Most animals are fairly placid and unlikely to attack unless provoked. However, there are some animals who are innately dangerous or who are likely to cause serious harm if not kept properly under control. These include certain breeds of dogs known to be highly aggressive and larger animals like horses, cows and bulls who have a tendency to kick out, rear up or charge at people when they feel threatened or spooked.
Being bitten or attacked by an animal can be a terrifying experience, exposing you to the risk of infection and causing a range of injuries from minor cuts and bruises to permanent scarring, severe brain damage and full or partial paralysis. Psychological trauma is also likely, particularly among children who often struggle to process how they are feeling and can end up suffering from stress and anxiety as a result.
If you or a loved one have been injured by an animal your number one priority will be seeking medical treatment and any counselling on offer to help you come to terms with what has happened. Beyond this thought should be given to making a personal injury claim against the animal’s owner or handler for failing to keep you safe from harm.
Dog Bite OR Animal Attack Claims
Our personal injury lawyers can help you to make a dog bite or animal attack compensation claim for:
- the pain and suffering your injuries have caused, whether they be physical or psychological;
- the impact your injuries have had on the quality of your everyday life;
- any out of pocket expenses directly related to the accident in which you were hurt or the injuries you have suffered;
- lost income, whether through a drop in wages or pension entitlement;
- the cost of walking aids or any other specialist equipment you now require; and
- the estimated cost of providing you with ongoing care.
Where you want to claim compensation for a fatal accident, we can help you to secure a financial settlement that reflects your grief, the cost of your loved one’s funeral, any medical costs incurred between the point at which they were injured and when they passed away, together with a lump sum in recognition of the financial support they may have previously provided but from which you will no longer benefit.
We can also put you in touch with a range of support groups able to help as you adjust to life with a serious injury or without a much treasured family member. These groups include the specialist scars charity Changing Faces and bereavement organisations Grief Journey UK and Care for the Family.
Personal Injury Compensation
A compensation claim may be possible in any case where injury or death has occurred following a dog bite or animal attack for which you or your loved one were not to blame. This includes attacks that took place while in a public place, such as the local park, or while visiting someone’s home or business as an invited guest, whether socially or for work purposes.
Our dog bite solicitors can help to bring a dog bite claim where you have been bitten by:
- an out of control dog;
- a dangerous dog that should have been muzzled under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991;
- a dog that you have been invited to pat by its handler; or
- a dog that was alone at the time of the attack.
Our animal attack solicitors can help to bring a claim where you have been:
- kicked or crushed by a house;
- kicked or crushed by a bull or other heavy livestock; or
- bitten or stung by a venomous animal.
The claim will be made against the person with legal responsibility for the dog or animal that has harmed you, many of whom are likely to be farmers or pet owners with insurance in place to cover attack compensation making it easier to achieve a swift settlement of you claim.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on a number of things, including the severity of your injuries, the impact they have had on your life and whether or not you are ever likely to fully recover. Award amounts can vary from a few thousand pounds for minor puncture wounds not expected to cause permanent scarring to tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds for more serious injuries likely to cause permanent disfigurement or disablement.
You will usually have three years from the date of injury in which to make a compensation claim, although this time limit can be extended where you have been suffering from a recognised physical or mental health condition which has thus far made it impossible for you to take action.
If you are claiming on behalf of a child you will have until they turn 18 to start proceedings and if you yourself were a child at the time of the attack you will have until you turn 21 to start the claims process.
Time limits in personal injury cases are strictly enforced so it is important to seek legal advice as soon as you can.
Why choose Step Legal Solicitors?
Our lawyers are accident claims specialists who act exclusively for personal injury victims, and in particular for children who tend to be disproportionately affected by dog bites and animal attack incidents.
We have an excellent track record in achieving great results, including for people who have been told by other solicitors that they have missed the time limit for bringing a claim or who have already received a compensation offer but for an inadequate amount.
A notable client win recently achieved by our team was for a young girl left with scarring and psychological trauma after being attacked by a neighbour’s dog and for whom we managed to secure £8,000.
Our commitment to ensuring you and anyone else who comes to see us for help receives an excellent service and the justice they deserve is evidenced by the membership of our founding director Abid Hussain to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
We understand that legal fees can be a big cause for concern, particularly if you are currently off work trying to recuperate or care for a loved one. That is why we offer a free initial, consultation and insurance backed no win, no fee funding which, as the name suggests, means you will not pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful and that there will be no financial risk to you in the event your case is lost. Please see our costs information factsheet for more details.
Our offices are based in Crewe but we serve clients throughout Cheshire and Staffordshire and in cases of serious injury or death even further afield.
Our premises are disabled friendly, with client carparking to the rear and step-free access to our ground floor meeting room.
Home appointments can be arranged where travel into our offices is not possible, particularly where you live in Nantwich, Northwich, Sandbach, Macclesfield or Stoke-on-Trent.
For Polish clients who wish to use our services, but who may struggle to understand or read English, we offer a Polish interpretation and translation service provided our Polish paralegal Agnieszka Kulas.
Our lawyers in Crewe will happily talk you through the legal process of making a personal injury claim but in the first instance you may find it useful to take a look at our frequently asked questions guide which provides answers to the top ten things clients normally ask us about when we first meet.
- When can I make a personal injury claim?
- What can I claim for?
- How much compensation am I likely to receive?
- Can you help with medical treatment and rehabilitation?
- Will you look at my case, even if I have been turned away by another lawyer?
- What is the process for making a claim?
- Will I have to go to court?
- How much will it cost me to make a claim?
- How quickly will my claim be dealt with?
- Is there a time limit for making a claim?
To arrange an appointment please call us now on 0800 1956412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.