As a nation, we are renowned as animal lovers. Dogs, in particular, have been part of our culture and history for centuries. From King Charles spaniels to corgis, man’s best friend is an integral part of many homes and families. Cats too are our domesticated feline friends, and many of us love to visit zoos, safari parks and farms on our days off to see animals of all shapes and sizes. But whilst animals are fluffy, cute and generally very friendly, occasionally, animals turn on humans and an animal attack occurs.
The effects of animal attack injuries can be very serious, particularly for children. And the impact is not only physical. The mental trauma and emotional impact of an attack can last a lifetime. You could suffer serious injuries which leave you scarred or disfigured, affecting you physically and psychologically. You could even be affected if you witness an animal attack, which could cause you emotional distress and the development of conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Have you suffered an animal attack?
You might ask how you could suffer from animal attack injuries in the UK. After all, we have strict laws about the control of dogs in public and how certain breeds of dog should be muzzled. But the responsibility for animal attack injuries lies firmly with the owner. Generally, a dog behaves in the manner it has been taught. If a dog has been poorly trained, it has the potential to attack and the owner is to blame. Animal attacks in zoos, safari parks and other public places are often the result of something going wrong, for example, an escaped animal, a child falling into an animal enclosure or negligence. You could even be attacked by animals whilst working on a farm or visiting a farm – for example, you could be trampled by a horse or kicked by a sheep or cow, resulting in serious injuries.
What injuries are common in animal attacks?
If you have been injured in an animal attack then you could have escaped with minor injuries or been seriously hurt. Or perhaps your child has been injured and you’re wondering about animal attack injury claims. Since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of people to claim compensation for animal attacks, and here are some of the most common injuries that we have handled claims for:
- Crush injuries and broken bones after being kicked/trampled by an animal
- Head and spinal injuries after trampling (for example, by a horse)
- Bites, lacerations and infected wounds from a dog or farm animal
- Scratches and bruises from a cat attack, which could be at risk of infection
These are just a few examples of the type of injuries which you could make animal attack injury claims for. If you have been injured and you think that somebody else – for example the animal’s owner or the manager of the establishment (such as a zoo) was to blame, then you could get in touch with us to find out more about making a personal injury claim.
The aftermath of animal attack injuries
Treating animal attack injuries can be traumatic, as often the injuries result in disfigurement to your face or limbs. But the emotional cost of living with scars and disfigurements can become part of your claim for compensation. You could also be traumatised emotionally if you are injured in an animal attack or if you witness somebody else being seriously injured by an animal. This can result in the development of anxiety, panic attacks and even post-traumatic stress disorder which can affect your whole life. If you have been emotionally impacted after an animal attack then you could be eligible to make a 100% no-win, no-fee* personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
If you have suffered serious, life-changing injuries which have left you scarred or disfigured, we can help you to get the compensation you deserve for your emotional and psychological suffering as well as your physical injuries.
Would you like Accident Advice Helpline to support your claim?
If you have been the unfortunate innocent victim of an animal attack, we at Accident Advice Helpline can offer you support in claiming for animal attack injuries. We understand that you may be worried about making a claim for any reasons. You may be nervous about coming into contact with the person who allowed their dog to injure you. You may worry that your injuries are not serious enough to warrant making a claim against the zoo where you were injured. You may be concerned about the cost of making a claim for animal attack injuries. Or you may feel that a claim will be too difficult to handle alongside your recovery from your injuries. But with our help and support, there is no reason for you to worry.
When you ask us to fight for your compensation, we do everything for you. Your paperwork is completed by us and your solicitor, chosen from our team of experts, will put your case together and present it for you. There is no upfront cost to begin your claim as our personal injury lawyers provide a 100% no-win, no-fee* service, so anybody can afford to make a claim with us, regardless of their financial circumstances after their accident.
Get in touch with us today
Call our helpline today to have a no-obligation chat about your injuries with our friendly, professional advisors. Just call us now on freephone 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We’ll be able to tell you more about animal attack injury claims, offer confidential advice relating to your accident and injuries and answer any questions you may have about the claims process and what happens next. Most animal attack injury claims can be settled out of court, so going to court is unlikely as we process the majority of claims over the phone. If you do need to go to court to get the compensation you deserve, we’ll support you throughout the whole process.
Date Published: 25th July 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Animal attack claims