Many people are in contact with animals every day in a professional capacity, or in everyday life socially and at home. Whether you are at home with a pet, in public and around animals, or working with animals as part of your day job, you are likely to develop strong connections and love for animals. Even as animal lovers though, we understand that they can be quite unpredictable at times, becoming aggressive, unruly, and potentially causing accident and injuries to those around them. At times an accident involving an animal can come without any warning at all, causing devastating consequences.
In the UK, the most common cause of animal injury claims are those involving domestic pets, specifically dogs causing injuries through dog bites. There are countless other reasons why an animal compensation claim could be brought forward however, including road traffic accidents involving horses and other animals, accidents involving zoo animals for both zoo workers and visitors, cattle injuries on large farms, as well as incidents involving horses. Compensation can be claimed by a person who has suffered injury as a direct result of the actions of an animal.
As an owner of an animal it is important that you have a full and frank understanding of your responsibilities and duty of care to the public. This counts whether you own a domestic pet and keep it at home; you own livestock, or other working animals as part of your profession. In the majority of cases of animal compensation claims, an animal owner should have public liability insurance to cover liability for any injuries caused by their animals to a human being.
Public liability must be understood, as if you own a business that has animals working, or the public can use your facilities or services and animals are present, it is your legal obligation to undertake thorough risk assessments to ensure all animals are managed effectively. With good management you can reduce the risks within the environment of the public (or your staff members) becoming injured by animals. There are several ways in which you could be injured by animals, from animals becoming loose on a farm or zoo, domestic pets attacking you and causing direct harm, to horse riding incidents on a farm or on the road. If you own animals you must do everything you can to lessen the risks to others.
No matter the circumstances behind an injury, whether it was through an attack by a domestic animal in a public space, at a zoo, farm, or other professional location with working animals, it is important that you seek full, specialist animal compensation claim support from solicitors with expertise in the field. Having expert legal advice and guidance from day one of a claim will go a long way to providing you with peace of mind throughout the entire legal process. They can offer you advice on all potential funding options, as well as specific avenues to go down and information to focus on when making a claim for compensation after an accident involving an animal.