Injuries Caused by Dangerous Livestock

Livestock naturally as animals can be unpredictable and therefore dangerous. Injuries can often be caused when livestock become dangerous in certain situations. If you have suffered injury caused by dangerous livestock then financial compensation may be payable. Livestock such as cows and sheep are bred to be domesticated. They are largely docile and will not cause injury or harm to people. However people can still suffer injury when it is not their fault. Contact us at Manners Pimblett if you believe you may have a claim and our understanding and professional advisors will assess whether you may be eligible for financial compensation.

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When can injuries be caused by dangerous livestock?

Thousands of people in the UK come into contact with livestock at any one point and so there is potential for injury to be caused, especially if negligence is involved. For example:

  • Livestock may be kept in a field where a public right of way is;
  • Livestock are part of many people’s day to day working life such as farm workers and vets;
  • Livestock are often transported by foot on roads, thereby coming into close proximity to road users;
  • Livestock can escape through poorly maintained enclosures and come into contact with road users.

In any one of these situations a person can be injured when livestock become dangerous. If you have suffered an injury from dangerous livestock then contact us at Manners Pimblett to see if you have a claim.

When do livestock become dangerous?

Generally livestock are larger, stronger and heavier then the average person. Injury can be caused by the animal charging deliberately or by the animal stepping or crushing a person.

Injuries can be caused when the owners are negligent and fail in their duty of care.

Owners of the livestock are:

  • Under a duty of care to keep animals under control to prevent injury to passers by;
  • Under a duty of care to provide adequate training and personal protective equipment to people who come in contact with the animals as part of their job.

For example, a farmer keeps livestock being kept in a field with a public right of way. The farmer should take all reasonable precautions to ensure that passers by are not injured. This could mean ensuring calving livestock are not in this field, as cows will instinctively be more dangerous to protect their calves. In another example, a farmer fails to maintain the fence to a field. A sheep escapes and causes a road traffic accident which leads to personal injury.

If you have suffered injury from a livestock that has become dangerous due to the negligence of its owner, then contact us at Manners Pimblett for a FREE NO OBLIGATION assessment of 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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