No win no fee Bathgate lawyers and animals hurt in accidents
Sometimes accidents happen that involve animals and what you need to do depends on what sort of animal it was. Some animals do not come within the definition of animal for road traffic purposes, and it is only the ones that do that you need to report to the police. If you are unsure, you should report it anyway because they will at least arrange for a vet to make sure the animal’s injuries are taken care of.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an animal, you may be entitled to claim compensation from the owners and should contact no win no fee Bathgate lawyers to find out if you qualify.
Among animals incidents you do have to report to the police are:
Among animals you do not have to report are:
- Wild animals
How to help the animal until assistance arrives
There is ‘First Aid’ that might make the animal a bit more comfortable until help arrives. This will depend on the type of animal and how aggressive they are, but you could try:
- Approach the animal with extreme caution, even you own pet may turn on you is they are in pain or shock.
- As you are approaching, talk to the animal in a reassuring voice.
- If the animal does not appear to have breathing difficulties, but is aggressive, make your approach from behind, and if you have a scarf or something similar wrap it round the mouth, a bit like a muzzle.
- If the animal is causing an obstruction and needs to be moved, it is better to use a blanket or coat as a stretcher and move it gently to a safe place.
- If you can see open wounds, cover them gently.
- If blood is bright red and coming out in spurts, a major artery may have been severed. Do not apply a tourniquet. Cover with cloths, don’t remove soaked ones, just keep adding more and putting pressure on until the vet arrives.
Making a no win no fee Bathgate personal injury claim
If an animal causes an accident, and you are injured as well as the animal, then you can make a personal injury compensation claim against the owners. Obviously, this would not apply in the case of wild animals, but it is not unusual for a cow or sheep to cause an accident, and then the farmer is liable.
At Accident Advice Helpline we have made numerous claims where an animal has caused the accident, and just like all the other personal injury claims we make, they are made as quickly, simply and efficiently as possible, while keeping all the hassle away from you.
Our no win no fee Bathgate lawyers will ensure that every area of the accident is examined to maximise the amount of compensation you receive.
Either complete the 30-second test on our website or call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123, to get an estimate of the amount of compensation you might be awarded.
Date Published: 27th January 2014
Author: David Brown