Claiming Compensation for an Animal Attack

When people think of dangerous animal the list usually includes sharks, lions and deadly snakes. An accident involving these animals are however extremely rare. Domesticated animals are much more likely to attack us and cause injury. This list includes dogs, cats, horses, sheep, cows, and is not exclusive. It is unfortunate that animals can get out of control and attack people when unprovoked. The reality is that consequences of an attack from an animal can cause pain, physical harm and extreme distress. Financial compensation may be payable for an unprovoked attack from an animal. If you have suffered from an unprovoked animal attack, then contact us at Manners Pimblett and we will assess your claim for compensation.

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Dogs are the most dangerous animals

The most common cause of attack in the UK is from dogs. Although the majority of dogs are loving and friendly, dogs that have not been treated well or who are naturally aggressive can cause serious harm to those they attack. Children and babies are especially in danger, as dogs are proven to attack and cause more harm to younger people. The mental distress that can lead from a dog attack can be just as damaging and more long lasting than the physical pain and damage. If you or your child has suffered from an unprovoked dog attack, then contact us at Manners Pimblett.

I have been attacked by an animal, what should I do?

If you or your child has been attacked by an animal the most important thing to do is to ensure the safety of yourself and your child:

  • Remove yourself and your child from the situation;
  • Get medical help as quickly as possible;
  • Report the accident to the police.
  • Medical evidence, photos and witness statements can all help with a compensation claim.

Be prepared that you may feel some mental distress. An unprovoked attack from an animal, especially if the animal is a pet, can cause serious psychological damage. Your GP should be able to provide counselling if needed, and a support organisation such as Victim Support can help by listening to you talk about the attack and its consequences.

Financial Compensation may be payable

If you can prove that the attack was unprovoked and that the owner’s negligence led to the attack, then financial compensation may be payable. For example, it may be known that a neighbour’s dog has attacked before but your neighbour took no steps to prevent it happening again. It is important also to see professional legal advice, as claims for compensation for an animal attack can be complicated and difficult to prove. We at Manners Pimblett are experts in claiming for compensation in animal attack cases. If you contact us either by calling us for FREE, or completing our online form, we will assess your claim. We offer NO WIN NO FEE* agreements on personal injury matters, call one of our experts today for more information. 0845 0770772. 

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