admission of responsibility from the person or organisation you’re claiming from. With this we can then try and get you an interim compensation payment while your claim is going through.
Interim compensation can help cover your lost earnings as well as to pay for things you need as part of your rehabilitation (such as physiotherapy, or to make your home more accessible).
Most claims involving serious injuries can take a few years to finish. This is because it will take time to understand how far you’re able to recover and therefore the long term impact of your injury. Our friendly team will be there to support you every step of the way, and will work hard to ensure you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
For a free initial consultation about your animal injury claim, call us free on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.
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