Animal attack claim

Animal attack claim

For getting your life back on track

Facing the aftermath of an animal attack can be traumatic and confusing. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an animal attack, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what steps to take next. The physical and emotional trauma can be significant, impacting your everyday life and potentially causing financial strain due to medical bills or time off work.

At Switalskis, we understand the hardship you're going through, and we're here to help. We specialise in dealing with animal injury claims and can guide you through this challenging time. Our team of skilled animal attack lawyers can provide you with the caring, straightforward advice you need to navigate this complex legal process.

Whether your injury was caused by a dog bite, an equestrian incident, a cow accident, or something else, we’re ready to help you. We believe in being clear and concise, removing the 'legalese' and ensuring you understand every step of your animal attack claim journey. With Switalskis on your side, you're not just getting a team of lawyers; you're getting a team of committed allies who’ll strive for the best possible outcome for you.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 138 0458 , or get in touch via the website .

To see if you are eligible for a claim, please call our Switalskis team on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us through our website to find out more about how we can help.

How Switalskis can help

We have an experienced team dedicated to handling animal attack claims. We're not only here to provide you with specialist legal advice; we're also here to care, listen and reassure. We understand the trauma you might be dealing with, and we'll strive to secure the animal injury compensation you need to move forward.

Being involved in an animal attack can turn your life upside down. At Switalskis, we're here to help turn things back around. Our firm is more than a provider of legal services; we're your partner on this journey towards recovery and justice.

The strength of Switalskis lies in our ability to tailor our services to suit your unique needs. We know that no two cases are the same, and we approach each one with a fresh perspective and a keen eye for detail. We focus on your individual circumstances, ensuring that we fight for a resolution that best suits your current and future needs.

From the moment you get in touch with us, we're committed to making your journey as easy as possible. We handle all the legal complexities, from gathering the necessary evidence to negotiating settlements. We keep you informed and involved, translating all the legal jargon into simple, understandable language. We want you to feel confident and comfortable at every stage of your claim.

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Dog bites

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of dog bite injuries in the UK. Whether it's a pet or a stray, a dog bite can be a deeply distressing incident. Our expert solicitors will work to help you navigate the complexities of a dog bite claim. We'll guide you every step of the way, ensuring your rights are protected and you receive the animal attack compensation you're entitled to.

We deal with all types of dog bite cases, from minor injuries to severe cases where extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation are necessary. We are experienced in dealing with the physical consequences, such as scarring, as well as the injuries. This includes (PTSD) that can occur after a dog attack.

For more information on dog bite claims, visit our dedicated page.

Equestrian claims

Horse riding, while a rewarding activity, comes with its own set of risks. Whether you're a professional rider or someone who enjoys equestrian activities as a hobby, accidents can happen, leading to severe injuries and long-term consequences. At Switalskis, we have an experienced team that specialises in equestrian claims, offering clear and supportive advice to help you navigate the complexities of your case.

Understanding the unique aspects of equestrian claims is essential. Factors such as the nature of the accident, horse behaviour, riding equipment, and the conditions under which you were riding all play a part in these cases. Our team of solicitors is experienced in this field and have an in-depth understanding of the factors that could influence your claim.

We handle a wide variety of equestrian claims, including injuries:

  • From a road traffic collision
  • Due to defective equipment such as a saddle, reins or riding hat
  • From working with horses
  • During a riding lesson
  • From a competitive event, either as a spectator or competitor
  • As a result of riding on dangerous/defective surfaces
  • As a result of a horse’s unpredictable and/or dangerous behaviour

Not only can people suffer injuries while riding a horse, they can also be injured when on the ground handling horses, or within the vicinity of horses. 

If you’re injured by an animal at work such as a horse riding facility, you would also be entitled to the protection of workplace health and safety regulations. Your employers have a duty of care to keep you safe.

Whatever your circumstances, our dedicated team will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, securing relevant evidence, and speaking to witnesses to build a strong case on your behalf.

Cow accident claims

Incidents involving cows can cause severe injuries, and in the worst cases, even fatalities. At Switalskis, our team has extensive experience in dealing with cow accident claims. We're here to guide you through the legal process, ensuring your rights are upheld and your claim is handled professionally.

Handling a cow accident claim requires specific knowledge of laws and regulations governing livestock and public safety. We understand the unique factors involved in cow accident claims, such as the behaviour of the cow, the conditions of the location where the incident happened, and the responsibilities of the livestock owner. For instance, farmers must ensure their paths are safe to walk on and display clear warning signs if there are cattle in their field.

