Owning a pet has been proven to be good for your health and there is nothing nicer than an evening on the sofa with the dog or cat; stroking them and getting their love and loyalty in return is very good for the soul. It is important when you have children to give them something for which they can feel themselves responsible and a well-chosen pet is a real treat for a child. Generally, caged animals are best, as long as they are docile and friendly, but as a parent you would have to be ready to take over the care, if only as a watching brief – children are sometimes a bit forgetful when it comes to feeding the hamster!
Not all pets are cuddly
Other people’s pets can be a problem, especially if they are not well trained. If you or one of your children is bitten by a dog, this is usually a police matter as dangerous dogs are illegal. Cats are a different matter as cats are not considered in law to be animals over which their owner has any control (and most cat owners would agree with that one hundred per cent!) and if a cat causes serious injury it may be a case for an injury lawyer.
A cat scratched me leaving scars. Can I claim?
Some situations with animal injuries can be quite tricky and you will need help in finding out whether you have a claim. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline will help to sort out the situation because one of our expert advisors will listen to all the facts and assess the likelihood of a claim being successful. Some animal injuries can be quite straightforward – such as an unfenced field allowing cattle to roam or an inadequately supervised horse riding lesson to name but two – but others are far more complex and need expert assistance.
We can help
If you can show that the accident was not your fault (in the case of injury by an animal this will involve proving that you did not tease or hurt the animal); that the injury was severe enough to require medical intervention, which you sought at the time or as soon as was practicable and that it happened in the last three years, you may well have a claim. We don’t charge upfront fees and work on a strictly no win no fee* basis, so it costs nothing to ask; give us a call today.
Date Published: April 6, 2014
Author: David Brown