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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Zoo visitor accident advice


    If you have suffered injuries due to a zoo accident and you are thinking of making a claim, then you require zoo visitor accident advice. Accident Advice Helpline can help you by providing reliable and relevant legal advice to enable you to make a successful compensation claim.

    Unfortunately, nowadays we hear of more accidents happening in zoos around the country. Different circumstances can contribute to accidents in zoos. For instance, an animal might break free of its enclosure and attack visitors at the zoo. This can lead to stampeding as people scramble to get out of the animal’s way. Several individuals might be trampled in the process.

    On the other hand, the injuries might be more direct. Some zoos might allow visitors to interact with animals they deem relatively tame. For example, visitors may be allowed to feed young animals or to take photos with them. Since wild animals are often unpredictable, they might turn on the unfortunate victims, inflicting serious injuries.

    If you were a visitor to a zoo and were involved in an accident, you might have sufficient grounds for claiming compensation for the injuries you sustained.

    Basis of the claim

    The owners of wild animals are held strictly liable for any injuries inflicted by animals under their care. Zoo owners in particular, are expected to provide a safe environment for both animals and visitors. As a zoo visitor who suffered injuries because of a zoo accident, you bear the burden of proof in your compensation claim case. This means that the onus is on you to prove that the zoo’s owner failed to provide a safe environment for you and other visitors to enjoy the animals.

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    How much compensation will I receive?

    The amount of money you receive as compensation depends on the severity of your injuries and the overall effect they have had on your life. We at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you to claim compensation for the following:

    • General damages. This refers to the compensation awarded for the physical and psychological pain you endured as a result of the accident and subsequent injuries.
    • Specific damages.  This compensation seeks to help you recoup any financial losses you incurred thanks to the accident. It might include the cost of treatment and medication, cost of care, as well as any present or future loss of income.

    How long will the claims process take?

    The length of time taken to settle a zoo visitor accident compensation claim largely depends on the particulars of the case. Some cases are finalized within a few weeks while others can drag on for months.

    There are usually many legal procedures to follow coupled by lengthy paperwork to process. Your solicitor needs to gather evidence and scrutinize the accident reports in order to build a solid case for you. All these things can contribute to increasing your waiting period.

    To receive more zoo visitor accident advice, you can contact us on 0800 180 4123. This is our free helpline and it is manned 24-hours a day so one of our friendly advisors is always on hand to receive your call.

    Date Published: January 2, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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