Whether your injury was caused by being trampled, charged or otherwise, we’re here to help. We handle cases involving walkers, hikers and farm workers who have had unfortunate encounters with cows. Our dedicated team will investigate every aspect of your case, gathering the necessary evidence and witness statements to strengthen your claim.

Making an animal attack claim

Starting an animal attack claim can seem daunting, but we're here to simplify the process for you. Here's a step-by-step guide on how we help you through the process:

Step 1: Initial consultation

An initial meeting allows us to understand your circumstances, evaluate the merits of your claim, and give you an idea of what to expect throughout the process.

Step 2: Establishing your claim

If you decide to proceed, we'll start gathering evidence to support your claim. This could include medical reports, photographs of your injuries, witness statements, and any available police or animal control records. We'll also assess whether there were any breaches of legal duties or guidelines by the animal's owner.

Step 3: Notifying the defendant

Once we have all the necessary details, we'll prepare and submit your claim to the party at fault or their insurer. We'll present a clear and compelling case, detailing the incident, your injuries, and the impact on your life.

Step 4: Negotiation

The defendant's insurer will review the claim and respond. They may accept liability and offer a settlement, or they may dispute the claim. In either case, we'll negotiate on your behalf, always striving to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Step 5: Court proceedings (where necessary)

If we can’t reach a satisfactory settlement, or liability is denied, we may need to take your case to court. If this happens, we'll guide you through the court process, preparing you for any hearings and representing your interests at all times.

Step 6: Settlement and compensation

If your claim is successful, whether through settlement or court, we'll arrange for the compensation to be paid to you. We aim to ensure any compensation covers your current and future needs.

Incidents involving animals are governed under the Animals Act 1971. Depending on the circumstances and severity of your injuries, you may also be able to pursue a criminal injury compensation claim.

What are the time limits for making an animal attack claim?

The law sets certain time limits for making a claim. In the context of animal attacks, it's important to understand these time constraints so you don’t lose your chance to seek justice and compensation.

As a general rule, you have three years from the date of the animal attack injury to make a personal injury claim. This three-year period is known as the 'limitation period'. If legal proceedings are not started in court within this time, your claim will usually be barred and you may not be able to claim animal attack compensation.

However, there are exceptions to this rule. For instance:

  • If the injured person is a child: the three-year countdown starts from the date of their 18th birthday, not the date of the accident. This means a claim can be made on their behalf until they turn 21.
  • If the injured person lacks mental capacity: the limitation period may not apply if the person injured by the animal lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves.
  • If the person involved in the accident dies: in cases where an animal attack tragically results in death, the time limits for making a claim will be adjusted accordingly. In fatal cases, the three-year limitation period can begin from either:
    - The date of the death, if death occurred later than the date of the attack
    - The date when the person pursuing the claim became aware of the connection between the death and the animal attack. This is often referred to as the ‘date of knowledge’.

Given the complexities of these rules, we recommend getting in touch with our expert personal injury team as soon as possible following an animal attack. Acting quickly will help you avoid the risk of missing any deadlines, and also aids the collection of evidence, which can be more straightforward closer to the time of the incident.

We'll always be upfront about these timelines and work diligently to prepare and advance your claim, always with your best interests at heart.

What will animal attack compensation cover? How much compensation can I claim?

The compensation from an animal attack claim can cover physical and emotional pain, loss of earnings, future loss of income, medical costs, and any other expenses related to your injury. We'll strive to secure a compensation package that reflects the true impact the incident has had on your life.

If you've been injured in an animal attack, it's crucial to understand what you might be able to claim for. The compensation you receive is designed to put you back in the financial position you would have been in if the accident hadn’t happened. Here are some of the common components of an animal attack compensation claim:

  • General damages: these cover the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you’ve experienced as a result of the accident, including both physical injuries and psychological trauma.
  • Special damages: these damages cover any out-of-pocket expenses or financial losses you've experienced because of the incident. They can include:
    - Medical expenses: if you've needed to pay for prescription charges, private treatments, physiotherapy, counselling, or any other treatments linked to your injuries, these costs can be included in your claim.
    - Loss of earnings: if you've had to take time off work, or are unable to work in the future due to your injuries, you can claim for lost earnings.
    - Travel expenses: any travel costs associated with your injuries, such as trips to and from medical appointments, can be claimed for.
    - Care and assistance: if you've required help with daily activities or personal care due to your injuries, the cost of this care can be included in your claim.

