Injuries caused by Dangerous Livestock
Duncan Lewis Personal Injury Solicitors for Injuries caused by Dangerous Livestock
No Win No Fee Claims for Injuries caused by Dangerous Livestock
Duncan Lewis is one of the UK’s leading firms of personal injury and Legal Aid solicitors – and can advise on how to make a no win no fee compensation claim for injuries caused by dangerous livestock as a result of someone else’s negligence or if a stray animal has caused injury.
Making Claims for Injuries caused by Dangerous Livestock
Working with livestock can be a challenging environment – all-weather conditions and long hours mean stockmen have to carry out their duties regardless of whether they feel tired or ill.
Employers have a legal duty to assess risks, however – and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigates livestock accidents and sets guidelines for safe working with livestock, including recommendations for children’s safety on farms.
- Lone working and livestock injury
Lone working with livestock is not recommended and can be extremely dangerous, as even a single animal can launch an unprovoked attack and cause severe injury if it is injured or has an infection, is feeling nervous or is caught off guard by a sudden movement or noise, or is being handled by a new member of the team without supervision.
Livestock considered accustomed to humans, such as pigs, sheep and cows, can all attack and cause serious injury or even Fatal Injuries – especially if animals sense danger and are afraid, or are hungry or have young.
Employers have a duty to assess the risks of working with and handling or moving livestock and if this is not done adequately and a farm worker, stockman or wildlife worker is injured, a claim can be made for compensation.
- Children’s Injuries and livestock
Keeping children safe on farms is of paramount importance and children handling livestock need to be supervised, even if they have been around animals all their lives. The dangers of animals at farms, petting zoos and wildlife parks should be clearly signposted for visitors.
- Public liability and livestock injury
Members of the public injured by livestock can also claim if an animal strays and causes injury – including injuries sustained in Road Traffic Accidents or train accidents caused by livestock on a road or rail tracks. Compensation can also be claimed for injuries sustained on farmland and footpaths through parks where wild animals graze. Dangers should be clearly signposted with information about the risks of being in close contact with farm animals, livestock or wild animals like deer – especially at calving or lambing time, when animals may be aggressive to protect their young.
- Pregnant women and livestock
Pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers should never come into contact with ewes at lambing season because of the risk of infections such as chlamydiosis, toxoplasmosis, and listeriosis, which could be passed to an unborn baby or via breast milk.
- Zoonotic infections
Zoonotic infections can be passed from animals to humans. As well as chlamydiosis, toxoplasmosis, and listeriosis in sheep, livestock can carry soil and water-borne infections like Salmonella and E.coli. These cause severe symptoms of Food Poisoning in contaminated meat, as well as drinking water if grazing lands are near to water sources. Birds, insects – and reptile skin – also carry Salmonella. Antibiotic-resistant MRSA in livestock may also be a risk to humans – and goats can carry anthrax.
Injuries caused by dangerous livestock which can be claimed for include:
- Amputation/loss of limb
- Brain/head injury
- Crush injuries
- Gore injuries
- Kick injuries
- Lacerations and scarring
- Spinal/back injury
- Trampling injuries
- Zoonotic infections.
How long do I have to claim Compensation for Injuries caused by Dangerous Livestock?
Compensation claims for injuries caused by dangerous livestock 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 compensation.
Claims can sometimes be made outside the three-year limitation period, however – and minors have three years from the age of 18 to make a claim.
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 wish to make a compensation claim for injuries caused by dangerous livestock.
Family members can call Duncan Lewis for advice on making a claim if a loved one has been badly injured in an accident involving dangerous livestock and is still recovering in hospital, or has been fatally injured.
How much can I Claim for Injuries caused by Dangerous Livestock?
Compensation claims for injuries caused by dangerous livestock
- General Damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity
The exact amount will be assessed according to the extent of injury, estimated recovery time and rehabilitation needed – and whether further medical treatment or even lifelong care is needed.
- Special Damages to cover medical fees and out-of-pocket expenses
Expenses might include physiotherapy, loss of earnings, travel expenses to hospital or damage to personal items and clothing. Ongoing care, loss of future salary and pension or adaptations to your home would be included in the event of catastrophic injuries.
Who pays Compensation for Injuries caused by Dangerous Livestock?
The insurance company of the party liable for the accident or injury settles the compensation claim – such as the insurer of an employer who was negligent, or the insurer of a farm or petting zoo.
Will I have to go to court to claim compensation?
Your Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitor will keep you fully informed at all stages of the case.
Many compensation claims for dangerous livestock injuries 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 cases, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.
Compensation paid to minors in claims for injuries caused by dangerous livestock has to be approved at an Infant Settlement Hearing at the local County Court – the child and their “Litigation Friend” (usually a parent or guardian) have to attend this hearing.
Why Duncan Lewis is the best solicitor for Injuries caused by Dangerous Livestock Compensation Claims
- Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors understand just how serious injuries caused by dangerous livestock can be – we believe in putting you first to obtain the best results for you
- Duncan Lewis is one of the leading firms of Personal Injury and Legal Aid solicitors in the UK
- Our initial advice on making a compensation claim for injuries caused by dangerous livestock is free
- Duncan Lewis accepts claims for injuries caused by dangerous livestock on a no win no fee basis, so you will not have to worry about legal fees
- We will visit you at home if you are recovering from serious injuries caused by dangerous livestock – and can arrange expert medical opinions to help back up your claim
- Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors will make sure you understand every stage of your injury claim
- We will handle negotiations for you, so you do not have to worry while you are recovering from your injuries.
Duncan Lewis personal injury solicitors have a successful track record in accident and injury claims, including Animal Attack Injuries.
Contact Duncan Lewis for free advice on making a compensation claim for injuries caused by dangerous livestock by calling 020 7923 4020.