What Is An Animal Attack and Can I Claim Compensation?

If an animal attacks you or your child or you simply suffered an injury as a direct result of animal’s temperament or behaviour, then you may be entitled to compensation. And this is regardless of whether the attack is mental, physical or psychological. Just by reading the news, there has been a high number of recorded high-profile cases in the recent past whereby children were reportedly mauled to death by pets mainly imported breeds of dogs such as Pit Bulls and Rottweillers.

Can I Make a Claim Following an Animal Attack By a Pet?

A person can make an animal attack compensation claim when they are injured by a household pet under certain circumstances, especially considering that almost 50% of homes today around the world keep at least one pet under their roofs. This has consequently translated to more pet injury cases being reported especially now that there is more human-animal contact than ever before. In the UK alone, for instance, there has been a 76% rise in animal attack-related injuries (specifically dogs ) in the last ten years alone. To be more exact, over 7500 people have been admitted to hospitals in this country for injuries caused by vicious dog attacks and bites.

However, as much as the statistics above are startling, it is good to remember that you can file for an animal claim compensation against the owner if their pet has accidentally or intentionally attacked you or a member of your family. And if the injury took place in the pet owner’s home, you will have to prove in lengths that they (the owner) were negligent of their duty to keep you/your blood relation safe from harm. On the other hand, if the injury occurred in a public area – say a park or an alley – you will be entitled to an animal attack compensation claim from established pet control government bodies such as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICA).

Other than that, some responsible pet owners will usually have a pet insurance cover that covers such accidental or unprovoked attacks by the pets or any injury that pet’s unprovoked behaviour directly causes it. In such a case, the injured party has to file a compensation claim from the insurance company, and thus they can receive a settlement for their complaint regardless of whether or not the owner of the pet can afford the compensation.

Can I Claim Following a Farm Animal Attack?

While domestic household pets are bred to be docile, farm animals tend to be a little more temperamental and therefore, dangerous. For this reason, it is advisable for farmers to put up cautionary and warning signs whenever their farm animals are in public.

That said, if you are accidentally injured by a farm animal while at work, you can make a compensation claim against the owner of the animals – in this case, your employer – as it is their duty to keep you from harm’s way. In such a situation, proof of inadequate PPE (personal protective equipment) or training may be evidence that the employer didn’t take the requisite preventive measures necessary to pre-empt such an injury.

How Can I Get in Touch with Tylers for My Animal Attacks Compensation Claim?

If you have suffered Animal Attack or any other Animal Attack as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault or due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.

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