Most people consider livestock animals to be domesticated, but it is still possible for them to injure those working with them, or members of the public. Cows and bulls in particular can cause serious injuries due to their size and weight. If your livestock injury has been caused by somebody’s negligence, then you may be eligible to claim for compensation.
Types of livestock injury
One of the most common types of incidents involving livestock injury is a cow or bull charging a member of the public. Whilst normally docile, peaceful creatures, cows could attack if they feel threatened, and because many public paths in the UK run through farmer’s fields, these types of incidents do occur. During calving season, when cows are protective of their babies, this type of incident is more likely to happen. It’s the responsibility of individual farmers to decide whether an animal’s temperament means it is safe to keep them in a field with a footpath running through it, and whether or not warning signs are needed.
Other injuries which could be caused by livestock include a crushed foot or ribcage, and pregnant women should stay away from sheep during the lambing season, as they could be infected with toxoplasmosis, chlamydiosis or listeriosis. Pigs, cows and sheep could even escape from their field onto the road, where they could cause road traffic accidents.
The injuries caused by livestock could be serious – if you’re charged by a cow you could suffer from head injuries, broken bones and even punctured lungs. Most people who have been charged by a cow or bull will require medical treatment, which could lead to medical expenses and possibly even loss of earnings due to time off work. If you have been injured by livestock due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to make an accident compensation claim. If you work with livestock, it’s your employer’s duty to provide you with the necessary safety training and information as well as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to carry out your job safely. If this doesn’t happen, you could make a claim for employer negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline have more than 13 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation industry, and you can call our freephone helpline 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone – we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds if you have a viable claim. Our 100% ‘no win, no fee’ service ensures you are able to claim what is rightfully yours.
Date Published: November 21, 2013
Author: David Brown