For most people, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing ‘pet’ and ‘personal injury’ in the same sentence is a dog biting someone or someone being scratched or bitten by a cat. In reality, however, the most common accidents involving the household pet are slips, trips and falls.
Accidents involving the household pet
Trip injuries are particularly common among pet-related accidents. In most cases, owners or others visiting a home are injured by tripping over either a dog or a cat. Injuries by falling are often the result of larger dogs either jumping up on people or pushing past them at the top of stairs, for instance. Slip injuries are often the result of pets spilling food or water. Sometimes, a dog (in particular a very young one) can also have an ‘accident’, leaving puddles in unexpected places.
More accidents involving the household pet
Not all slip and trip accidents involving the household pet occur inside the home though. Owners of large dogs have been known to be injured by trips or falls as a result of their dogs pulling them onto icy patches of kerbs or into potholes, for instance, while out walking. Road accidents involving household pets are also sadly comparatively common and typically involve pets escaping out onto the road.
- Pet bites
Then, of course, there are those occasions when a pet bites someone. This does not necessarily have to be a cat or dog though. Pet snakes, spiders and even hamsters and rabbits have all been known to occasionally bite their owners or others reaching out to them.
- Pet owners
Pet owners have a legal duty to keep their pets from biting or otherwise injuring others. If you were injured by a pet that does not belong to you and the accident or bite could have been prevented by the pet’s owner (assuming you did nothing to frighten or anger the pet before it bit you), you could have a case for a personal injury claim.
How to get started
One of your first steps towards successfully claiming compensation is to pick up the phone or your mobile and give us here at Accident Advice Helpline a call. Our helpline is open around the clock, every day of the year and the number is 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993. Our advisors will ask a few question to confirm that you are entitled to claim before offering you the services of our no win no fee* solicitors. Any information you provided will be kept confidential.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown