If you have been walking in the Bewcastle area of Cumbria, then you might have had an accident involving a farm animal. Cows and bulls may seem docile while they are grazing, but they can be dangerous and can kill walkers. Farmers who have herds of cattle grazing on land through which there is a public right of way, have a responsibility to keep members of the public safe. If you have an accident you’ll need an accident solicitor in Bewcastle.
Accidents and Deaths caused by Livestock
The two most common incidences of accidents with cattle are when walkers are with their dogs, and when cows have young calves with them.
Cows can feel stress and this may be caused by weather conditions, illness or because there are unusual conditions (such as large groups of walkers and dogs). Maternal instincts for a new-born calf can turn even the most docile animal into an aggressive one. Because cows are large, heavy animals, they can cause serious injuries. Even a small knock can cause a serious injury.
Some bulls, such as Friesians, Dairy Shorthorns and Holsteins (among others) are not, by law, supposed to be kept in fields where there is a public right of way. For other bulls, farmers have to assess their temperaments and keep any aggressive animals away from areas on the farm where there is public access.
Walkers have a responsibility to remain on the prescribed footpath (which farmers should have clearly indicated with signs) and to keep their dogs under control. Dogs should not be allowed to roam freely through a field of cattle.
There are Health and Safety measures in place which farmers should abide by and if an accident occurs because there has been a disregard for safety, then the farmer may be liable to pay compensation for an injury caused by his/her animals. The Health and Safety Executive monitor compliance with the regulations.
Accident solicitor in Bewcastle
If you have had an accident which was not your fault within the last three years, you might be trying to find an accident solicitor in Bewcastle in the phone directory. Alternatively you could be searching online for an “accident solicitor in Bewcastle.” There are any number of accidents which can occur and the severity of one’s injuries can vary from mild to catastrophic. An accident solicitor in Bewcastle or elsewhere may not be experienced in claiming compensation for the type of accident you were involved in.
Accident Advice Helpline
We at Accident Advice Helpline have more than fourteen years’ experience of dealing with personal injury compensation claims, and as our solicitors live and work all over the UK we have experts in all types of accidents and injuries.
Why not visit Accident Advice Helpline and find out more about us and how we might be able to help you? You can then call us, for free expert advice, on our freephone numbers: 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Our lines are always available for your calls, so why not call right now?
Date Published: 13th June 2013