Most people immediately think of dog bites when they think of animal attack injuries – but farm livestock and animals in petting zoos or animal sanctuaries open to the pubic have also been known to attack.
Safari parks are another common location for animal attacks – and zoos also, if cages or guard rails are insufficient to protect the public from animals which escape, or which can be petted through the cages.
Activity holidays are becoming increasingly adventurous – swimming with sharks or viewing from a shark cage can be risky if something goes wrong or the cage is not properly secured or fit for purpose.
Animal attacks which you can claim compensation for include:
Any animal which is anxious or frightened can attack – and if you are attacked without a visible warning notice about the animal or if it is running free, you can make a claim.
Animals kept in places with public access should be controlled and access to them supervised.
In private homes, attacks like dog bites are not police matters, but you can bring a no win no fee claim for animal attack injuries instead.
If an animal attack is a police matter – such as a vicious dog in public or a wild animal attack in a zoo or safari park – making a claim for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme may be possible.
Animal attack claims fall under the area of law known as personal injury.
Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim for animal attack compensation.
Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however – and minors have three years from the age of 18 years.
Because of the limitation period for personal injury claims, it is important to seek legal advice from Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors as soon as possible if you are injured in an animal attack – or family members can call if a loved one has been injured in an animal attack and is recovering in hospital.
Compensation for animal attacks includes:
Animal attack claims are usually settled by the insurer for the party liable for your injuries – whether this is a private individual or a company, organisation or business like a farm or zoo.
If the incident is subject to a criminal investigation – for example an investigation and possible conviction under the Dangerous Dogs Act – you may be able to make a claim for animal attack compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will be able to give you more information about this.
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.
Most claims for animal attack compensation are settled out-of-court – Duncan Lewis personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.
But if a court hearing is necessary, Duncan Lewis instructs leading barristers who specialise in personal injury and animal attack claims, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.
If a child is the victim of an animal attack, compensation for minors has to be approved at a local County Court hearing called an Infant Settlement Hearing. Both the child and their “Litigation Friend” – the person who acts for them in the claim, usually a parent or guardian – have to attend.
Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in animal attack claims.
Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making an animal attack compensation claim by calling 020 7923 4020.