Have you been attacked by an animal maybe a dog or cat that wasn’t your fault. If you’ve suffered any pain, medical treatment that has incurred costs, loss of earnings as you’ve been unable to attend work full time or part time as well as any fees you’ve paid. If so you have the legal and civil right to claim compensation for the points listed above.
You may have been bitten by a dog whilst going out for a walk on your own or with your family whatever the circumstances this should have never happened to you. You also may have been walking your dog and another dog has tried to attack your dog and you have tried to stop this from happening and in the process have got yourself bitten. None of this is your fault and this dog should never have bitten you and therefore you have a right to claim compensation for your pain and suffering.
It may have been a cat that has bitten you more unlikely than a dog but this can happen and if so the above applies to you too, no animal should bite a human but some dogs have a violent streak and there’s nothing we humans can do to prevent this except good dog training but sometimes this still isn’t enough.
It may even involve being kicked by a horse, this can occur serious injuries, as their kick is so powerful it may kick your leg, shoulder, head and stomach and chest. Wherever it may kick you it can be very painful and you may need to consult a hospital for your injuries.
Proving the owner of the dog, cat, horse or any other animal is to blame for your injury can help your compensation claim but its no necessary. If the animal was behaving as it usually does normally the owner of the animal is usually liable but if the person injured was making the dog act different this may cause problems with the claim.
Children, postmen and other courier workers delivering parcels to homes are at a higher risk of being bitten by a dog. Dogs can be very territorial about their home and their owners and can become intimidated when they are approached. Children are more likely just to go up to a dog and stroke it, this may catch the dog off guard and get scared and this is when the dog may bite the child.
Any animal attack doesn’t necessarily have to involve a police investigation for the compensation claim to be successful as the Animals Act of 1971 realises that blame isn’t the whole case of the owner.
If you have had any of the above happen to you and you’ve suffered loss of earnings, suffering of pain, medical costs you should consult a specialised solicitor where they can take on your claim and help you along the way of claiming your compensation. Some questions a solicitor may ask you concerning the animal attack is were their any witnesses if so they may be contacted to get a report of what they saw, who was with the animal if anyone, if you’ve seen or met the animal before was it the same reaction as this time and who owns and looks after the animal.
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