What To Do If Your Pet Causes an Accident and Injury
There have been many cases where a dog owner innocently takes their pet out for a walk, only for it to become aggravated and cause an injury to a pedestrian. In these cases, it is usually the owner who would be held liable for the accident, although it depends on the whole situation. It is important that you have insurance to cover you for these cases as if someone makes a compensation claim in Symonds Yat West against you, it will be the insurance company who pays out, rather than it coming out of your pocket.
Examples of scenarios which may lead to compensation claims include a person out for a jog and a dog running up and causing them to trip up and take a tumble which then causes them to be injured. In some cases, the accident and injury could be much more severe and the dog could viciously attack another person.
The injured person does not need to have proof regarding the owner’s negligence in order to make a compensation claim in Symonds Yat West, they only have to prove injuries and that they were caused by the dog, for instance photographs and/or medical records.
What You Can Do
If you are at the receiving end of a claim for compensation, there are several ways you may be able to reduce liability or prove your innocence all together. Some of the ways you can do this are by proving that the dog was provoked, the accident occurred when your dog was attacked by another dog, the attack was the result of trespassing by the individual who has been injured, the injured person provoked the dog or that someone else had control of your dog at the time of the accident occurring.
If you are the owner of a dog, you should make sure you have insurance to cover you in case of these kinds of incidents; otherwise you could be severely left out of pocket. The cost of these types of compensation claims could spiral into thousands of pounds, so it is always better to be protected.
If the injured party decides to make a claim against you, the claims company will contact you to discuss the incident and at this time, you will be able to provide your own evidence or accept liability if this is the case. Your insurance company would then deal with deciding on the payout and anything relating to the costs.
You may be on the receiving end this time, but at any other time, if you feel that you need to make a compensation claim in Symonds Yat West, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline and speak to an advisor who will put you in touch with an in-house solicitor. They will then deal with your claim for you and give you advice and support throughout the process. Simply call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 28th August 2013
Author: David Brown