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    If you get ill after attending a petting zoo, who is liable?


    Adults and children alike love a trip to the petting zoo, but what happens if you develop an illness after touching and stroking the animals at a public zoo? If you’ve been injured in a public place or you’ve suffered a slip, trip or fall and you weren’t to blame, it may be advisable to seek advice from our expert personal injury lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline.

    What happens if you get ill after attending a petting zoo?

    If you get ill after attending a petting zoo, you may be wondering who is liable. Claiming compensation can be a complex process, especially in cases where it is not clear who is at fault. In the case of a petting zoo, it may be possible to claim public liability compensation in cases where the public was exposed to health risks by visiting a farm or zoo. There are case studies which involve legal action following the contracting of illnesses including E.coli. In order to claim compensation, it must be confirmed that the source of the illness was a specific public place, such as a farm, zoo, wildlife park or petting zoo.

    How to prevent getting ill after attending a petting zoo

    If you are planning a family day out at the petting zoo, here are some simple steps to reduce the risk of public place illnesses and injuries:

    • always wash your hands after touching animals
    • try to discourage children from putting their hands in their mouths after touching animals
    • supervise children at all times
    • wash your hands before eating
    • avoid getting close to animal’s mouths
    • clean your shoes and clothes after visiting a petting zoo

    Can I claim for an accident at a petting zoo?

    If you’ve been injured in a public place, such as a petting zoo, and you were not at fault, you may be eligible for public place accident compensation. If the incident occurred within the last 3 years and you have evidence to support your public liability claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    The phone lines are open 24 hours a day and our friendly and approachable advisors can talk you through the claims process. If you do have a viable case and you wish to pursue your claim, our expert legal team will do all they can to get you the no win, no fee* compensation you deserve.

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    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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