There has been an increase in the number of zoo accidents reported in recent years. As an employee at a zoo, you can be injured after a slip, trip or fall around the zoo. Such accidents typically result in sprains or bone fractures of varying degrees. An animal attack can also leave you nursing grievous wounds. Depending on the nature of the attack and the animal’s ferocity, you can sustain anything from bites and scratches to severed limbs and other serious wounds.
You could be entitled to receive zoo employee accident compensation if you can prove that you have been the victim of a third party’s negligent actions and that the guilty party owed you a duty of care.
All employers in the UK are obligated by law to ensure that they provide a safe and healthy working environment for their employees. If you believe that your injuries were sustained because your employer neglected their duty then you can bring a compensation claim against them. Your employer is required to have liability insurance to cover such claims brought against them.
You need to provide enough evidence to show that your employer knew of the hazard in the workplace and failed to take preventive measures. For instance, you can show that your employer failed to maintain the zoo grounds in good condition or they failed to provide adequate protection for their employees.
However, you need to keep in mind that the employer’s duty of care is not absolute. This means that if the zoo succeeds in proving that your own actions and carelessness led to your accident and subsequent injuries, your claim could be thrown out.
Steps in making a zoo employee accident claim
- Confirm the validity of your claim using the 30-second calculator on the Accident Advice Helpline’s website. Our unique tool will also give you the approximate payout amount you can get from your accident claim.
- Gather all the evidence you have pertaining to the zoo accident. This includes medical records regarding the injuries you sustained, copies of prescriptions, receipts, photos of the accident scene and injuries, CCTV footage as well as the contact details of any witnesses. You should also ascertain that your accident was entered in the zoo’s accident report book.
- Speak to a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity. Your solicitor will assess the details of the case and determine whether you can make a claim for compensation. Additionally, the solicitor knows the right evidence to include in the claim, to maximise your chances of winning.
We at Accident Advice Helpline would be happy to introduce you to an experienced solicitor to take over your claim. If you wish to receive more zoo employee accident advice, simply call us on 0800 180 4123 or get in touch with us by filling in the claim form on our website.
Date Published: January 2, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident at work claim