If you have suffered physical or psychological injuries as a result of an animal attack, you may be able to claim against the individual who owns or controls the animal. While domestic pets, such as dogs and cats, are known for attacking people, you may also make claims relating to attacks from horses, cattle and zoo animals.
Why do animals attack?
Animals attack for a number of reasons. Most animals attack when they feel threatened or are startled unexpectedly. Horses, for example, tend to cause harm when they bolt or kick out as a response to becoming startled. Dogs, on the other hand, cause injuries when they attack or act aggressively towards threats from potential intruders. While certain animals attack because they have been trained to deter strangers, owners of aggressive animals should act accordingly to ensure that others are not put at risk of harm. If they fail to do so, they may find themselves on the receiving end of compensation claims.
Animal attacks can be terrifying and may leave you feeling traumatised for years. In addition to leaving physical scars, the psychological damage caused by animal attacks can last a lifetime and can cause you to feel anxious about the prospect of coming into contact with any animal.
How can I make an animal injury claim?
To make an animal injury claim, you should have sustained your injury within the last three years and must be able to provide the animal owner’s name and address and information about the animal in question, such as whether the owner has taken out insurance against the animal. This is important, as it will dictate whether the animal’s owner has the means to meet the cost of your animal injury compensation claim. If you have spoken to the police about the attack, you will also need to supply the details of the police officers involved in your case.
If you are thinking of making a compensation claim, call our team of personal injury specialists at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and receive free help and guidance. We will talk you through the process of making a claim and will explain the likely outcome of your case. Once we have looked into your case, we will ask you whether you wish to pursue your claim. If you decide to go ahead with your claim, we will begin the claims process immediately and if your claim is successful, you will receive compensation for your injuries.