Every claim is unique, and the compensation you may be entitled to will be based on the specific circumstances of your case. At Switalskis, we make sure every aspect of your claim is considered and calculated appropriately.

How are animal attack claims funded?

One of the main concerns people often have when considering a claim is the cost. We aim to make legal support accessible to everyone, and we provide a range of funding options to suit your needs:

  • No win, no fee agreements: also known as conditional fee agreements (CFAs), these arrangements mean that if your claim is unsuccessful, you won't have to pay our legal fees. If your claim is successful, a portion of your compensation will cover our fees, meaning you'll never be out of pocket.
  • Legal expenses insurance: you may already have legal expenses cover as part of your home or car insurance policy, which could be used to fund your claim. We can help you check your policies to see if this is an option for you.
  • Trade union funding: if you're a member of a trade union, they may be able to provide funding for your claim.

We're committed to transparency and will discuss all available options with you at the outset, helping you to understand the best way to fund your claim. Everyone deserves access to justice, and we'll make sure that the cost is not a barrier for you to claim compensation that you are entitled to.

Key things to remember when making an animal attack claim

If you've been unfortunate enough to suffer an animal attack, it's essential to take certain steps to ensure your claim has the best chance of success. It may feel overwhelming in the moment, but the following advice can make a difference to the outcome of your case:

  • Identify the owner/handler/keeper of the animal: establishing who is responsible for the animal at the time of the incident is a crucial first step. The animal's owner, or the person in charge of it at the time, is typically the one held responsible for the animal's actions.
  • Report the incident to the police where applicable: it's crucial to officially document the incident. Reporting it to the police creates an official record and can help validate your claim. This is particularly important in severe cases, or where the animal has been dangerously out of control.
  • Take photographs of your injury/scarring: visual evidence of your injury can be a powerful component of your claim. Clear photographs taken shortly after the incident and during the healing process can help demonstrate the extent of your injuries and the impact they’ve had on your life.
  • Get the contact details of any witnesses: if there were any bystanders who witnessed the attack, their accounts can provide vital independent evidence to support your claim. Make sure to get their contact details, so your solicitor can reach out to them if necessary.
  • Ask if the animal has previously attacked anyone else: if the animal has a history of aggressive behaviour or previous attacks, this can strengthen your claim significantly. It shows that the owner was aware of the animal's dangerous tendencies, yet failed to take the necessary precautions.

Remember, every bit of information and evidence can help build a strong case. When you work with Switalskis, our team of expert solicitors will assist you in collecting this evidence, and guide you through the process step by step.

Contact us today and let's start your journey towards recovery together. Call us today on 0800 1380 458, or get in touch via our form.

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Katrina ElseySenior Associate Litigation Executive
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Rosie DoddsAssociate Solicitor
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Diane ParkerDirector and Solicitor
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Why Switalskis?

Though claiming compensation might not be your first thought following an accident, making a claim can help you in more ways than you think. At Switalskis, our expert and compassionate solicitors will work on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery.

Clarity in complexity

Animal attack compensation claims can seem complicated, but understanding them doesn't need to be. We’re committed to unravelling complex legal jargon into clear, comprehensible language. We answer your queries, simplify what's complicated, and make sure you understand each stage of the process fully.

Empathy at every step

Our team is invested in understanding your unique circumstances. We listen to your worries, respect your feelings, and offer mindful advice for your specific situation. To us, you're not just a client; you're a person undergoing a tough time. We’re here to provide our unwavering support.

Expertise you can trust

When dealing with something as critical as an animal attack compensation claim, you need assurance that you're in trustworthy hands. Switalskis boasts decades of experience and a proven track record in handling animal injury compensation claims. We're dedicated to advocating for your rights and working towards the most favourable outcome for you. Many of our solicitors are recognised specialists in their field, accredited by the Law Society .

Championing your rights

Our team is motivated to defend your rights and make your voice heard. We'll guide you at each step of the animal attack claim process, making sure you're well-informed and feel confident to make the right decisions. Trust us to turn a challenging situation into a journey towards justice and recovery.

What are the types of personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:

Find out how Switalskis can help you

Animal attacks can leave you with physical injuries and emotional turmoil. But always remember, you're not on your own. Our team of legal professionals is here to understand your unique situation, and tirelessly pursue the best possible outcome for your animal attack claim.

Reach out to Switalskis today by calling 0800 1380 458, or get in touch with us via our website to discuss your concerns confidentially with a legal specialist.

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