Could you make an animal attack claim?
Not many people know that if they are attacked by an animal they might be able to make a personal injury claim.
For the most part, our family pets are well-behaved and become our best friends. In fact, many people have dogs to protect them and their property and do not even think that they may cause harm to someone.
But unfortunately, thousands of people are injured in animal attacks each year. Many only suffer minor injuries, but in some instances the injury can be severe and cause long-term problems or scarring.
The most obvious and well-known type of animal attack is a dog bite. Millions of families have a pet dog and usually they are well behaved. But, as with all animals, they can be difficult to control or predict at times and this is when attacks can happen without warning.
It may be that while out walking your dog another animal approached and they started to fight, with you or another person trying to break it up and being bitten. Or if a dog is in season or with pups it can get over-protective and guard its territory violently. Sometimes, animals can just turn on people for no apparent reason.
Depending on the circumstances you could get compensation for a personal injury caused by an animal attack. This could pay for treatment or compensate you for lack of earnings if you were unable to work.
Making a personal injury claim can be a complicated and lengthy process so it is worth speaking to an expert personal injury solicitor. They will be able to talk you through the whole thing and can ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
When putting in a claim there will be lots of things that will be considered, such as who owns the dog, the situation leading up to the incident, what level of training and restraint were in place, whether the dog had attacked before, and so on.
Of course, other animals can attack as well – horses and farm animals are obvious examples and their kicks or bites can cause very painful injuries. But even cats can cause harm, and exotic pets such as lizards and snakes can also turn on humans.
Whatever the circumstances, if you have been injured by an animal you should find out about making a personal injury claim by speaking to an expert as soon as possible.